Members of PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties class of 2020 already have proven to be leaders, putting their own mark on the business events industry. Hannah Poyo, MBA, tradeshow & event planner at Q2 in Austin, Texas, shares her thoughts about the industry.
What do you like most about your job?
An aspect of my job that I love the most is that each day is always different. While I may be doing the same tasks logistically, each event is unique. Planning events allows me the opportunity to make connections, create opportunities, and form partnerships that strengthen community financial institutions.
What do you like most about the industry?
The thing I like most about the industry is the diverse connections I get to make. One day I will be meeting with a decorator and the next I am contracting an inspirational keynote speaker. Through these connections I can inspire people to be creative, help create an experience that can change a person’s way of life or business, or even just make someone smile.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from someone in the industry?
“Hard is not bad, it’s just hard.” Growing up, my mom would regularly remind me of that reality in all my work, schoolwork, and even through event planning. That advice resonates with me, especially as a trade-show and event planner, because regardless of how many times an event might not go 100 percent as planned or a goal is not met, the stress and the discipline of work will strengthen me to become a better person. The problem I am going through today will help me to overcome the barrier of tomorrow.