• Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

As a part of this recognition, Kalfell will attend the 2017 PCMA’s Convening Leaders event in Austin, Texas, and the 2017 Education Conference in New York. She will also partner with an industry leader who will serve as a mentor.

Kalfell joined Visit Seattle as a conference service coordinator in January 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport management from the Rocky Mountain College and a master’s of sport administration and leadership from Seattle University.

“Tessa brings a tremendous insight and spirit to her role as convention services manager,” says Katy Willis, director, convention services, Visit Seattle. “We are so fortunate to have her as a member of our team that goes above and beyond to ensure our customers’ needs and expectations are met every step of the way. We couldn’t be more proud of Tessa’s achievement.”

Unprecedented times call for strategic measures. With so many planners wondering how best to plan for the event-specific challenges posed by COVID- 19, industry leaders and top associations have stepped up to offer a road map with trainings on everything from cleaning protocols to new contract clauses.

 

Virtual events and digital skills have become vital to the meetings and events industry like never before. As it wasn’t absolutely necessary for planners to have these skills before the pandemic, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) stepped in to help professionals obtain the skills they need to help contribute to the future of meetings and events.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com

Bruce MacMillan was recently named the Chief Operating Officer for PCMA.  

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