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CIC announces new APEX Committee members

Convention Industry Council (CIC) formally named who’ll be joining the leadership of its Accepted Practice Exchange Standards Committee (APEX), the council’s initiative to develop and implement industry-wide accepted practices.

Those joining are Kelly Peacy CAE, CMP, senior vice president of education and events at Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA); Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE, president of Bondurant Consulting; and Michael Dominguez, CHSE, senior vice president of hotel sales at MGM Resorts International.

APEX Chair Michael Owen stated, “We are thrilled to have these three exemplary individuals join APEX. We believe their unique perspectives and their breadth of knowledge of the issues affecting the convention and meetings industry is invaluable. With this new team we hope to raise awareness and further make a strategic impact.”

Owen has increased the depth and skills of the members of the committee to take on various trade issues and develop resources for the industry.

Recently, APEX has evolved to utilize the APEX Workgroup model, which brings together a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to conduct research and devise knowledge-based responses to issues affecting the industry, creating whitepapers and best practices.

Together with MaryAnne Bobrow, Dominguez served as co-chair of the Hotel Room Block Poaching Workgroup, which earlier this year released a toolkit for stakeholders to combat the issue and raise awareness of its impact.

In Dominguez’s current role, he provides oversight for the company’s sales strategies in the convention, leisure and transient segments, including industry relations, diversity sales, and MGM Resorts events, bringing a unique perspective to the group including identifying the gaps to understand the wholesale hotel room market.

With over 30 years of industry expertise in hotel sales, meeting & trade show management, including
12 years of direct involvement in the discipline of Strategic Meetings Management, Bondurant will be taking over as chair of the eRFP workgroup formerly chaired by Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, CMP of DMAI’s empowerment.

Peacy, who manages the design, planning and delivery of PCMA’s two main annual events, Convening Leaders and EduCon, PCMA’s online learning productions, and CMP Online Prep Courses and Webinars, brings a breadth of knowledge to the team as well as direct connection to the CMP Community.

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