January 2015

FICP is starting 2015 off strong with the 2015 FICP Winter Symposium taking place in just a few days. With several more exciting events taking place in 2015, and a brand new TheNetwork recently introduced, 2015 is looking to be a great year for FICP, and we can’t wait to share it with you!


Five Things to Know in January

  1. FICP is now sourcing a location for the 2018 FICP Annual Conference. Learn more here.
  2. If you haven't already, get up to date with the new and improved TheNetwork. Two short webinars will guide you through the basics you need to know to utilize this helpful tool. View Part 1 and Part 2 to get started.
  3. Mark your calendar for the upcoming 2015 FICP Education Forum, taking place June 24-26 at the JW Marriott Washington, DC. Planner registration will open in March. 
  4. Our partner MeetingsNet has announced that the MeetingsNet magazine app is now available in a digital edition. By popular demand, readers can access the magazine every month on a desktop, laptop or other device without having to download anything. Click here to view the January issue. 
  5. FICP Planner Members may now renew their membership for 2015, and hospitality partners may now renew their status. Scroll down to learn more. 

2015 FICP Winter Symposium Quickly Approaching

The 2015 FICP Winter Symposium is just days away! Taking place January 25-27 at the extraordinary The Langham Hotel, Boston, this event offers attendees top-notch education from speakers like Andrew Boynton, Roger Rickard and many others, as well as unique networking opportunities in a balanced planner-to-supplier environment.


Call for Hospitality Partner Mentors & Mentees

FICP is excited to announce that we will be continuing the Mentorship Program in 2015. The program will continue to focus on assisting new and existing hospitality partners with their transition into FICP, and is designed to educate new hospitality partners on how to maximize the value of their affiliation with FICP and provide them with industry expertise. This is a year-round initiative to ensure that knowledge is being shared beyond in-person events, thereby increasing their overall professional development. 
 
Mentors selected to participate in this program have extensive FICP knowledge and are eager to serve as a resource for their colleagues. If you are interested in serving as a mentor in 2015, please click here to submit a Call for Mentor form. If you are interested in being assigned a mentor in 2015, please click here to submit a Mentor Request form. The HPAC will assign mentors later this month. 
 
We hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity to enhance your engagement with FICP. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Sherrard via email or at (312) 245-1023.
 

Renew Your FICP Membership for 2015

FICP Planner Members may now renew memberships for 2015.
Why Renew?
  • FICP offers top-notch networking and education needed to increase your strategic value. 
  • FICP maintains a balanced planner-to-hospitality partner ratio at each of our five in-person events, allowing you to create lasting relationships in the industry.
  • TheNetwork, FICP's online community, allows you to connect with peers, share ideas through discussion groups, download resources and more.
How to Renew:
Simply log into the FICP website and click on the "My Membership & Transactions" option to access your renewal invoice. Those who wish to be included in the printed 2015 FICP Directory and receive continued access to TheNetwork must renew by Friday, February 27, 2015.
 
Planners Corporate Flat-Rate
For a flat-rate of $2,250 USD, companies may include up to 25 planner memberships for the year. This includes additional planners that are hired by the company in 2015. If your company is interested in participating, please complete the corporate member renewal form and return to it Kelly Sherrard at FICP Headquarters.
 
Please note: Planner members from companies currently participating in the corporate flat-rate will not receive an individual renewal invoice for 2015. These renewals are managed by each company's primary contact and processed through the corporate invoice.
 
Multi-Planner Discount
FICP offers a $50 discount on each individual's membership dues for those companies with five or more renewing members. This discount will automatically be applied to each invoice and is not applicable to the corporate flat-rate.
 

Renew Your FICP Hospitality Partner Status for 2015

FICP Hospitality Partners may now renew their status for 2015. 
Why Renew?
  • FICP offers the opportunity to connect with more than 700 meeting planners from the financial and insurance industries. 
  • TheNetwork, FICP's online community, allows you to connect with peers, share ideas through discussion groups, download resources and more.
  • FICP maintains a balanced planner-to-hospitality partner ratio at each of our five in-person events, allowing you to create lasting relationships in the industry.  

How to Renew:

Simply log into the FICP website and click on the "My Membership & Transactions" option to access your renewal invoice. Those who wish to be included in the printed 2015 Directory and receive continued access to TheNetwork must renew by Friday, February 27, 2015.


TheNetwork Corner

There are several interesting conversations taking place right now in TheNetwork. Do you have expertise to share or a question you need answered? Take a look at a few of the conversations below and click the links to weigh in.
Keep adding your expertise and ideas. Questions? Email communitymanager@ficpnet.com.

Featured Strategic Partner

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about AZA Events. Click their logo to read our interview with them.   

 

 

 
 

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners

Planners

Cathleen Flores, LPL Financial
Stacy Schierman, Standard & Poors
Marcella Rosecrans, AIG Life & Retirement
Amanda Andersen, Bankers Fidelity
Melissa Harnden, Sammons Retirement Solutions
Christine Bermingham, Triad Advisors, Inc.
Amy Famularo, Western & Southern Financial Group
Mimma Scorsone, AIG
Tonya Batty, CMP, General Reinsurance Corp.
Amy Ryan, Grange Insurance
Jodi Lilly, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
Susan Harding, FM Global
Erica Bartelson, Health Net, Inc.
Bradley Copeland, Grange Insurance
Susan Hill, AIG Advisor Group
Heather Esham, SEI
 

Hospitality Partners

Jonathan Leonardis, 1 Hotel South Beach
Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels
Nuria Candel, Belmond
Roxana Gonzales, Belmond
Julie Giorgio, Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cole Hale, Hilton Worldwide
Zoe Pelletier-Marcotte, Hotel Le Crystal
Christine Vercoe, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
Gabriela Ong, Meet Puerto Rico
Abhijeet Maskeri, Omni Hotels & Resorts - Global Sales - Canada
Kevin Pohlmann, Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Jordan Smallwood, Premiere Speakers Bureau
Janet Walsh, Stowe Mountain Lodge
John Rovie, The Coeur D'Alene
Joely Jackson, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Robert Gamez, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Karen Farquharson, Xtra Airways
Leigh Butterfield, AlliedPRA UK
Erin Donnelly, Marriott International
Jenny Back, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Meredith Hamblin, Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia
Danielle Foisy, FASAE, CASE, Business Events Canada
Margaret Palumbo, The Steamboat Grand
Dale Hahne, DMCP, Circa - The RK Group
Alexandra Lima Pennington, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Vicki Rosenbohm, New Orleans Marriott
Traci Russell, San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
Megan Milkavich, The Joule
Rachel Traurig, The Langham, Chicago
Chris Sessions, CMP, The Omni Grove Park Inn
Michael Hackert, Xtra Airways
Robin Daly, Hyatt Regency Newport Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
Michelle Harding, AlliedPRA
Andrea Smith, Streamsong Resort