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.

Scholarships for the Regional Education Conference

Want to attend SGMP's Southeast Regional Education Conference in Mobile, AL, September 16-19, 2012- but need monetary support?

SGMP Central Florida is now accepting applications for scholarships to go to the regional conference. All applications must be received no later than August 3, 2012. All scholarship recipients will be notified the week of August 6, 2012.

  Download Application Here

Scholarship applications and any questions can be sent to Laura Boekenoogen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax at 352-392-8630.

** Scholarship funds will be available pending board approval of the 2012/2013 chapter budget.


The SGMP Southeast Regional Education Conference will be held on September 16-19, 2012. The event is located at the Renaissance Mobile River View Plaza Hotel, Mobile, Alabama.

For more information, visit the website at:

Educational Topics to Include:

  • Hotel Safety and Security
  • Enhancing Meetings Through Food
  • Dining Etiquette • Creating Partnerships With Government, Defense, Commercial, Industry and Academia
  • Time Management • Cash Management – Income, Expenses, Attrition and Other Variables that Can Impact Your Event's Bottom Line
  • Facility of Choice - Is your Hotel the "Choice" Spot for a Meeting?
  • Keeping the Bottom Line from Going Under: Financial Leadership in Uncertain Times
  • Suppliers Track: What Does the Ideal Government RFP Response Look Like?
  • Event Disaster Preparedness • Communication Between Planner and Supplier
  • Promoting Your Event for Success