I am doing. She lived Marriott’s core
values of putting people first, giving
the associates opportunities to grow
and succeed in the company. She also
encouraged me to be creative and to
follow my dreams.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY JOB
I love working with passionate
people and being part of a great team.
Organizing international conferences
is a great experience that involves
working with di;erent cultures. It gives
me the opportunity to apply my cross-cultural skills and my six languages.
Our profession is so varied, and the
array of challenging situations that we
face o;ers us endless opportunities
to create and build value both for our
clients and for the K.I. T Group itself.
MY NEX T BIG CAREER GOAL It is great
to see clients and sta; develop under
my guidance. Above all, I think it is vital
to share and promote best practices,
to remain open to new ways of doing
things, and to always keep a keen eye
out for new opportunities.
MY ADVICE FOR YOUNG MEE TING
PROFESSIONALS Go to PCMA
Convening Leaders early in your
career. There, you can get inspired at
a top-notch level and you can make
great contacts. Take advantage of
industry education programs such as
CMP, DES, etc. Think big, strive for
greatness — and never forget that the
devil is in the details!;.
— Christopher Durso
MY FAVORITE NEW APP
Social Tables Pocket Planner
BIANCA FERRER, Creative Director and Producer, Coterie Spark
Akey quality of a business-event professional is the ability to parse decisions that can be made on the spot versus those that need creative resolutions. An app that enables me to minimize process-
ing power for those on-the-spot calculations for my clients is the Social
Tables Pocket Planner app.
Social Tables Pocket Planner is a free calculator app that uses Convention Industry Council standards to recommend food, beverage, service,
and safety quantities for events based on attendance. I find Social Tables
Pocket Planner most useful when I am tasked with designing first-time
programs or out-of-the-box client experiences. From mapping out space
in a new venue to curating tasting events that require menu and service
design based on projected attendance, Social Tables Pocket Planner takes
care of the math, so I can focus on enhancing guest experiences.;.
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