M.T. Hickman, CMP, CPECP

M.T. Hickman

Program Coordinator and Lead Faculty

History With Dallas College

  • 1997 - HEEM program coordinator and full-time faculty, Richland​

Educational Background

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Master's degree in applied communication, University of North Texas
  • Papers and Publications:
    • Chapter 2, “On-Site Meeting and Event Management,” Production and Logistics in Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions, Fenich G.; 2015
    • Chapter 15, “Putting It All Together,” Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions: An Introduction to the Industry, Fenich G.; 2005

Professional Certifications

  • Certified meeting planner (CMP)
  • Certified protocol etiquette and civility professional (CPECP)
  • Designated certified tour ambassador (CTA) and CTA trainer

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • 2019-2020, chair of the International Association for Exhibitions and Event Faculty Committee
  • 2017-present, member, the advisory board of The Hotel Association,
  • 2017-present, committee member faculty advisory board for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • 2000-present, co-chair of Faculty Engagement Program IMEX American
  • 2015-present, co-chair Faculty Engagement Program IMEX Frankfurt industry events


  • 2018 Colleen Rickenbacher Leadership Award
  • 2016 and 2017, nominated for the Colleen Rickenbacher Leadership Award
  • 2008, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Meeting Professional of the year
  • 1999, Richland’s Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2000, Delta Epsilon Chi Advisory of the Year Award

Related Professional Experience

  • Instructor, ITT Technical Institute
  • Marketing manager, WorldTravel Partners
  • Director of membership, Dallas Business Association
  • Sales manager and special event c​oordinator, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau