Senior Professionals Industry Network

New Education Now Available for Supplier and VIP SPIN Members!

Are you tired of being ignored? Do you wonder how you can get your emails opened, read, and actually responded to? Check out this webcast series from SPIN Founder Shawna Suckow as she shares all the insider info on what's working today, so you can prospect better, and engage current clients with greater ease. It's geared for all those who sell their services and use email as a prospecting and relationship-building tool. Additionally, you can apply for the Customer Certified Sales Expert (C.C.S.E.) designation.  Click here for full details.

"Thank you for thinking of ways to
keep us current and engaged"
Juanita Metzler
  Eugene, Cascades & Coast

 Demand Equal Commissions from Marriott for ALL Intermediaries

SPIN, the Senior Planners Industry Network, stands with our 2,600 planner members, many of whom are small business owners who rely on commissions as part of their business model. Regardless of your affiliation with SPIN, we seek to help YOU have a voice as an Intermediary in our industry.

On January 24, 2018, Marriott International unilaterally cut commissions to Intermediaries (meeting & event planners, DMCs, travel agents and others) from 10% to 7%. On January 25, Successful Meetings magazine revealed* that Marriott gave special consideration to four of the largest group-booking intermediary companies by honoring 10% commission for them, allegedly through 2020.

***Whether you are a SPIN member or not, whether you are an Intermediary or just want to support them, sign this petition to tell Marriott that small businesses matter, too (most of which are women-owned in the U.S. M.I.C.E. industry, it bears noting). Demand equal commissions for your small business by joining voices with others to leverage our collective buying power.

Alone, we are too small to matter to the world's largest hotel chain. Together, we can show them our collective worth.

Standing with you,

Shawna Suckow, CMP
SPIN Founder
Former Intermediary
26-Year Industry Supporter

Tracey B. Smith, CMP, CMM
SPIN Executive Director
Former Intermediary
27-Year Industry Supporter


*Read the Successful Meetings article:


We are not all things to all people, we're just for you--for us--senior-level planners. By ‘senior’ we mean you’ve been in the industry for 10 years or more. Over the years you’ve likely dealt with robust budgets and belt-tighteners. You’ve had a really good boss or two, maybe a couple bad ones, and now you might even be the boss - running your own company. You may have fretted about losing your job or maybe you’ve actually lost one… or two--it’s okay, so have some of us.


Here’s the thing: Whether you’ve got reason to celebrate or vent, whether you need solutions or have solutions, or if you simply want to be with people who get it,  SPIN is your place!



"Wanted to reach out and say CONGRATS on SPIN’s anniversary! It’s hard to believe the organisation is already 10 years old; it’s a phenomenal group … and garners SUCH massive amount of  experience, wisdom; Only wish I was close enough to enable attendance at some events!" ~Dawn Farrell CMP, CEM - Owner / Managing Director, Farrell Events~

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