Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 04 2014

PCMA SE Member Spotlight

Chris Colbert
Q & A with Megan Blake, MPA, CMP (PCMA Member of 2 years)
Senior Specialist, Meeting Planner
American College of Rheumatology

How many years have you been in the hospitality industry?
Eight years

If you could create a parade of any type at a PCMA SE Chapter meeting, what type of parade would it be?
A mardi-gras type parade with lots of decorations, floats and costumes.

If you could recommend one book, what would it be and why?
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It was, and still is, one of my favorite books growing up.   I think it has a lot of life lessons that are relevant to people of all ages.

What types of social media works best for you and your business?
My personal preferred social media platform is twitter. #ithasthebeststuff

Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Who doesn’t!   

If you were 80 years old, what advice would you give someone just beginning a career in the hospitality/meetings industry?
Network, Network, Network. The hospitality meetings industry is built and runs on relationships. Don’t be afraid to spark up a conversation with an industry veteran, most people in this industry are more than welcoming to newbies. You never know when that one connection from that one event will lead to something extraordinary.