by By Hunter R. Slaton | September 02, 2009

It was announced on Aug. 26 that members of the medical meeting planning community have collaborated to form the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA), designed to support the industry and provide members with education, training, certification and networking. Founding members include Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, president of Meeting IQ; James Montague, president of Professional Meeting Planners Network; Marissa Wolfard, CMP, director of meetings for Meetings IQ; David Gillette, vice president of ITC; and Henry Wu, president of China Connect. The founders promise to offer a certification program that will be connected to a major university. IMMPA will officially launch on Nov. 2, during the Missouri Meetings and Events Expo in Kansas City.