by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 16, 2017
The Convention Industry Council, the umbrella organization with 33 member associations from the meetings industry, will now be managed by SmithBucklin, the association management and services company. CIC's CEO, Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, will continue in her position, and the organization's headquarters will move to 2025 M Street NW, Washington, D.C., on April 1.
 
The Convention Industry Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations and now represents 103,500 individuals and 19,500 organizations and properties. The council's focus is to strengthen the value and sustainability of its members, support the Certified Meeting Professional accreditation program and provide a vibrant, collaborative platform to address critical issues and ensure a thriving events industry. CIC also oversees the Accepted Practices Exchange initiative to develop standards for the industry.
 
"The board of directors is very pleased with the level of support that SmithBucklin will bring to CIC, and its ability to help our organization both now and as we work to realize our potential in the future," said Susan Robertson, CAE, executive vice president of ASAE and president of the ASAE Foundation, and who currently serves as chair of the CIC board. "SmithBucklin's culture and values are aligned with CIC's. The staff is extremely well qualified to support critical areas, such as the domestic and global expansion of the CMP credential, APEX standard-setting and major events such as the Hall of Leaders. Further, SmithBucklin's solid services in the areas of marketing and branding, IT and website development are essential for taking CIC to the next level."
 
Kotowski will continue to work with the CIC board of directors to establish the organization's strategic objectives while being accountable for developing and executing plans that achieve results. She also will lead a team of professionals who will be responsible for all aspects of the association's operations, membership recruitment and engagement, financial management, marketing and branding, communications and publications, technology and conference management. Aside from its management role, the SmithBucklin team also will support CIC initiatives such as the CMP program, APEX, the Green Meetings Industry Council and the Hall of Leaders program, which recognizes pioneers of the industry.
 
"CIC's plans will really impact how people are engaging and finding value in the meetings community," Kotowski said. "I am so happy to be part of the SmithBucklin team so that we can make these plans a reality."