HGA Attends FICP Annual Conference in Hawai’i
The Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) Association recently held their 2014 Annual Conference, held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa Hawai’i. Hosts Global Alliance was a proud participant as a Silver Sponsor, joining over 170 financial services and insurance meeting planners for a memorable experience with networking events including 30 education sessions attended by new members and familiar faces. Leona Balthazar, Island Partners Hawai’I, A Hosts Global Alliance member served on the FICP Annual Meeting design team was also sponsor of the FICP Annual Conference.
FICP embraced the Hawai’ian culture and kept session goers energized and engaged throughout the conference. Attending on behalf of Hosts Global Alliance, Karen Christensen, CMP, Dee Kirby, and Lyndsi Armenio, had the opportunity to attend the educational sessions and networking events that touched on industry trends, technology, design thinking, international business relationships, contract disputes, and team building. The education sessions proved to be quite impressive and the keynote speakers were the icing on the cake. Keynote speakers included: Robert Fogarty, founder of “Dear World” based in New Orleans, who focused on the importance of communicating through photography, Carey Lohrenz shared her leadership lessons she has learned throughout her career as the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, while comedian, Make Rayburn, lightened the mood through inspirational music and humor, and last but certainly not least, Emcee Jim Cunningham entertained the audience throughout the event.
The evening events allowed the attendees to network while experiencing the beautiful Hawaiian culture and cuisines. Great company, ambience, education sessions, and networking provided a fine balance of business and fun.
Next year 2015 FICP Annual Conference will be held at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I hope to see you there for another fulfilling conference in yet another luxurious destination.