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.

Member Spotlight - Bailey Shields, CMP

baileyshieldsBailey Shields, CMP, is our newest Supplier Director member of the board and a member of the Fundraising and Community Service Committee and the 2013 Education Day Committee. Being in the government market, Bailey is eager to be an active member of the chapter. She was a member of the NatCap Chapter when she handled the D.C. Market.

Since 2011, she has represented two unique Holiday Inns in Pinellas County: The Holiday Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach, and another on the Intracoastal Waterway in Indian Rocks Beach. Both properties feature a Key West atmosphere; the Indian Rocks Beach property has a 52-slip marina so guest can arrive by boat!

Growing up in Long Island, she studied Foreign Service and International Politics at Penn State with visions of working for the CIA or Department of State. She is passionate about the history of the Revolution and War of 1812 and loves to share with others the history behind our July Fourth celebrations. Bailey has a beloved Golden Retriever, Jack, and 3 cats to keep her busy in her spare time.

New GMS Program

The Government Meeting Specialist (GMS) program is a comprehensive SGMP certificate program offered by the Central Florida Chapter. During the course of three years, members will earn the certificate through attendance in core competency-based training, and gain the general skillset necessary to perform their duties as a government meeting professional.

Members must apply to enroll in the program. In order to earn the GMS certificate, members must maintain their membership throughout the program. In addition, they must maintain records of attendance in the core competencies, and meet the minimum criteria of program attendance and categorization.

Each GMS certificate is valid for a period of five years from the date the certificate is issued. In order to retain the value of the certificate, members are required to participate in a minimum of 20 contact hours within that period, or reapply to earn the certificate through the normal three-year process.

For members who have already earned the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation, this program can be used to continue to build their knowledge and be used for recertification.

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  Download the GMS Process

  Download the GMS Letter of Commitment

  Download the GMS Tracking Sheet