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Mary Power Resigns from CIC


Washington, DC – Mary Power announced her resignation as president of the Convention Industry Council (CIC) after a successful tenure that saw the Certified Meeting Planner designation gain in stature.

Power, who joined the CIC in 2000, will also leave her position as vice president of Management Options, Inc. (MOI), a Washington firm that provides management services to associations.  Her immediate plans were not announced, although both she and MOI will be assisting CIC transition to new leadership.

“My decision to leave has not been an easy one, but I am very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during my time as president, and I am confident the organization is headed in a positive direction,” Power said.

Jason Clawson, president of MOI, told Trade Show Executive that Power was leaving the company on good terms and was exploring her options for the future.

One of Power’s most visible accomplishments has been the CIC’s role in the CMP program. When Power joined the CIC, there were about 2,000 CMPs in three countries. Today, there are more than 12,000 members of the industry worldwide who hold CMP certification.

The CIC also launched the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) program under Power’s leadership.

The CIC is also well known for its Hall of Leaders awards,  which Powers expanded to include recognition pavilions in the new Washington, DC Convention Center and the expansion of McCormick Place in Chicago.  Trade Show Executive columnist Bob Dallmeyer was inducted into the Hall of Leaders last year.  This year’s induction gala, in conjunction with IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in Las Vegas in December will see the induction of Steve Hacker, president of IAEE, and others.

CIC is an umbrella organization consisting of 32 associations such as IAEE, PCMA, ESCA and TSEA. Together, the 32 associations  represent over 100,000 individuals in the meeting, exhibition and hospitality industries.

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