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

Colleen Flage Announced as New Chapter President

flage-colleenColleen Flage, Public Functions Coordinator at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, has been voted in as the newest President of the SGMP Central Florida Chapter and will take office on November 15. Colleen has been a member of SGMP since 2009, first as a supplier and now as a planner, and has held various positions such as Supplier Director, Communications Chair, and CMP Chair. In 2011 she achieved the Convention Industry Council's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. Colleen appreciates the time and dedication that SGMP members contribute, and is eager to work with members on taking the Central Florida Chapter to the next level.

SGMP Southeast Regional Conference 2012 Gallery

We had a great time at the 2012 SGMP Southeat Regional Conference.  Here are a few images from the event.