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1987 – Scott Friedman invited members of other industry related associations to chat over breakfast. He invited Presidents and Executive Directors of the other associations.

Scott continued to plan the meeting times for 5 years at a local restaurant.

Scott also helped to organize Round Tables two times a year. The association boards were invited and they all decided upon the subject matter for each table. To be discussed.

1992 – Bob Wendover from NSA took the ball and kept the meetings going about once a quarter.

When a new Colorado Convention Center was opened Scott helped organize a meeting inviting all members to celebrate the opening.

November 14, 2000 MIC was Incorporated in the State of Colorado
2000 – 2002 Karen Garcia
2003 – 2007 Gary Schirmacher
2008 – 2009 Rebecca Dillahunty
2010 – 2011 Ken Williams – (Last 2-year term)
2012 – Nicole Marsh
2013 – Kristin Hutton
2014 – Debbi Beldon
2015 – Debbie Taylor
2016 – Ansley Seymour

2001 MIC Hosted “America’s Hospitality Community on Alert”

2001 MIC Conference was at the Holiday Inn DIA
571 attendees using 11 Association mail lists
200 Trade show exhibitors

We reached out to surrounding states for exhibitors
Chicago and Dallas CVB’s have exhibited.

2002 MIC Conference was at the Holiday Inn DIA
533 attendees
Not sure of the number of exhibitors

2003-2004 MIC hosted two APEX City-Wide Discussions

2003 – MIC Conference at the Adam’s Mark Denver
573 Attendees
Appr. 110 trade show exhibitors

2004 MIC Conference at the Colorado Convention Center
544 Attendees
Appr. 100 trade show exhibitors

2005 MIC Conference at Adams Mark
500 plus attendees
100 trade show exhibitors

2006 MIC Conference at Hyatt Regency Conference Center
454 attendees
95 trade show exhibitors

2007 MIC Conference at The Holiday Inn DIA
550 attendees
100 Trade Show exhibitors

2008 MIC Conference at Adam’s Mark Denver
595 attendees
103 Trade Show exhibitors

2009 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
639 attendees
103 Trade Show exhibitors

2010 MIC Conference at Sheraton Denver Hotel
632 attendees
105 Trade Show exhibitors

2011 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
748 attendees
120 Trade Show exhibitors

2012 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
823 attendees
116 Trade Show exhibitors

2013 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
955 attendees
116 Trade Show exhibitors

2014 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
960 attendees
126 Trade Show exhibitors

2015 MIC Conference at Colorado Convention Center
1102 attendees
124 Trade Show exhibitors

The MIC committee chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer all serve for 1 year. Every association has a representative at each monthly meeting.

Until 2016, NSA had always provided the program chair. The committee was first made up of most of the Association presidents and now for several years some of the associations have appointed a member of their board other than the president to represent them at the monthly meetings.

The Associations who belong to MIC- Colorado are:

  • Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (CMCA)
  • Colorado Festivals and Events Association (CFEA)
  • Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE)
  • Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
  • International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE)
  • International Live Events Association (ILEA)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)
  • National Speakers Association Colorado (NSA/Colorado)
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP)