Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 29 2014

Member Spotlight: Clint Ferguson, National Account Manager, Visit KC

Brad Plumb, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park Convention Bureau

How did you get started in the hospitality industry?

I knew since I was in high school that I wanted to be in the hospitality industry. I started at the then Crowne Plaza at 45th and Main by the Country Club Plaza. I was there for the transition to the now Marriott Country Club Plaza. That was back in 1998 when I started as a PBX operator.  What a fun time!

 

How many years working for hotels?

16 years.

 

What would you consider your proudest professional accomplishment?

I would say opening the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, KS. I was the first employee hired as the Director of Sales and was tasked with opening the doors with $1 million on the books. I did it with hardly any room to spare.

 

Describe your most unique work experience.

I would say it would be the time in early 2001 when I was asked to be the interim General Manager at the former Wyndham Garden Inn by KCI and I had to figure out how to keep the place running until they were able to hire a new GM. That was certainly interesting.  I was only 25 or 26 years old.

 

Favorite holiday Movie? 

Christmas Vacation.

 

Favorite restaurant?

The Jacobson (in the Crossroads District).

 

What would surprise us about you?

I actually grew up on a farm in northwest Missouri and drove a tractor before a car!

 

What would we find on your DVR?

Chrisley Knows Best, NCIS LA, How to Get Away with Murder and Long Island Medium. (Ha!)

 

Regular week end agenda?

I would say it’s fairly normal. Work in the office Monday through Friday, and try to hit the gym after work a few times a week in my building. I do travel quite a bit, so that sometimes keeps things active.

 

Television show that you never miss:

Chrisley Knows Best.

 

Idea of your perfect day off:

Well, I would prefer if it were in the summer time. I would start by sleeping in and then getting breakfast at either Eggtc. or First Watch and then do some shopping on the Plaza. Get BBQ “to go” from either Jack Stack or Joe’s and take it to Loose Park and enjoy the beautiful park. I would end the day relaxing at home with that special someone watching a funny movie. To me, that would be a great day off!

 

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