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SPIN, The Don Cesar and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Join Forces for SPINCon 2018

Dates, Venue Announced for SPINCon 2018

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) announce that SPINCon 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don Cesar.

“Visit St. Pete/Clearwater worked hard to come up with a great package for SPINCon 2018 and we are thrilled to be working with them,” said Tracey Smith, Executive Director of SPIN. “To get our members excited we held a ‘Where in the World is SPINCon’ contest online, dropping clues all week. One clever member guessed the city from the first clue and another guessed the hotel on clue 3!”

Content Curated by Attendees

Each SPINCon is designed to be unique, however the focus is always on the whole meeting professional. This year members will be asked to submit session topic ideas which will be voted on – embodying SPIN’s mantra of ‘by our members, for our members.’ The SPINCon Planning Committee will finalize the theme and the program.

Together Again

“I am so excited that we were selected to host this year’s conference,” said Todd Gehrke, Director of Sales, The Don Cesar. “I worked with the SPINCon team when at a previous venue and am glad to be working with them again.”  Suzanne Hackman, Director of Meetings & Conferences at VSPC said, “we are thrilled to be bringing SPINCon back to Florida, and we will work hard make this year’s experience very memorable. The entire hospitality community is looking forward to working with the SPINCon Planning Committee to showcase our area to SPIN members.”

About SPIN

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association limited to senior-level planners with at least 10 years full time planning experience. SPINCon is the annual conference for the association.

About Visit St. Pete-Clearwater

VSPC is the official tourism marketing and management organization for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area.

About the Don Cesar

Dramatically perched atop wind-swept dunes with expansive views in every direction, The Don Cesar is the epitome of old-world glamour and sophistication. Since 1928, it has graciously welcomed the world’s elite, stars of the silver screen, renowned authors, U.S presidents and even a gangster or two, all seeking a private, sophisticated playground in the sun. Today it’s your turn to experience the legendary Pink Palace. Iconic. Romantic. Celebratory.

MinnSPIN is Coming to the Twin Cities March 7

First Daylong Event for Twin Cities Branch

SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network) Twin Cities branch is holding a daylong conference for senior meeting industry professionals on March 7.  The content has been developed to target the busy senior-level planner who needs professional development close to home. “We realize that not all of our members can travel to attend conferences, so we are bringing the education and networking to them,” said Linda Hurtley, SPIN’s Regional Director, Central Region and Advisory Board Member.

“Our team focused on topics that appeal to our audience – folks who have been in the industry for more than 10 years and need that next level of discussion,” remarked Dana Ellis, SPIN:Twin Cities Branch President. Topics to be covered include “Contract Management” with Kelly Everhart, “Stories that Sell” with Phil Gerbyshak, a “Laugh and Learn” session led by the Brave New Workshop Team (venue host), “The Chemistry of Conversations that Build Trust” with Mary Schmid and “Build Efficiency and Fill Your Toolbox” with Sean Schuette.

Registration Open Now

Registration is open to member and non-member industry professionals (planners and suppliers who have at least 10 years’ experience). SPIN:Twin Cities is encouraging SPIN members from other branches who might be in town to sign up too! Register here.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

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SPIN Announces Inaugural 40 Over 40 Winners: Industry’s First Recognition Solely for Veteran Planners

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network announces the 2017 recipients of the industry’s first recognition for veteran meeting planners – SPIN:40 Over 40. This new initiative was created to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers.

“We had a great response to this call for nominations. The depth and breadth of what these individuals have achieved is amazing,” said Shawna Suckow, SPIN founder. “Just like our membership, this list is diverse and includes planners for large corporations, associations and smaller third-party agencies. Our award recipients speak, they teach, they plan large conferences, small incentive programs, work locally and globally and find time to mentor and volunteer.”

“This is an exciting and humbling honor to be recognized by SPIN for my contributions to the industry,” said Terri Woodin, CMP of Meeting Sites Resource. “There are so many truly amazing planners around the globe that work tirelessly to achieve great things for this industry, their company, and themselves, so to be selected as one of the first 40 is very rewarding.”

Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP, of GlobalGoals, Inc. echoed that sentiment and added, “We have taken different paths to get where we are today and are all committed to the elevation of the meeting planning profession.”

2017 SPIN:40 Over 40 Winners

Deborah Agricola Kuns, CMP, Frosch & Christine Peat International
Jan Aument, CTSM Silver, Good Plan Jan
Melissa Benowitz, MRB Meetings & Management, LLC
Lisa Boyd, CMP, CEM, CASE, Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Patrice Bradshaw, CMP, Boeing
Jody Brandes, CMP, CMM, Genentech
Mozella L. Brown, CMP, M. L. Brown & Associates
Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC, MEETing Needs, LLC
Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, CMP, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente)
Carolyn Davis, CMP, Strategic Meeting Partners, LLC
Corné Engelbrecht, CMP, Conference Consultancy South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP, GlobalGoals, Inc.
Leticia Harnung, LMH Consulting Services, LLC
Lori Hedrick, MHA, CMM, CMP, CSEP, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Abbey Herman, CMM, Meeting and Event Consultant for Fortune 500 Companies
Donna Johnson, CMP, CMM, Capitol Hill Management Services (CHMS)
Desirée Knight, CMP, The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)
Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, Strategic Meetings and Events
Wendy Laugesen, CMP, MarkLogic
Michael D. Lynn, CEM, CME, CMM, CMP, CPC, CPECP, Global Protocol, Etiquette and Civility Academy | Professional Tradeshow Resources
Pam Martin, Creative Meetings & Incentives (CM&I)
Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP, TML Services Group, LLC
Deborah Molique, Molique EPS
Pat Moore, CMP, Mattel
Annette Naif, Naif Productions
Natalie Norris, CMP, CMM, Meetings and More, Inc.
Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP, CDMP, EventEssentials, LLC
Barbara Ozenbaugh, CMP, CAE, Seaside Event & Non-Profit Management
Sanece Marie Poolas, Strategic Meetings & Events
Dana L Saal CMP, CAE, Saal Meeting Consulting
Heather Sampson, CMP, DES, Aspire Meetings & Events, LLC
Bonni Scepkowski, Stellar Meetings & Events
Arlene Schilke, CMP, Timewise Event Management Inc.
Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP, Spotlight Sojourns
Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, CMP, CAE, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Chip G. Stockton, CMP, Conference ConCepts, Inc.
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM, Thrive! Meetings & Events
Heather Switzer, CMP, Winsight, LLC
Peg Wolschon, CMP, CTA, Calyx Software
Terri Woodin, CMP, Meeting Sites Resource

The 40 honorees will each receive complimentary registration for SPINCon 2017 (one for the honoree, and one for their nominator or a fellow qualified planner), and they will be recognized at the conference in a ceremony amongst their peers. SPINCon 2017 will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas, December 3-5.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network is the world’s largest association for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

SPIN Announces Advisory Board

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network announced the formation of its first Advisory Board. This group will work with the CEO & acting Executive Director, Shawna Suckow to help guide the organization on a more strategic level. “As SPIN enters its 10th year, we have decided to add this team to deliver SPIN’s vision, set priorities and assist with the search for a new Executive Director,” said Suckow.

Current SPIN members applied for the Advisory Board and were selected by Suckow. “I’ve been a SPIN member since its inception, said Tracey Smith, CMP, CMM. I’ve always had some type of leadership role in the organization and am excited to continue in helping to shape SPIN’s future.”  Noted Rachel Clarke, “This is my first foray into SPIN leadership, although I’ve been a member for years and have enjoyed many annual conferences. I am honored to have been chosen to work on the next chapter of this association.”

SPIN has had a larger leadership team in the past, comprised of volunteers at the national and branch levels. The creation of an Advisory Board will allow a smaller core group to work with the Executive Director more efficiently.

SPIN recently changed its planner-only policy to add senior-level suppliers into the association; they will be represented on the Advisory Board as a third of the team.  “I’ve been a SPIN supporter as a sponsor for several years,” said Deborah Cohen, CMP of the Branson Lakes CVB. “When the announcement came that SPIN was inviting senior-level suppliers to join, I jumped at the chance and was flattered to be asked to be a part of the first Advisory Board.”

2018 SPIN Advisory Board members:

Tom Anderson, CMPTechnology Service Industry Association, San Diego, CA
Mozella Brown, CMPM.L. Brown & Associates, Dallas, TX
Rachel ClarkeRachel Clarke Events, Las Vegas, NV
Linda Hurtley Linwood Group Meetings, Minneapolis, MN
Terry Mathews-Lombardo, CMPTML Services, Orlando, FL
Wendy PorterWendy Porter Events, Minneapolis, MN
Tracey Smith, CMP, CMMAmerican Express Meetings & Events, Austin, TX
Greg BriceSmartSource Rentals, Orlando, FL
Deborah Cohen, CMPBranson Lakes CVB, Branson, MO
Dan YamanLive Spark, Minneapolis, MN

The SPIN Advisory Board will have their first meeting preceding the association’s annual conference, SPINCon, in December.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network is the world’s third largest association for meeting planners and the largest for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

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For more information:

Carolyn Browning, Director of Communications, SPIN – crb@carolynbrowning.com

Shawna Suckow, Founder & CEO, SPIN – shawna@spinplanners.com

Catherine Jensen, VP Operations, SPIN – catherine@spinplanners.com

www.SPINplanners.com

 

SPIN Announces Big Change: Association Now Welcomes Senior-Level Suppliers

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network announces a name change – becoming SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network, along with the announcement that it now welcomes veteran suppliers into its ranks. SPIN was started in 2008 to fill a need for education and networking for senior-level meeting planners. As the association enters its 10th year, SPIN now welcomes suppliers with at least 10 years of experience to join. Supplier membership will be capped at 33% of overall membership – the lowest ratio in the meeting industry.

“We’ve had a 33% supplier ratio at our annual conference, SPINCon, since its inception, and it’s been a great environment for both sides,” said SPIN founder Shawna Suckow, CMP. “We’re looking forward to our membership reflecting the great environment – and participant ratio – we’ve built at SPINCon over the years.”

SPIN has grown robustly since its start as a LinkedIn group and now counts nearly 3000 planner members in North America and Canada.

“Our strict planner focus has resulted in some really one-sided conversations and education,” said SPIN VP of Communications, Carolyn Browning, CMP. “It’s time for us to evolve and bridge the gap, to be the place where the industry’s most experienced professionals meet, connect, and change the industry for the better.”

While SPIN welcomes supplier membership, it’s on-line community fosters a no-selling environment.

“We want to keep the focus on connections and conversations that build relationships, not just transactions,” said Tracey Smith, CMP, CMM, SPIN Advisory Board member. “Any of our supplier partners who’ve been to SPINCon know that the vibe within SPIN is really special, and we all want to protect that. SPIN is the place to foster real relationships.”

Senior-level suppliers are invited to apply for membership today at www.spinplanners.com. Membership is $799 through the end of October, with two bonus months of membership included for a total of 14 months. If supplier membership spots still remain (in keeping with the 33% cap on supplier enrollment), dues will increase November 1 to $899.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network is the world’s third largest association for meeting planners and the largest for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

SPIN Names Industry Veteran ​Rod Abraham as Executive Director

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network has selected as its Executive Director Rod Abraham, veteran industry leader and consultant. Abraham replaces Mike Vennerstrom, CMP, who served as interim Executive Director since January.

SPIN, founded by Shawna Suckow in 2008, has quickly grown to 3,000+ senior planner members who have at least ten years’ experience. According to Suckow, “SPIN is ready to move to the next level of growth, and value to both our planner members and our supplier partners. I know Rod has the industry experience, reputation, relationships and business savvy to help us do that.”

Bringing invaluable experience to the team
A charter member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), his service and recognition includes two-time Chair of the MPI Foundation board of trustees, member of the MPI international board of directors, recipient of MPI’s first-ever Appreciation Award, MPI International Planner of the Year and trustee of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives Foundation.

A former association executive, Abraham left his senior vice president position to pioneer outsourced meeting management services. He is also the founder and former chief executive of PMPN, the Professional Meeting Planners Network (now PlannerNet). Named one of the meeting industry’s 25 Most Influential, Abraham has been an advisor to industry groups and has served in numerous leadership positions locally, nationally and internationally. He continues his longtime passion of helping entrepreneurs start, survive and succeed as small business owners.

On a local level, Abraham’s service has included president of the MPI Greater Philadelphia Chapter and president of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives. He also chaired the Durham Convention Center Authority. He was named Planner of the Year by his Philadelphia-based MPI peers.

A sought-after thought leader, Abraham has helped lead several industry standards-setting initiatives and has served on advisory boards of Disney, Omni, Sonesta and Westin, the International Association of Conference Centers and Certain Software. He has been a guest lecturer at Drexel University, University Nevada-Las Vegas, Virginia Tech, East Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte.

Rod now brings his years of expertise to help SPIN. “I am excited, energized and anxious to get started. I look forward to working with Shawna, her team and the many volunteer leaders whose commitment has achieved an impressive foundation for future growth.”

For more information:
Shawna Suckow – Shawna@spinplanners.com, 651.470.0066
Rod Abraham – Rod@spinplanners.com, 919.280.0889

SPIN Eliminates Membership Dues & Registration Fees for 2016

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network announces free membership dues for all qualified members until the end of 2016. In perhaps the boldest move for any association, SPIN also announces that it will waive registration fees for all member events and activities in 2016, including its annual North American conference; SPINCon. These include SPIN’s online live education (SPIN:LearningLabs), online SPIN:Roundtables, live branch events across North America, and its contractor job board (SPIN:Hire a Planner).

This move will allow all members to enjoy full benefits by removing all financial barriers. “We realize that resources are limited and do not want the cost of membership to be the reason why a senior-level planner does not engage in our unique peer-to-peer community experience,” said SPIN Founder & Chairwoman Shawna Suckow, CMP.

According to Sara Vanderbilt, SPIN’s Executive Director, SPIN has a different financial model than other industry associations with little overhead.  “We are primarily funded by our sponsors.  Sponsors invest in SPIN to increase brand awareness among our 2,500 members.”

Mike Vennerstrom, CMP, SPIN’s Director of Strategic Planning, added, “The majority of the programs we provide our members are created and administered by volunteer members.  As a result, our staff and expenses are kept to a minimum.”

Is it risky? Absolutely, but our members are more valuable than money. 

SPIN continues its history of thought leadership by removing the cost consideration for senior-level planners who wish to continue to grow in their professional and personal lives in 2016.

“This is our way of saying thank you to our current dedicated members and encouraging future ones to join this unique association,” said Suckow. “Our members consistently rave about the value of the SPIN community and our peer-to-peer discussions – our hope is that by removing dues and fees in 2016 we will continue to grow our member engagement, which is the measure of success for us.”