Honors & Awards

SGMP honors top chapters and members each year at its National Education Conference & Expo. Read below the descriptions of each award and links to  lists of previous winners:


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. Award winners are selected by a panel of former award winners. 


The 2022 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year honoree is Nicole Roames, CMP, CGMP, DES

Nicole Roames is President of the SGMP National Capital (NATCAP) Chapter. She is a contract planner with Strategic Analysis, Inc. Nicole has attended the numerous NECs, SGMP webinars and almost every SGMP Strong session. She has contributed articles to the Government Connections magazine, presented educational programs for national & local audiences, work on the 40th Anniversary cookbook, designed forms for organizational use and assisted by proctoring/grading CGMP exams. She was described by a colleague as having amazing talent, great personal and leadership skills, an ability to identify expectations and implement to ensure success.

Brittany CallahanThe 2022 Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year honoree is Brittany Callahan, CGMP

Brittany Callahan is employed by Visit Tampa Bay, a sponsor for our SGMP NEC events. She has been attending NEC with Tampa Bay since 2015 and earned her CGMP in 2018 at NEC. She has participated in many chapter and society events, helping out by serving on panels, helped to create and present educational opportunities, membership committee work, and meeting all requests for assistance or support with enthusiasm and dedication. Success isn’t achieved with only one person, but with a team and this person is a HUGE part of our SGMP team.

Award Night Nicole and Brittany


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

The 2022 President's Award honorees are Christine Pribbernow, CGMP and Chris McLaughlin, CGMP

Christine PribbernowPresident Annette Wallace presented this award to Christine Pribbernow in thanks for her service to both the local and national organization. She is an extremely passionate and dedicated planner, chairs the NEC Task Force and lead the execution of two full NEC conferences in the last year. She has been an active member in SGMP for six years. Christine serves on the SGMP National Board of Directors as a Government Planner Director, has served as President of the Northern Lights SGMP Chapter and is a planner with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  She is an extremely knowledgeable government planner who excels in her job and truly believes in SGMP.  

Chris McLaughlinPresident Annette Wallace presented this award to Chris McLaughlin for going above and beyond and serving as both a good friend, listener and an invaluable team member for SGMP. Chris has served alongside Annette for the last five years and has been a SGMP member for 22 years. Chris is our 2nd Vice President on the National Board of Directors, serves on the Membership Committee and the Sponsorship Taskforce, is the Global Account Director in the Government and Military markets for Sonesta Hotels. He is a member of the NATCAP Chapter of SGMP, where he held the role of Chapter Treasurer.  Before being elected 2nd Vice President, he previously held the role of National SGMP Treasurer. He is so dedicated to SGMP - he has exceed every goal he makes each year, including this year. His achievements in fundraising efforts for our SGMP NEC this year were simply amazing!

President's Award and Planner-Supplier of Year 22


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

The 2022 1st place winners is the Pacific Northwest Chapter
The 2022 2nd place winners is the Greater Oregon Chapter
The 2022 3rd place winner is the North Carolina Chapter


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

The 2022 1st place winner is the National Capital Chapter 
The 2022 2nd place winner is the Michigan Chapter
The 2022 3rd place winner is the Old Dominion Chapter


The Membership Recognition Awards are determined by the 2021-2022 fiscal year through April.

2022 Highest Net Membership Growth - National Capital Chapter
2022 Highest Percentage Membership Growth - Rocket City Chapter
2022 Membership Mania - Greatest Number of Members - National Capital Chapter
2022 Membership Mania - Highest Percentage Growth - Central Florida Chapter
2022 Membership Mania - Redemption Bracket - Arizona Chapter
2021 No awards were given in this category
2020 Highest Net Membership Growth - National Capital Chapter

2020 Highest Percentage Membership Growth - Golden State Chapter
2020 Best Retention Rate - North Carolina Chapter
2020 Best Retention Best Practice - Louisiana Chapter
2020 1st Place Recruitment Campaign - National Capital Chapter
2020 2nd Place Recruitment Campaign - Golden State Chapter

2020 3rd Place Recruitment Campaign - Florida Capital Chapter



The Chapter Operations 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 fulfillment of the Society's mission for its members.

2022 Excellence - National Capital
2022 Excellence - Old Dominion

2022 Merit- Greater Oregon
2022 Merit - Louisiana
2022 Merit- Michigan


Selected by the National Board of Directors, this award is presented in recognition of a corporation that has tirelessly supported SGMP through sponsorship monies and in-kind contributions.
No award was presented in 2020.

Chris McLaughlin and Brittany Callahan
Visit Tampa Bay was presented the 2022 Partnership Award for many consecutive years of support and sponsorship of SGMP’s National Education Conference, with Brittany Callahan accepting the award from Chris McLaughlin, SGMP National Board Member.

Max Izmaylov and Chris McLaughlin
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts was presented the 2022 Partnership Award for its support and sponsorship of SGMP the past few years, especially for the 2022 NEC. Max Izmaylov accepted the award for Wyndham from Chris McLaughlin, SGMP National Board Member.



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 Institute of Learning. 
No award was presented in 2018-2022.