Kalamazoo, Mich. — Discover Kalamazoo is proud to announce that Nate Melvin, a Discover Kalamazoo sales manager, has recently earned the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council (CIC).
The CMP designation is the foremost certification program of today’s meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. It is awarded by the CIC “for having met high standards of proficiency in meeting management as demonstrated by substantial professional experience and superior examination performance,” according to the organization.
“I’m very pleased to now hold this certification to provide even better service to our clients in the meetings industry,” said Melvin, who was hired in 2011 to sell Kalamazoo County to the state and national association, government, education and medical markets for group business.
Greg Ayers, Discover Kalamazoo president and CEO, said professional development is important to the team at Discover Kalamazoo.
“The training Nate received in preparation for taking this exam provided him with a wealth of new knowledge which will make him even more effective in the future,” Ayers said. “Nate has been a great addition to our team and has enjoyed success in the short period of time he has been with us.”
The CIC launched the 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 enjoys worldwide recognition as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention and exhibition industry. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and a rigorous examination. Since its inception in 1985, more than 14,000 meetings industry professionals in 35 countries have earned this prestigious designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry. For more information about CIC and the CMP designation, visit conventionindustry.org.
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