This past May, the Emerging Sales Professionals Association (ESPA)—a Washington state nonprofit corporation that provides professional development training for sales staff from publicly owned convention and meeting venues—held its sixth Emerging Sales Professionals Symposium, ESP6, at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. ESPA members include sales professionals at all levels from convention and meeting venues in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The association organizes educational programs each fall and spring.
When Stacy Graven, executive director of Visit Bellevue Washington, first moved to Bellevue in 1972, the city fell squarely into the “bedroom community” category. Much has changed since then, however. “The community has continued to evolve from suburban to much more urban city,” says Graven, “but it still manages to be a great place to live, work and play.”