Each network provides members with a private message board for idea exchange and questions, a list of upcoming member events, a "virtual library" where members recommend business books, a destination log, a member blog, and a place to recommend their favorite industry suppliers.
"Since the founding of SPIN in October of 2008, we've had to turn away a lot of good planners because they didn't meet our experience requirement,"
All three of the planner networks are free to join, and are open for membership to planners only. "This is something completely unique in the industry," said Suckow. "Our networks are providing a forum for planners to feel comfortable posting their needs or issues that are directly relevant to their career stage. The younger planners can post beginner questions without feeling intimidated by senior-level peers. The senior-level planners can post questions in their own forum, knowing that others of a similar experience level will be able to respond to their needs."
SPIN currently holds Think Tank networking and education gatherings in 11 U.S. cities with plans to expand both domestically and internationally in 2011. IN and NeXt will begin holding member events in the next six months in cities where membership reaches at least 50 planners.
Planners can join the free network that matches their experience level by visiting www.theplannernetworks.com.
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SPIN, the Senior Planners Industry Network, is an association serving meeting and event planners with at least ten years of experience. It provides networking and educational opportunities, and is free to join for qualified members.