Convention Industry Council Names Appointees to New CMP Governance Commission

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has selected the founding members of its CMP Governance Commission, a new body formed to oversee CIC's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification, it announced last week.

The new CMP Governance Commission replaces the CMP Board as the body in charge of keeping the CMP program current with regards to what requirements are necessary to be successful in the meetings management profession. It is comprised of CMPs who represent all sectors of the CMP community, including association, government, independent and incentive planners, industry suppliers, destination professionals, catering professionals, and meeting management educators.

"The number of CMPs who volunteered to serve on the Governance Commission, in the first year of an open nominations process, is incredible," CIC CEO Karen Kotowski said in a statement. "The interest is further proof that we have a CMP community that is devoted to the future of the CMP credential and the future of our profession."

The following individuals were elected to serve on the 2015 CMP Governance Commission: 

Joanne H. Joham , CMP, CMM 
Regional Director North America
International Congress and Convention Association 

Vice Chair
Janet Sperstad, CMP
Program Director
Madison Area Technical College

Immediate Past Chair
Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP
Network Services Directorate
Defense Information Systems Agency 

Michelle Bartolone, CMP-HC
Meeting Sites Pro Inc.

Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP
Chief Operations Officer
International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Agnes Canonica, CMP, CMM
General Manager - Americas
MD Events

Amanda Cecil, Ph.D., CMP
Associate Professor and Program Director
Indiana University

Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP
Chief Operating Officer
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Matthew J. DiSalvo, CMP
Chief Sales Officer
SER Exposition Services

Aleka Garcia, CMP, CMM
Director, Strategic Meeting Management
Pacific Communications

Amy Philips Hanley, CMP
Senior Director, Meetings and Exhibits
American College of OB/GYN

Verena Jandak, CMP
Marketing Manager, U.S., Canada, Australia, India
Vienna Convention Bureau

Leslie Jones, CMP
Chief Operating Officer
National Association for Catering and Events

Steven Lorenz, CMP, HMCC
Strategic Account Manager
Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.

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