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Photo Caption:   Morin (farthest right) at SGMP Conference in Detroit with 26 others who took the CGMP Exam.



Joy VanDrie, Executive Director, 231-775-0657,

Kathy Morin, CGMP, Group Sales Manager, 231-775-0657,


Cadillac Positioning To Host More Government Meetings

CADILLAC, MICHIGAN – The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau (CAVB) is implementing a plan to be Northern Michigan’s leading destination to host government meetings.   CAVB Staff and area facilities are taking steps to better position the community to accommodate government groups, in addition to other market segments.

One of the identified accomplishments is to have lead Staff attain their Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation.   In late June, Kathy Morin, Group Sales Manager at the CAVB, attended the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) Conference held in downtown Detroit.   Where thousands of government meeting professionals and suppliers from around the U.S. attended certification, educational and networking sessions for five days.   Only twenty-seven planners and suppliers from across the country took the CGMP exam.  The CAVB is proud to announce that Kathy Morin, was one of five Michiganders who officially earned the Certified Government Meeting Professional designation (CGMP). 

“The government market is just one segment we are actively pursuing, along with associations, corporate, and various other types of groups,” says Kathy Morin, CGMP, Group Sales Manager at CAVB, “Cadillac is the perfect location to host a government meeting or event due to our accessible location, various sizes of meeting spaces available, and most of our lodging and meeting facilities are able to accommodate the required state and federal government per diem travel rates.”

“Kathy is a perfect fit for this role and we are excited to actively support her obtaining the tools needed to pursue this market,” says Joy VanDrie, Executive Director, CAVB, “it is a Business to Business networking market that needs a concentrated and focused plan, we have the plan, and are eager to support Kathy in this role to bring more meetings to our area.”

SGMP is a national organization based in Alexandria, Virginia,   Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.   SGMP’s membership is served by 21 chapters across the country. The Michigan chapter has approximately 150 members and represents a cross section of government employees, association planners, and suppliers from across the State.

The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau promotes the Cadillac area for leisure and group travelers through strategic marketing efforts. For more information, contact CAVB at 231-775-0657,,,, and now on


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