ALEXANDRIA, VA – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and the Convention Industry Council (CIC) is celebrating with the first peer-selected recognition program, driven primarily on social media. Launching today, 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 Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP and CEO of the Convention Industry Council. “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.”
The criteria are simple. Nominate a CMP who has influenced your career or the industry. Who is your most respected mentor? Who has made a personal and long-lasting impact on your career or the industry? Who do you aspire to be? Nominate that person as a #CMP30 Influencer!
Nominations will be accepted now until May 22, 2015 via social media. Post the nomination to the CMP 30th Anniversary Facebook Event Page or the CMP Twitter account using 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. Nominations are open to the public; however, only nominees who have obtained and are current with their CMP designation will be eligible for consideration as one of the top 30 CMP Influencers. If you would like to verify someone’s CMP status prior to nomination, please consult the CMP Directory.
Once the public nomination window closes, the 30 CMP Influencers will be selected during a two-part process. Nominations will be aggregated and tallied via Facebook poll votes during the month of 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.
The #CMP30 Influencers will be announced in July of 2015 and will be honored with a special reception at the upcoming CMP Conclave, September 26-28, 2015, in Reno, Nevada.
To learn more, visit http://www.conventionindustry.org/CalendarEvents/CMPConclave/Conclave2015.aspx.