It may sound hokey, but I do feel like I'm back with family," says Francine Butler, PhD, CAE, CMP, who was named executive director of the Convention Liaison Council (CLC) in November. Butler helped create and launch CLC's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) accreditation program in the early 1980s. The formation of the CMP program, which entailed creating a body of knowledge, core curriculum, and qualification and testing procedures, was the work of Butler and others who were members of ...

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