About Hotel Conference Centers
Having worked in banquets at a local hotel to put myself through school, I learned a lot about the work that goes into pulling off a huge event. Some mornings we’d set up for a brunch seminar, and have an hour long turnaround to set up for a grand evening gala. We’d spend many late nights cleaning up after an event that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, only to be there the next day bright and early to prepare for a full day conference. There were many days that I looked back on after wondering how in the world we managed to pull off what we did. After I graduated with my accounting degree, I couldn’t wait to have that experience in banquets a distant memory.
I went and worked at a local firm for the next twelve years, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I know, for anyone who isn’t an accountant, it sounds like the most boring job on the planet. But for me it all just made sense, and finding errors along the way just kind of made it like I was solving a mystery. Anyway, after all the time working there, I got engaged and underwent the process of planning and coordinating my wedding over the course of sixteen months. I greatly enjoyed the process, never quite experiencing the breaking point part way in that most brides go through. It certainly kept me busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Of course, the wedding went off beautifully, and after it ended I found myself missing working on it. I figured it would go away, but after a year of marriage, and no friends having any weddings to help plan, I started thinking maybe I should redirect my career in that direction. One of the hotels we worked with at the accounting firm had a position for a temporary Sales and Events Manager while their full time manager was on maternity leave, and knowing my work and my background in accounting they thought I would be a good match. They figured they’d give me a chance, because if they knew one thing, it was that I’d know how to make them money. I took a leap of faith, and left behind a career I had worked on for over a decade, to work a temporary position in a field that I had only dabbled in.
Turns out, the woman who I was covering for on maternity leave decided that she wouldn’t mind being a stay at home mother, so my position was extended while they put on the hunt for her replacement. Taking the temporary job was really to test the waters and see how I liked it, but the longer I was there, the more I loved the position. I completely gave it my all, which lead to them calling off the search and offering me the position. I couldn’t be happier, and I am combining the things I love into one job. I’ll celebrate my ten year anniversary here next year, after just celebrating the ten year anniversary of my wedding, the event that changed my life course in more than one way.