CIC Names 2012 CMP Board Chair

Karen M. Gonzales, CMP, senior vice president of membership and operations for Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), has assumed the role of board chair for the 2012 Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) announced last week. Formerly vice chair of the board, Gonzales replaces Martie Sparks, CMP, who is vice president of catering and convention service at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

"This past year has been filled with enhancements to the CMP program," Sparks said. "From the new CMP International Standards to Computer Based Testing, we have realized huge accomplishments and I can't think of a better person than Karen Gonzales to take over the reins. Karen has the experience, passion and integrity to make 2012 an exceptional year for CMP."

Prior to DMAI, Gonzales worked for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for five years as managing director of its multicultural programs and initiatives. Before that, she worked for the Denver Metro CVB for nine years as a senior citywide sales manager in charge of citywide and Latino conventions and meetings.

"My goal is to work with the board and staff in advancing the five strategic pillars from our current strategic plan while reinforcing value for the individual certification holder; maintaining program wellness; and delivering current and relevant resources globally," Gonzales said.

Since its inception in 1985, the CMP credential has been earned by more than 14,000 meeting professionals in 35 countries and territories worldwide. To earn the designation, individuals are tested on the CMP International Standards, the collection of globally relevant best practices and competencies required to be a successful professional in the meetings industry. For more information, visit