In 1988, a group of ten men and women founded a unique organization, the Council of Protocol Executives ( COPE ). It is the first and only organization of its kind, dedicated to raising the level of professionalism in the application of protocol standards for executive-level business meetings and entertainment. The enterprising founders have selectively expanded membership to over 375 executives, representing companies from the leading Fortune 500, financial and major nonprofit institutions. COPE organizes exclusive meetings, which showcase special event venues and hotels. Members are introduced to high-end caterers, florists, entertainment, retailers, photographers, transportation and audio-visual companies. COPE meetings feature noted speakers who have addressed critical issues such as security, crisis management, cutting-edge technology, cross-cultural sensitivities, career management, event marketing, concierge services, protocol guidelines, networking, presentation skills, stress management, travel medicine, trends in food and decor, and visual communications. In addition, COPE is renowned for its comprehensive biennial special event/meeting seminar. Through COPE's sponsorship of a wide range of events, our distinguished and diverse members are encouraged to interact with their colleagues and to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. A membership roster, which is updated twice a year, facilitates networking among the associates.