This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and the Convention Industry Council (CIC), an association that champions the economic and social value of the meetings and event profession, is celebrating with the first peer-selected recognition program, driven primarily on social media.
Launching April 13, industry professionals are encouraged to use Facebook and Twitter to nominate a “CMP Influencer,” a CMP-certified mentor, colleague or peer who has had a personal, lasting impact on their career and on the profession.
“This awards program is different,” said CIC CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP. “This isn’t about a successful career, it’s about the people who got you there. Which mentor, colleague or leadership figure has dramatically influenced or inspired your professional journey? It’s time we thank those individuals and celebrate the people, not just the program.”
Nominations will be accepted until May 22 via social media with the phrase, “I nominate (insert full name) from (insert organization) as a #CMP30 Influencer.” Include the hashtag #CMP30 and a few reasons why the person should be nominated, if space permits.
Nominees who have obtained and are current with their CMP designation will be eligible for consideration as one of the top 30 CMP Influencers. To verify someone’s CMP status prior to nomination, consult the CMP Directory at myaccount.conventionindustry.org/Public/Directory.aspx.
The 30 CMP Influencers will be selected during a two-part process. Nominations will be aggregated and tallied via Facebook poll votes during June, after which a committee will meet to select the final winners based on the number of Facebook poll votes, personal influence on peer(s) and community/leadership presence.
Winners will be announced July 2015 and will be honored with a special reception at the upcoming CMP Conclave, Sept. 26-28 in Reno, Nev.
For more information, visit conventionindustry.org/CalendarEvents/CMPConclave/Conclave2015.aspx