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November 14, 2014

Convention Industry Council Elects New Board of Directors

Robert A. Gilbert

Last week, meeting professionals, executives and leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the Convention Industry Council (CIC) Annual Meeting of Members. At the function, the members voted on and approved a new slate for the CIC Board of Directors.

Robert A. Gilbert of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International finalized his term as CIC Board Chair and passed the torch to David DuBois of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events.

As he prepared to step down, Gilbert shared his thoughts on CIC’s progress as an organization and vision for future endeavors: “I think it’s vital that the organization facilitate the exchange of insights and incubate ideas for new CIC initiatives and programs. We made some major strides this year to this end,” he said. 

David DuBois

The CIC membership has diversified recently with the addition of the Federación de Entidades Organizadoras de Congresos y Afines de América Latina (COCAL) as its first Latin American member. 

In addition to growing its global membership, CIC plans to continue its work towards advocating for the economic and social value of the meetings industry through its participation in the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and activating its own advocates who participate in the Meetings Industry Advocacy Hub to support coalition efforts. 

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The following CIC members were elected to the 2015 CIC Board of Directors leadership: 


CHAIR: David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, FASAE International Association of Exhibitions & Events
CHAIR-ELECT: Bonnie Fedchock, CAE National Association for Catering & Events
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
At-large Board Members Elected to a Two-Year Term (unless otherwise noted): 
Vicki Hawarden, CMP International Association of Venue Managers
Kimberly Miles, CMP American Hotel & Lodging Association
Paul Van Deventer, Meeting Professionals International
Kevin Hinton, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (elected to a one-year term to fill a vacancy)
At-large board members continuing on the board
Susan Robertson, CAE ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Tina Wehmeir, CMP AMC Institute
CMP Board Chair:
Joanne H. Joham, CMP, CMM International Congress and Convention Association 

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