Honors & Awards

SGMP honors top chapters and members each year at its National Education Conference & Expo. Here are descriptions of each award and links to a list of previous winners:

Sam Gilmer Planner & Supplier of the Year Awards

The Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year Award and the Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year Award are the highest distinctions offered by SGMP. Its recipients are selected by a panel of former Sam Gilmer Award winners in recognition of the members whose service to SGMP over a period of time, especially at the national level, has significantly contributed to the Society’s growth and development.

The 2017 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year honoree is Tecumseh Deloney, CGMP, CMP

The 2017 Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year honoree is Marie Arighi, CMP, CHSP

Partnership Award

Selected by the Executive Director and CEO, this award is presented in recognition of a corporation that has tirelessly supported SGMP through sponsorship monies and in-kind contributions.

President's Award

Selected at the discretion of the SGMP National President, it is a special tribute to an extraordinary personal contribution to SGMP.

The 2017 recipients are Kit Gonzales,CGMP and Jackie Fenwick

Programming of the Year
The Programming of the Year Award recognizes the top professional development programming presented at monthly chapter meetings.

The 2017 1st place winner is the Greater Oregon chapter

Program of the Year
These awards are given to the highest scoring chapters based on the following areas: creativity, relevance to hospitality industry and comments form program evaluations. Judging occurs by a panel of three non-SGMP hospitality industry members. 

The 2017 1st place winner is Old Dominion chapter
Leveraging Generational Differences - Negotiating Across the Generations
Speaker: Tim Moore, International Keynote Speaker, expert on generational differences

Innovation of the Year
New in 2017, this award is given to a chapter, or chapters, who have developed and implemented a unique means of including members in chapter activities or in the recruitment and retention of new members. Judging is done by members of the Gilmer Foundation. 

The 2017 Innovation winner is Sacramento chapter
First chapter to use Facebook Live to broadcast program meetings to members more than 200 miles from program location.

Communications of the Year Awards
The Communications of the Year Award recognizes the top overall communications provided to chapter members.

The 2017 1st place winner is the Rocky Mountain chapter

Membership Awards

2017 Highest Net Growth National Capital chapter
2017 Highest Percentage Growth Louisana chapter

Chapter Recognition Awards
The Chapter Recognition Awards are determined by fiscal-year-to-date review of specific criteria pertaining to overall operations performance with chapters being recognized at three levels for the fulfilment of the Society's mission for its members.

The 2017 recipients at the Excellence level are Michigan and Old Dominion chapters.  

History of Sam Gilmer Planner and Supplier of the Year
History of Sam Gilmer Partnership Award
History of President's Award
History of Programming of the Year Award
History of Communcations of the Year Award
History of Membership Award
History of Chapter Recognition Awards