Member Testimonial


Jan Thor, CMP

Federal Aviation Administration (retired)


"I have been a government meeting planner for a LONG time! I have been member of SGMP for a LONG time! Why have I been a member for so long...because SGMP delivers what they say the will...EDUCATION, NETWORKING, and RESOURCES. There is no other place where I can go to get the training I need, the contacts I need, or the tools I need to enhance my job as a meeting planner, and to help me create cost effective meetings for my agency. Not only does SGMP provide valuable job training, it provides personal and professional growth opportunities as well. I have served on and chaired numerous Chapter committees. I have served on and chaired numerous National committees. I have served on my Chapter and the National Boards of Directors. These experiences have provided me with amazing professional growth. SGMP is a wonderful place to be if you want meeting planning education, it’s a wonderful place if you want career and personal development."

Join us

The PNW SGMP Chapter meets monthly September through June and offers a wide range of educational programming.  As a meeting planner you will have the opportunity to learn from the experts in the industry, experience local properties, meet the suppliers and network with other planners.  Benefits of membership are:

  • Education, Resources and Networking with other government planners and event suppliers.
  • Per diem rate setting and influence.
  • Airport / TSA rule updates.
  • Contract Management and negotiations with hotels and meeting facilities. 
  • ADA Meeting Regulations.
  • Latest AV trends.
  • Meeting Logistics.
  • State Ethics.
  • Leadership Opportunities.
  • CGMP designation is available exclusively to SGMP members.
  • Online suppliers guide offers a searchable database of professional resources.
  • Member rates to webinars/webcasts series.


SGMP is the only national organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to government meetings. Since our founding in 1981, we currently have nearly 1800 members and 21 chapters.

SGMP’s mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals. And our objectives are to improve the quality of and promote the cost-effectiveness of government meetings. Member value in our Society is delivered though education, resources and networking. The Member Benefits section will show you much more about the SGMP membership experience.

Each SGMP membership requires a single individual representative who will receive the rights and benefits of membership in our Society. Our membership, therefore, is comprised of individuals and not agencies or companies (but more than one individual at any organization may be a member). Each member in any category has one of two membership types: individual or organizational. This differentiation in type pertains only to how to handle a membership transfer. 

Questions?  Please contact the PNW Chapter Membership Chair, Robin Bammert at robin.bammert@rlhco.com


Join the PNW Chapter of SGMP Today! 

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