2017 FICP Leadership Announced

2017 FICP Leadership Announced

November 12, 2016

2017 FICP Leadership Announced

Nashville, Tenn. – Members of Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) announced the meetings professionals elected to serve on the association’s board of directors at the 2016 FICP Annual Conference, held at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Erin Longo, CMP, Director, Conference and Meeting Services, Prudential, Newark, N.J.
  • Wayne Robinson, CMP, Assistant Vice President, FM Global, Johnston, R.I.
  • Lynn Schwandt, CMP, Senior Event Planner, Thrivent Financial, Appleton, Wisc.

These individuals will serve three-year terms effective January 1, 2017.

By acclamation, Joe Scully, Senior Director, Meeting & Event Management, John Hancock Financial Services, Boston, Mass., became the 2017 Chair.

The board of directors appointed Marcia Merando, LLIF, FLMI, LUTCF, Director of Marketing, Frankenmuth Insurance, Frankenmuth, Mich., as Chair-Elect. Merando will assume the FICP Chair role in 2018.

Also continuing on the board are:

  • Caryn Taylor Lucia, Vice President, Corporate Event Marketing, SEI, Oaks, Pa.
  • Michael Burke, CMP, Director, Conference & Travel Services, The Hanover Insurance Group, Worcester, Mass.
  • Sherri Lindenberg, CLU, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Crump, Roseland, N.J.
  • Katie Senkowski, CMP, Manager, Meetings & Events, AIG Benefit Solutions, Neptune, N.J.
  • Executive Director: Steve Bova, CAE, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, Chicago, Ill.

Concluding their terms and departing the board at the end of 2016 are Shelia Cleary, AVP, Recognition and Conferences, National Life Group, Montpelier, Vt.; Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Liberty Mutual, Boston, Mass.; and, Kathy Roche, Director, Meeting & Conference Planning, Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, Ohio.

To serve on the board of directors, one must be an FICP member in good standing for at least three consecutive years; be able to maintain their corporate and/or meeting planning responsibilities as well as their board responsibilities; have the full support of their company’s management; and have at least five years of work experience as a meetings and events professional.

2017 Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee Announced

Linda Burley, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev. has been named chair of the FICP Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC), effective January 1, 2017.

The HPAC welcomes Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, Nev.; Lynn Lee, Global Sales Director, AlliedPRA, Inc., San Diego, Calif.; and Carolee Weinstein, Director, Global Accounts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, New York, N.Y. to three-year terms on the HPAC.

Cosimo Bruzzese, Vice President of Business Development, Briggs, Inc., New York, N.Y.; Martin Johnston, Regional Director of Northeast and Insurance Sales, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Windermere, Fla.; and David Riederman, CAE, Director, Global Accounts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, New York, N.Y., continue on the HPAC for 2017.

Chris Gilbert, National Sales Manager, Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston, S.C.; Isabel Mahon, Director of Sales, Incentive/Insurance, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Chicago, Ill.; and Kevin Regan, MBA, Global Director, Charter & Incentives, Azamara Club Cruises, Miami, FL, depart the HPAC at the end of 2016.

NOTE:  Photos available upon request.

About Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP)
FICP is a community of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals dedicated to developing members, and advocating the positive impact and value of their work. We elevate the profession by leveraging partnerships and our members’ collective skills and experiences to create purposeful interactions for all stakeholders whose professional success is linked to our members’ work.

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