Certifications and Honors - CMP

CMP Preferred provider

MPI-CC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. All qualifying activities also indicate how many CE credits attendees will receive for participating. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit http://www.eventscouncil.org/index.aspx.

This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with the Events Industry Council or the CMP Program. Applicants may receive CE credit for attending any program that meets eligibility requirements of the CMP Program. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications –selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

about the CMP program

The Events Industry Council (EIC) launched the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program in 1985 to

  • enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals,
  • promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession, and
  • advance uniform standards of practice.

Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.

created by and for meeting professionals

The CMP exam was developed and is maintained by meeting professionals from all over the world who volunteer their time to ensure that the program reflects the best practices in the meeting management field.More than 10,000 meeting professionals in 46 countries around the globe hold the CMP designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry—from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.

The CMP program aims to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors of the industry by: 

  • Identifying a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meeting management profession
  • Promoting industry standards, practices and ethics
  • Stimulating the advancement of the art and science of meeting management
  • Increasing the value of Certified Meeting Professionals to their employers
  • Maximizing the value received from the products and services provided by CMPs

The CMP-HC Subspecialty

In 2014, EIC launched the Certified Meeting Professional healthcare subspecialty (CMP-HC) program to address the needs of a growing segment of CMPs who manage the production of meetings in the healthcare industry. The CMP-HC is a subspeciality of the CMP. Those seeking this certification must first pass the CMP exam.

The CMP-HC credential is designed to validate CMPs who have demonstrated a superior understanding and mastery of the specific regulations, laws and best practices that must be followed when conducting a healthcare-focused meeting.

events industry council 

For more information and application (including application deadlines and test dates), contact the Events Industry Council:

Events Industry Council (EIC)
700 N. Fairfax Street
Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone (571) 527-3116
Fax (571) 527-3105

CMP Study Group Information

Please contact the CMP Study Group Committee Chairs for the schedule of CMP Study groups. The MPI-CC CMP Study Group is offered complimentary to members and $150 for non-members. This group is held as weekly conference calls.



Jennifer Kist, CMP

Farrah Staub, CMP
Director of Sales and Marketing, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

2018 Study Group Schedule:

  • January 19-28, 2018 Exam
    • Begins the week of November 19, 2017
    • Ends the week of January 7, 2018
  • May 4-13, 2018 Exam
    • Begins the week of March 12, 2018
    • Ends the week of April 23, 2018
  • August 3-12, 2018 Exam
    • Begins the week of June 11, 2018
    • Ends the week of July 23, 2018
  • November 2-11, 2018 Exam
    • Begins the week of September 10, 2018
    • Ends the week of October 22, 2018


There are 93 CMP's in North Carolina and South Carolina according to the Convention Industry Council as of 1/26/18.

Christina Akers, CMP
Mooresville, NC
Karen Knox, CMP, CMM
Visit Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem, NC
Deborah Alford, CMP, CEM
NC Home Builders Association
Raleigh, NC
Lisa Krass, CMP
Concord, NC
Peggy Anderson, CMP
Okatie, SC
Brent Lancaster, CMP, CCM
Charlotte, NC
Kathryn Atkinson, CMP
NC Academy of Family Physicians
Raleigh, NC
Karen Lawrence, CMP
It’s My Affair, LLC
Charlotte, NC
Melissa Barney Schaufler, CMP
bioMerieux, Inc.
Morrisville, NC
Susan Losurdo, CMP, LES
Greenville, NC
Wendy Bassett, CMP
Hanahan, SC
Mandy Lowe, CMP, CMM
NC Association of Realtors
Greensboro, NC
Michele Bemis, CMP
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nancy Lowe, CMP
NC Medical Society
Raleigh, NC
Marlo Bergin, CMP
Southern Pines, NC
Michelle Lynn, CMP
New Bern Riverfront Convention & Visitors Center
New Bern, NC
Barbara Berman, CMP
Durham, NC
Tim Mabe, CMP, CMM, CFE
High Point CVB
High Point, NC
Julia Blackwell , CMP
Wake Forest Universit
Winston-Salem, NC
Christy Marcinkowski, CMP
NC Sustainable Energy Association
Raleigh, NC
Erin Boylan, CMP
Long Island, NY
Kate Marcus, CMP
San Diego, CA
Nancy Bracalento, CMP
Cary, NC
Catherine Mauldin, CMP
(CDM Smith) DESA, Inc. 
Columbia, SC
Jess Brooks, CMP
BCD Meetings & Events Onsite at Cisco
Raleigh, NC
Mallory Middleton, CMP
Cheers Years, LLC
Raleigh, NC
Abigail Campbell, CMP
Global Knowledge
Durham, NC
Alicia Miller, CMP
State Employees Association of NC 
Raleigh, NC
Jacqueline Carlock Ward, CMP
UNC School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
Cheryl Mironczuk, CMP
Cisco Systems, Inc. 
Richardson, TX
Chris Chassagneaux, CMP
Relias Learning
Cary, NC
Denise Mitchel, CMP
Charlotte, NC
Sarah Davis, CMP
Hickory Metro CVB
Hickory, NC
Jordan Moody, CMP
Greensboro, NC
Christina DeHaven, CMP
Grass Roots Meetings & Events, Inc. 
New York, NY
Flora Moorman, CMP, CMM, CSEP
Charles Hamner Conference Center
Oriental, NC
Brandi Delany, CMP
American Society of Echocardiography
Morrisville, NC
Linda Nelson, CMP
To Plan Ahead, LLC
Mills River, NC
Beth Denny, CMP
FirstPoint Management Resources
Garner, NC
Meghan Oria, CMP
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Charlotte, NC
Dayma Edwards, CMP
Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors
Wilmington, NC
Kelly Owens, CMP
Charlotte, NC
April Ferguson, CMP
BCD Meetings & Events Onsite at Cisco
Raleigh, NC
Mica Parekh, CMP
IWP Photography
Raleigh, NC
Nicole Filippo, CMP
Elon University
Elon, NC
Kim Parsons, CMP
Duke Energy
Charlotte, NC

Kathy Flowe, CMP
Alabama Theatre
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Elizabeth Peeler, CMP, CMM
D-P Planning Meetings & Events
Cary, NC
Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM
NC Association of Electric Co-ops
Raleigh, NC
Candice Pinocci, CMP
Bayer CropScience
Jessica Garrett, CMP
BBI International 
Raleigh, NC
Crystal Porter, CMP
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Durham, NC
Natoshia Goines, CMP
DESA, Inc. 
Columbia, SC
Elisa Ramey, CMP
Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown
Charlotte, NC

Kay Grant, CMP
Oceana Resorts
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Lynn Rich, CMP
American Express Global Business Travel 
Aiken, SC

Diane Gregory, CMP
BCD Meetings & Events Onsite at Cisco
Raleigh, NC

Stephanie Risbon, CMP
Duke University
Durham, NC

Deanna Griffith-House, CMP, CMM, GWPgM, CME, PMP, PCM
Charter Spectrum Reach
Tega Cay, SC
Lisa Royster, CMP
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston
Charleston, SC
Yolanda Hamer, CMP
BCD Meetings & Events Onsite at Cisco
Raleigh, NC
Colleen Schwoerke, CMP
PlanIt Right 
Durham, NC
Gwen Hampton, CMP
SC School Boards Association
Columbia, SC
Carrie Sepesy, CMP
The Ballantyne Hotel
Charlotte, NC
Alison Harding, CMP, CMM, GTP
Global Knowledge
Cary, NC
Beth Shaffer, CMP
Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel
Savannah, GA
Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
Greater Raleigh CVB
Raleigh, NC
Sarah Sharkey, CMP
Ernst & Young LLP
Charlotte, NC 
Kathy Hastings, CMP, CMM
Waxhaw, NC
Laura Sherman, CMP
MED-EL Corporation
Raleigh, NC
Lori Hedrick, CMP, CMM, MHA, CSEP
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Angela Skeen, CMP
Ingersoll Rand Company
Cumming, GA
Christopher Hendrix, CMP
Charleston Area CVB
Charleston, SC
Randy Smith, CMP
Visit Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Talisa Hite, CMP
Raleigh, NC
Jobee Solik, CMP
S&D Coffee & Tea
Charlotte, NC
Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
NC Association of Certified Public Accountants
Morrisville, NC
Farrah Staub, CMP
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel
Raleigh, NC
Linda Ilsley, CMP
LPI Events
Clemmons, NC
Karolyn Stone, CMP, CHSP
Marriott Columbia
Columbia, SC
Shannon Ilsley, CMP
MicroMass Communications
Raleigh, NC
Hannah Streetman, CMP
Charlotte, NC
Christine Irwin, CMP
The Management Office
Charlotte, NC
Lisa Swett, CMP
VectorVest, Inc. 
Cornelius, NC
Molly Johnson, CMP
Wilmington & Beaches CVB
Wilmington, NC

Heather Tillman, CMP
Rougemont, NC

Jennifer Kern, CMP, CTC
Charlotte, NC
Jamie Walker, CMP
NC Rural Water Association
Welcome, NC
Jennifer Kist, CMP
Charlotte, NC
Morgan Wallace, CMP
Wells Fargo
Charlotte, NC
Wes Kitashima, CMP
Hilton Head Island CVB
Hilton Head, SC
Joyce Weyersberg, CMP
Advanced Mission Systems
Charlotte, NC


Michelle White-Sukala, CMP, CMM
Associated Luxury Hotels International


Please email any updates to Christine@themanagementoffice.com.