The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. JodieAnn Cady, an independent event project manager based in Mason, is among the professionals in the inaugural class of CMP Fellows, a program launched last year.

In announcing the first class of CMP Fellows, Amy Calvert, CEO of the Events Industry Council, notes, “We developed the CMP Fellows program to offer unique peer-to-peer experiences, [provide] a forum for collaboration for those CMPs who had demonstrated exemplary leadership and a commitment to lifelong learning, and to recognize and reward the long-term achievements as part of our commitment to supporting and showcasing the value of ongoing professional education. The caliber of applications was truly humbling, and it was inspiring and motivating to read about the achievements and dedication of all of those who applied.”

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”

 

Located in Onekama and built in 1900 as the summer residence of lumber baron and Manistee Mayor Charles Canfield, Canfield House was purchased, completely renovated, and reopened as a year-round bed-and-breakfast in 2021. Featuring 200 feet of Portage Lake frontage, the property now offers a lakeside fire ring and new dock for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The six-room house can be rented for small retreats and groups up to 125 accommodated for meetings and receptions.

 

Meeting on the Farm, Part One