The Passions Behind the People

This month the spotlight is on Shannon Gardner, DMCP, President of Accent Indy and CTC Destination Management, our DMC partner in Indianapolis and Chicago....

By Shannon Gardner

 

The memory... It was 2008 and the economy was tough. I had just purchased Accent Indy in 2007 and was working with lean means. We needed a few wheelchairs for an upcoming program, but the vendor was going to charge an insane delivery fee... $75! In an effort to save the $75, I decided to go pick up the chairs....

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This month the spotlight is on Laurie Sprouse, CITE, CMP, DMCP Co-Owner and President at Ultimate Ventures, our DMC Company in Dallas-Fort Worth...

By Laurie Sprouse

 

The memory... The memory that started it all was shortly after graduating from college, sitting on the beach in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, with my friend, Val Lenington. We were talking about what we wanted to do with our lives and that’s when and where we decided to go into business together. We agreed to start our company in two years and shook hands on it. That was 27 years ago and we are now celebrating 25 years in business!...

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This month the spotlight is on Franny Starkey, COO of Imprint Group, our DMC Company in Colorado, Central Florida and Las Vegas...

By Franny Starkey

 

The memory... the first time I walked into the East Wing of the White House. I served as Senior Advisor and Director of Scheduling & Advance for First Lady Michelle Obama for the first half of the administration. I can still remember the fear and uneasy feeling I had walking into a place with such an incredible history not knowing really anything about how it worked, but also the incredible responsibility and pride I felt in the work I was going to be able to do there...

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This month the spotlight is on Rob Walsh CMP DMCP, owner of Summit Events in Park City and Salt Lake City UT...

By Rob Walsh

 

The memory... Some of my fondest memories have been my kids 'firsts'. We have a 3-year-old daughter named and a 6-year-old son named Henry. The last few years have seen first steps, first time on skis, first fish, the first day of school. It's been really fun seeing them grow up...

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This month the spotlight is on Angie Weigel, DMCP, Owner of Destination St. Louis, our DMC Company in St Louis...

By Angie Weigel

 

The memory... The last game of the 2011 World Series.  I attended the game with my Dad, an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan.  He had never attended a Championship Game and sadly this was the last game he attended.  It is a great father-daughter memory!...

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This month the spotlight is on Diane Lyons President & CEO of Accent-DMC, our DMC Company in New Orleans, Louisiana...

By Diane Lyons

 

The memory... This year is the New Orleans Tricentennial Year. The Tall Ships were planning to come to New Orleans.  My husband Jack and I, along with 10 friends, had the special opportunity to sail from Pensacola to New Orleans on a 100-year-old sailing vessel called the Oosterschelde...

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This month the spotlight is on Lisa Deleon Co-Owner & Senior Vice President of Sales of Destination Tahoe Meetings & Events, our DMC Affiliate in Tahoe/Reno, Nevada...

By Lisa Deleon

 

The memory... I tried for days to come up with just one and realized it was impossible.  I waited for just one to stand out but it was like a movie trailer or more accurately like ESPN Sports Center and the highlights played over and over...

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This month the spotlight is on Melissa Murray, Director of Operations and Quality at Mosaix Group, our DMC Affiliate in Asheville/Charlotte, North Carolina...

By Melissa Murray

 

The memory... The laughter and amazing experiences we had as a family while traveling through Italy this spring. The memories are punctuated by gelato, biking through Tuscany, pasta, and, of course, more gelato.

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This month the spotlight is on Larry Huttinger, Diector and Co-owner of Destination Philly, our DMC Company in Philadelphia and Atlantic City...

By Larry Huttinger

 

Time of day... Early evening - either sitting in my backyard and watching the sun set or taking a walk around my neighborhood.

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This month the spotlight is on Valerie Summers, VP and Queen of Everything for Destination Musick City, our DMC Affiliate in Nashville, TN...

By Valerie Summers

 

The memory... I had one, but then I forgot it. Shoot.

The hobby... It once was crochet, but then I suffered a terrible crochet injury and I couldn’t go back into training. Now it’s travel.

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This month the spotlight is on Joanne Ferguson-Twiste, President at Destination Puerto Rico, our DMC Company in Puerto Rico...

By Joanne Ferguson-Twiste

 

The memory... I am a member of Skal International, an international organization of Executives in the Tourism Industry, with chapters in various cities throughout the globe.  My grandfather was one of the founding members of the Puerto Rico Club, back in 1959, and was the third President of the Club in 1961...

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This month the spotlight is on Janet Holliday, President & CEO of The CE Group Inc, our DMC Company in San Antonio...

By Janet Holliday

 

The hobby... I love a good farmers market and seek them out when I travel.  I had the great honor of helping launch the Pearl Farmers Market and to see how it has grown into a vibrant weekend tradition of local foods and flavors...

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This month the spotlight is on Christy Spisak, Director of Sales and Operations of Cosmo Cool Concepts, our DMC Company in Houston...

By Christy Spisak

 

The hobby... Spending time with my family is my favorite thing in the world to do.  We like to do fun things like going to festivals, the park, the zoo, movies, etc.  My daughter is young and I just feel strongly that it’s important to make memories...you never get these years back...

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This month the spotlight is on Nicole Marsh, CMP, DMCP Partner of Imprint Group, our DMC Company in Colorado and Central Florida...

By Nicole Marsh

 

The memory... approaching my former boss and founder of The Arrangers, Linda Rankin, at my first annual review about buying her business.  I was 27 and thought it would be another five years or so before she was ready.  Six months later she said she was ready and six months later it was done!  Here I am, still loving what I do, nearly 20 years later!...

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This month the spotlight is on Laurie Stroll, President and Owner of Newport Hospitality, our DMC Company in Newport, Rhode Island...

By Laurie Stroll

 

The memory... My happiest memory is the day my husband finally asked me to marry him.  Marshall was a bachelor who was never going to get married and he reminded me of that every day.  After a few years of dating I was asked to transfer to Troy, Michigan to work pre- opening sales for a new hotel...

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This month the spotlight is on Debbie Ibey, Co-owner of Arrangements Unlimited, our DMC Company in San Diego...

By Debbie Ibey

 

The memory... I was driving my daughter to school on when I got a call from my business partner asking what I was doing. I said dropping off Megan at school before coming into the office. After a pause she said "don’t come to the office, we have had a fire"...

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This month the spotlight is on Cynthia Alford, President of Destination South, our DMC Company in Atlanta. ...

By Cynthia Alford

 

The memory... My husband was a bachelor until he was over 50. During our three years of dating, we never talked about getting married until I hosted a big outdoor soiree to celebrate his 50th birthday.  After the birthday cake was cut and “Happy Birthday” was sung, he took my hand and led me to a bench overlooking the beautiful skyline of our neighbourhood, Midtown Atlanta...

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Take a look at what Matt Cuevas, CEO of Cappa & Graham, is in love with...

By Matt Cuevas

 

The memory... I wouldn’t be a good parent if I just picked one... so I am lucky enough to have 3 amazing memories. Each one of them is of my children being born at home with a truly amazing wife who is a superwoman through and through...

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