The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced its first class of CMP Fellows. The program was introduced last year to recognize current and emeritus CMPs who continue to make a significant investment in the betterment of the events industry and community of people working within it. CMP Fellows benefit from access to exclusive networking opportunities, peer-to-peer collaborations, and opportunities at EIC and other industry events. Four Coloradoans were among the first 65 inductees.

Karen Gonzales, CMP

International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Littleton

Allison Kinsley, CMP, CMM, CED

Kinsley Meetings, Littleton

Elizabeth Kretchmer, CMP

Strategic Meeting Manager LLC, Highlands Ranch

Andrea Peterson, CMP

Metropolitan State University of Denver and ASAP Meetings, Castle Rock

Since Longmont's Can’d Aid was founded in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 9,600 skateboards and bikes and 4,000 art kits built for underserved youth, and more than 3,000 instruments donated. This has been accomplished with the help of volunteers nationwide and through relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and corporate partners. 

Inspiring an Inclusive Park 


The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour


When it comes to planning a holiday party for your team or a client, isn’t it nice when you don’t have to worry much about decor? It helps not only the budget but also your checklist.

Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver