Membership Types & Categories


This type of membership is paid for (and belongs to) the company/agency employing the individual and remains with the organization; the organization may transfer it to another individual.


This type of membership is paid for (and belongs to) the individual and remains with that individual regardless of their place of employment; it is not transferable to another individual.

Note: If a company or agency supports the member by paying the membership fee (directly or through reimbursement), the membership belongs to the organization.

There are four categories of membership in SGMP. Upon submission, your application is presented to the SGMP Board of Directors for approval. In order to maintain the membership balance, a supplier applicant must join with a planner applicant.


Individuals who are employed by federal, state, or local governments who have the responsibility for planning or implementing any type of meeting — on a full- or part-time basis — as part of their official duties. [Employees of military and quasi-government organizations or associations where a majority of their membership is comprised of government employees may also qualify.]


Individuals, organizations or companies operating under contract to (and receiving payments directly from) government agencies to assist in the planning or implementing of any type of meeting. [Contract planner members must not work for an organization that receives commission from suppliers.]


Companies or individuals who provide facilities and services to government or contract planners outside of direct assistance in the planning and implementation of meetings. [Supplier members are paid by agencies/planners. Hotels and CVBs are supplier members.]


Individuals, organizations or companies being compensated through commission from suppliers. [Associate suppliers are paid by suppliers.] 


Individuals who are students/interns or interested educators, who are not directly involved in the planning or implementing of meetings or in the supplying of facilities or services to meeting planners. [Educator/Student applicants may not be eligible for membership in any other category.]


Individuals who are SGMP members in good standing at the time of their retirement. [Retired meeting planners may not join SGMP as a Retiree member. If a Retiree member becomes willfully employed and eligible for other SGMP membership, they shall forfeit their Retiree membership.]

Note: If a person qualifies for membership in more than one category, he/she must join at the highest membership category for which they are eligible.


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Chartered: January 24, 1990