Testimonials 2022-04-22T13:26:49-04:00

Find out from these testimonials why government meeting professionals from across the nation convene at SGMP’s National Education Conference (NEC) each year.

Marie ArighiMarie Arighi, CHSP, CMP, CGMP, SGMP Rocket City Alabama Chapter

I attended the NEC in 2000 and have only missed two – when the date conflicted with the graduation of my daughters. The education and networking is priceless!!!

Erica BradfordErica Bradford, CGMP, SGMP, Rocket City Alabama Chapter

Being a SGMP member will allow you meet and work with planners and suppliers you may not otherwise meet. Once I became a member, I began meeting and working with planners from all over the world. I’ve secured new leads, bookings and built everlasting relationships with new and current members. Since joining, I’ve also obtained my CGMP, GMS and was elected to serve on the Gilmer Institute of Learning Trustees. These certifications along with other membership benefits such as: National Education Conference and Tradeshow, access to SGMP website, complimentary subscription to Government Connections magazine, chapter meetings and resources are just a few reasons to join. Lastly, aside from all the aforementioned ROI, another benefit of being a member is the opportunity to host the annual NEC in your city!

Wayne CallisWayne Callis, CGMP, SGMP Old Dominion and NATCAP Chapters

The advice to become a member of SGMP that I received from my CVB partner, Maria Herring, when I started my position in hotel sales with a focus on the government market, has proven to be invaluable. The education, guidance, mentorship, and friendships that I receive through the Society has helped me further my career and expand my knowledge in the market. Attending the National Education Conferences and monthly chapter meetings offers insight into the government meetings sector, and the networking and relationships you will form are crucial to your career. Now that I work on the CVB side, I must pass along this advice to any supplier or planner in the government meetings industry. Join SGMP and get involved with your local chapter. Further, join a committee or run for a board position. The return on investment you will receive for your time is priceless.

Lagina FitzpatrickLagina Fitzpatrick, CMP, CHSC, SGMP Missouri Capital Chapter

SGMP helped turn my career into a 34-year passion, and taught me leadership skills I could not have received anywhere else! The knowledge the organization has brought me is priceless as are the countless friendships! NEC is a true family reunion!!

Colleen FlageColleen Flage, CMP, SGMP Central Florida Chapter

After going to NEC (National Education Conference) I am inspired, motivated, and reenergized to never stop learning and constantly look for ways to help improve the meeting planning industry.


Kim Kizer

Kim Kizer, SGMP Texas Lone Star Capital Chapter

The National Education Conference is consistently stellar because it’s always a fantastic opportunity to learn, talk with your peers and enjoy seeing those friends that you haven’t seen in over a year.

Marilee TretinaMarilee Tretina, SGMP Old Dominion Chapter

The educational programs delivered at chapter meetings and NEC, have provided me with knowledge and skills that are recognized by my management and co-workers.



Join Us at the NEC

If you plan meetings or events for the government at any level as an employee or contract employee, you belong here! If you are part of a convention and visitor’s bureau or destination marketing professional who wants to attract and serve government business, you belong here. If you serve government meetings as a vendor or supplier, we invite you to attend our conference and join our association. Learn more about SGMP and register for the conference today.