The Passions Behind the People

This month the spotlight is on Chris Baker, Director of Global Sales in the DMC Network...

 

The memory...

Late 1999, when I was working in Boston as a Client Relationship Manager for a financial services company. My brother owned a DMC and we had discussed eventually teaming up and working together. What’s a program again? I said I would move to Chicago and give it a few years and if I didn’t like it, I would move back. That was almost 20 years ago….

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This month the spotlight is on Jill Tate & Courtney Church, Partners of Corinthian Events our DMC partner in Boston...

 

The memory...

JILL: Mine is terrible and I have to work so hard to remember everything – Courtney’s is near perfect and she can keep track of us all!

 

An actual memory – starting the business and doing our first décor job as Corinthian Events.  Courtney and I looked a bit scared at each other – grabbed hands and said – we can do this….where should we put this hay and saddle??

 

COURTNEY: Tough one since my personal memory is bad, but my working memory is pretty darn good and I was really good at retaining phone #’s.  I bet Jill’s will be anything family related.

 

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This month the spotlight is on Miek Egberts,  Owner of InspireME Monte-Carlo our DMC partner in Monaco...

 

The memory... I have so many wonderful memories with my children, Federico and Catharina, my husband, and our extended families – at home in Monaco, in Italy, and the Netherlands.

 

The time of day... I love early mornings!  I spend some time meditating while everyone is still asleep. I also enjoy the end of the day - sunsets in Tuscany with the most beautiful scenery- the views of the vineyards and a glass of our own homemade wine in hand...

 

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This month the spotlight is on Shannon Rodriguez, National Director of Business Development, Imprint Events Group, our DMC Company in Colorado, Orlando and Las Vegas...

 

The memory... I was working at my desk when Chris Starkey, (now one of Imprint Group’s owner) walked through the door to use the rehearsal space we had in our office. At that time, I worked for another company. Following right behind him were 6 drummers and 8 uniquely dressed hip hop dancers beaming with a creative energy that was so contagious I had stayed and watched their full, two-hour rehearsal. I had never seen anything like that (and mind you this was 16 years ago). From that point on, I knew I wanted to be in the event production and entertainment world, but the one creating and producing the show. I remember thinking, “everyone should feel this energy in their lifetime!”...

 

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This month the spotlight is on Julia Trejo CMP, CIS, DMCP, Director Of Business Development at Terramar...

 

The memory.. I have so many but one that stays close in my heart: my mom cooking in the kitchen and me playing in our backyard. We lived close by the Mexico City’s airport so I would see big airplanes coming and going every day. I would be like maybe 6 years old and would tell my mom “I will travel a lot when I grow up” When I did my mom would tell this story to everyone she knew, so proud of her daughter!

 

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This month the spotlight is on Aoife Delaney, Director of Sales & Marketing, the DMC Network...

 

The time of day... My kids bath time – they are hilarious playing together in the bath!!

 

The smell... Snickerdoodle cookies fresh out of the oven.

 

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This month the spotlight is on Gina Rodigou, CMP – Director of Global Sales, DMC Network...

 

The memory... The first time Patrick & I laid eyes on our son, Michael, with tears of joy after an emergency C-Section.  At 17, he is still the miracle in our lives...

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This month the spotlight is on Cindy Hartner – Director of Global Sales, DMC Network...

 

The memory... The best times of my life are when I get to be with all three kids.  They’re all growed up now, and living in several pockets of the country, so being all together (okay, with my husband Robert, too) is my happy place...

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

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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. ...

 

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...

 

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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