by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 13, 2015
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professional program, the Convention Industry Council today launches a peer-recognition program, to be driven by social media. Meetings industry professionals are encouraged to use the hashtag #CMP30 on the CMP 30th Anniversary Facebook Event Page or the CMP Twitter account to nominate a "CMP Influencer" -- a CMP-certified mentor, colleague or peer who has had a personal, lasting impact on their career and the profession; include the phrase, "I nominate (insert full name) from (insert organization) as a #CMP30 Influencer."

"This awards program is different," said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, who is CEO of the CIC. "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 through May 22, 2015, and are open to the public; however, only those 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 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 winners will be announced in July and will be honored with a special reception at the upcoming CMP Conclave, Sept. 26-28, 2015, in Reno, Nev. To learn more, click here.