Membership Categories

There are five categories of membership in SGMP to be eligible to join our organization. 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 solicit business from and/or who provide facilities and services to government planners outside of direct assistance in the planning and implementation of meetings. Suppliers include hotel representation firms, travel agencies convention & visitors bureaus, consulting firms, registration services, airlines, printers, exhibit managers, security services, etc.

Individuals, organizations or companies that are compensated through retainer or commission from suppliers (i.e., hotels, conference centers, cities, etc.) will be considered associate suppliers. This means that individuals, organizations or companies whose income in the planning or placement of government meetings, conferences or conventions is derived from suppliers are also considered suppliers.

Individuals who are educators or students who would not otherwise qualify for any other membership category. This is a nonvoting category and does not count toward planner/supplier "matching" requirements. This category is not open to anyone who would be eligible for any one of the three other membership categories.

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.

For more information about SGMP and the application process, please visit our National stie at:


Payable by check or credit card

Government Planner $55
Contract Planner $140
Supplier $350
Associate Supplier $250
Educator/Student $25
Retiree $25



  • Incomplete or illegible applications will be returned. There is a $40 returned check fee.
  • Be sure to select the chapter with which you wish to affiliate on your application (applicants not noting a chapter will be placed into the At Large group, which provides no local activities or additional benefits). 
  • Current or past planner members are not eligible to re-join along with a supplier as their "match" until their membership has lapsed for 12 months.
  • Government employees, please check with your ethics officer before accepting membership as a gift.   
  • Applicants that qualify for more than one category are only eligible to join SGMP at the higher category.


Contact the Membership Liaison if you need assistance with your membership application or have questions about the process at [email protected].

Society of Goverment Meeting Professionals mailing address:

SGMP Headquarters- Membership 908 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax 703-549-0708