The Society of Government Meeting Professionals has named Virginia’s Debra Kilpatrick, CGMP, its planner of the year, and Colorado’s Kimberly Forte, CGMP, its supplier of the year. These awards, named for SGMP founder Sam Gilmer, are the government meeting planning industry’s highest honors.
Kilpatrick, SGMP’s national secretary, has worked in the office of Virginia’s attorney general for 30 years. She’s been an SGMP leader since 1999, serving six years on the national board of directors, two years as a trustee for the SGMP’s Gilmer Institute of Learning and eight years on the Old Dominion chapter board, where she was president (2007-09) and a two-time chapter planner of the year recipient.
Forte, senior sales manager at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, is a Gilmer Institute of Learning trustee and joins the national board of directors on July 1. She is a past supplier of the year recipient of the Rocky Mountain chapter and the Denver-based chapter of PCMA, of which she was president in 2013. She is also a Colorado Meetings & Events Hall of Fame inductee.
SGMP has 2,500 members and nearly 30 chapters across the United States.