• Overland Park Convention Center Has Certified Meeting Planners On Staff

    POSTED November 20, 2016

Six Overland Park Convention Center staff members in Kansas have become Certified Meeting Planners.

“This is a monumental achievement for any individual in our industry,” says Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center. “With approximately 140,000 sq. ft. of space, our building is a lot smaller than most big convention centers and with that comes a smaller staff, however we are fortunate enough to have added yet another talented and dedicated CMP to our team.”

The six CMPs include, Ashley Flagler, certified Nov. 2016; Devin Carver, certified Aug. 2016; Scott Riesterer, certified May 2016; Barb Silin, certified Jan. 2015; Jessica Corona, certified Nov. 2015; and Dan Vaglahn, certified Sept. 2005;

More than 10,000 professionals in 55 countries have received the prestigious certification. The credential is achieved through experience, education and testing; and helps professionals show their knowledge, understanding and commitment to the industry.

"We are pleased that these six employees have taken a step to further their career by earning their CMP certification", says Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Convention Industry Council. "The CMP opens doors and creates connections with other professionals and drives professional development.”

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