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Breden assumes chairmanship


Cathy Breden

The Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Board of Directors announced Feb. 4 the appointment of Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, chief operating officer for the International Association of Exhibitors and Events to the role of 2010 Chair. Breden, formerly vice chair of the board, replaces Kimberly Miles, CMP, senior vice president of industry relations for the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

“My CMP designation has served me well in my career,” Breden said. “And I could not be more pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the profession through service as chair of the CMP board. My goals for this year include the revision of the recertification, effective marketing of the new CMP application, continued focus on the internationalization of the CMP program, including an updated job analysis.”

“Cathy’s leadership and experience in the industry will be a tremendous asset to the CMP Board of Directors,” Miles said. “She is an excellent choice to continue to move the program forward.”

The CMP designation, established in 1985, has been earned by more than 14,000 meeting professionals in 35 countries and territories worldwide. This prestigious credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management and takes them to the next level of professionalism in their career.

The Convention Liaison Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. Now the CIC, the organization has grown to include 32 member organizations. CIC’s members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 17,300 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. 

CIC maintains two signature programs, the CMP Designation and APEX, both of which continue to grow and provide value to the convention industry and the hospitality field. Additional information on the CIC and a complete list of the 2010 CIC Board of Directors can be found at www.conventionindustry.org.

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