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:

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 2020 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year honoree is Kathleen Ryan, CGMP


Kathleen serves on the National Capital Chapter board of directors and is the customer engagement Eastern region team lead for The Boeing Company. She has shared her protocol expertise at trainings on the local and national level, and at National Education Conference (NEC) for many years.



The 2020 Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year honoree is Chris McLaughlin, CGMP


Chris currently serves as the SGMP National Board Treasurer and NEC co-sponsorship chair. He is director, Global Government Sales, for RLH Corporation.




 

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 2020 President's Award honoree is Melissa Woodruff, CMP


Melissa received this award due to her her leadership and dedication to advancing and strengthening the National Capital Chapter, its membership, events and activities. She serves as the president of the SGMP National Capital Chapter and is a meeting and event planner for DCG Communications.

 

PROGRAMMING OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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

The 2020 1st place winners are the Louisiana Chapter and the Michigan Chapter
The 2020 2nd place winners are the National Capital Chapter and the Pacific Northwest Chapter
The 2020 3rd place winner is the Old Dominion Chapter


COMMUNICATIONS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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

The 2020 1st place winner is the National Capital Chapter
The 2020 2nd place winner is the Old Dominion Chapter
The 2020 3rd place winner is the Rocky Mountain Chapter


MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN AWARDS

The Membership Recognition Awards are determined by the 2020 fiscal year through April.

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

 

CHAPTER OPERATIONS AWARD


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.

Excellence - Greater Oregon Chapter
Excellence - Old Dominion Chapter

Honors - Michigan Chapter
Honors - National Capital Chapter
Honors - Pacific Northwest Chapter

Merit - Arizona Chapter
Merit - Golden State Chapter
Merit - Northern Lights Chapter
Merit - Rocky Mountain Chapter


MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN AWARDS - SOAR WITH SGMP

The Membership Campaign Awards are presented to the planner member and the supplier member who recruit the highest number of new members to SGMP during a predetermined time period.

2020 Planner All Star of the Year: Lisa Mendez
2020 Supplier All Stars of the Year: Christina Saragnese, CGMP & Marie Arighi, CGMP


 

PARTNERSHIP AWARD

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.
 

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 Institute of Learning. 
No award was presented in 2018-2020.