2013 Chapter Awards Announced

The winners of the 2013 Chapter Awards have been announced.  Congratulations to all of this years winners.

Planner of the Year:  

Colleen Flage

Supplier of the Year:  

Ashley Mayo

Bill Foley Award:  

Nancy Fischer

SGMP Central Florida Chapter - Nominate the Planner and Supplier of the Year

The Central Florida Chapter of Society of Government Meeting Professionals is proud to announce the annual awards to recognize outstanding Chapter members who are currently either a planner or supplier.

The award is presented to those who exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and professionalism in their current position and who display devotion to the success of SGMP as an active member, as well as participating in other voluntary associations, civic, and community activities.

Please use the form below to nominate who you think deserves these special awards. Don't delay- all nominations must be in by November 15, 2013! Members will be able to vote for the winners the end of November via the web.


Member Spotlight: Brett Kolmetz

Brett Kolmetz, formerly the Government & Association Sales Manager of the Hilton UF Conference Center, was recently appointed to Business Development at Plaza Hotel Suites brand of hotels located in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Hutchinson Island, and Boca Raton. He is also the co- manager of the Paramount Plaza, Gainesville, FL, overseeing the revenue operations of the hotel.

Brett is a 14 year hospitality veteran with experience at several venues, including: Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Marriott/Renaissance, Hyatt, Embassy Suites, and Hilton.

The youngest of six children in a career military family, Brett has his roots firmly planted in Florida as his ancestors settled in Washington County around 1854.

He studied history and humanities at Florida State University, but feels at home in the Gator Swamp. Brett's hobbies include watching college football, fishing, reading, and watching classic movies and TV sitcoms.

New Study Released Demonstrating the Value of Government Meetings

new study conducted by Rockport Analytics for the U.S. Travel Association documents not only how traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective, but how cancelling government participation in key events carries significant costs and undermines important functions of government. 

In addition to this new study, our members should review U.S. Travel’s press release plus the economic impact fact sheet and value of meetings fact sheet. SGMP was pleased to have provided consultation during the development of this study and sincerely thanks our industry partners at U.S. Travel for making this very important project a reality.

2013 Southeast Regional Education Conference

Join us in Nashville, Tennessee, Music City, for the 2013 SGMP Southeast Regional Education Conference.


August 25-28, 2013

For more information, visit the website here.