Meet Naomi Tucker, CMP, Project Manager in Meeting & Event Planning at Humana. She is an industry pro with 17 years experience, the 2012 recipient of MPI-WI Chapter’s Meeting Planner of the Year Award, as well as the current Chapter President. Not to mention she is a wife and mother of two girls, ages 12 and four. With the daunting task of planning over 150 meetings a year (the department does over 1,500 per year), you can imagine what a typical day is like. So instead of imagining, we sat down with Naomi to hash out an average day in her life.
Renette Brazile knows the best meeting planners want to be the best. They are good listeners, are driven by their passion for the event industry, and are customer focused. According to the Dayton/Montgomery County, Ohio CVB, Renette exemplifies each of these traits, as she was their nominee for this article.
Renette has been with LexisNexis for 13 years, serving as the event manager for the past seven. She earned her CMP in 2007 and believes that planners who are passionate about their roles will obtain this designation to further demonstrate their industry expertise. “It immediately conveys that you understand the industry standards and can effectively apply them when planning an event,” she says.
Engrained with mobile and conference apps for the past few years, there is a new transition from what conference planners wanted before and now. Planners are looking to companies to take their conference apps and morph them into longer term corporate communication apps.
On the past year planners and attendees began looking for more features. Instead of just containing what you could see, software was created so you could easily search on it. For example as an end user, if you had 100 different sessions you could easily search and find using global key word search and filters.
Two CMPs were asked to reflect on meeting experiences and identify the most vivid meeting memories in their careers. What follows are Lora and Heidi’s reflections. If you would like to be included in future CMP articles, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left: Lora J. Di Padova-Tannehill, CMP
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Right: Heidi Edinger, CMP Director of Sales and Marketing
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Katie Keene Riggs, CMP, Director of Client and Conference Services with Raybourn Group International in Indianapolis, IN, was born to do what she does and loves it. She is a strong industry advocate and a firm believer in professional development and lifelong learning. Katie is a member of MPI and ASAE and serves on a MPI committee developing the Indiana Chapter’s first CMP member study sessions.
MM: How did you prepare for your current job?
KKR: I attended IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) and graduated from the TCEM (Tourism Conventions Event Management) program. In this urban setting I was able to learn from industry professionals with real life experiences, not just textbooks. I also volunteered for major events and served on meeting planning organization committees. After graduating, I held three separate positions each for a year before joining the Raybourn Group.
Five Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs) were asked what they wish they would have known when entering the profession and what the single most enjoyable part of their job is. What do you wish someone would have told you?