As Senior Group Sales Executive with Gaylord Hotels, I work with both Corporate and Association Planners out of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado to bring their meetings of 1,000 peak or greater to Gaylord Hotels. I have been a member of MPI D/FW for 25 years, and my most memorable experience with MPI was serving on the Board of Directors from 1993-1997. It was such a great learning experience both professionally and personally. Many of my dearest lifelong friends are those who I served with on the MPI DFW Chapter Board. I am a Dallas native and in my free time, I enjoys working out, travel, movies, music, trying new restaurants and going to the spa or course!
As Business Development Manager for CE&O, I assist with marketing, social media and development of new business ventures. I love working for and with Debra McDonald, owner of CE&O. She is a member of MPI Houston and encouraged me to get involved with MPI D/FW. I am now the Social Media Chair of the Marketing-Communications Committee. We are working hard to build strong social media platforms for our members. Outside of work, I am an avid car enthusiast. I love to go to car shows and drive. My dream is to attend the Formula 1 race in Monaco. I have (2) French Bulldogs - Mack "the Truck" and Enzo, and (3) cats - Calloway, De Tomaso Pantera and Zonda. I love to plan events, and that is my true joy.
Michelle Raczynski | Business Development Manager - Corporate Events & Occassions
I have been a member for less than a year. I have joined the Education and Events Committee, and am excited to use my skills to help others while meeting and building relationships within the organization. My favorite MPI memory so far would have to be the 2014 Holiday luncheon. It was festive, informative and I was able to meet new people and reconnect with those I have not seen for some time! My favorite thing about Dallas is that I love the hospitality Dallas offers. It is truly geared toward memorable experiences. If I were to be featured in a movie about ME, the person that would play me would be Kelly Ripa. Although not a “movie star”, she can be serious yet a complete goofball! If I wasn't in my current line of work I would be a Christian recording artist or on Broadway. My family motivates me - they are my everything!
Louise Burke | Senior Sales - The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton
I work as the Assistant Event Planner where I plan and manage various corporate conferences and events that range from 20 to 2,000 attendees. I have been a member since September 2014. I recently graduated with my Master’s in Hospitality Management, and am in the process of obtaining my CMP, so I hope to become much more involved in the coming months. I have not had the chance to make any memories within MPI as of yet, but look forward to the opportunities and connections this association has in store for me. I was born and raised in Dallas, so there are so many things I love about it. I’d have to say my favorite thing is the southern hospitality and BBQ at the top of my list. If I were to be featured in a movie about ME, Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston would play my role. If I wasn't in my current line of work, I would probably still be working in the hospitality industry or some other service sector, though the ocean has always fascinated me. My motivation comes from the fact that I get to be creative everyday while making people happy in the management of various events….it’s a dream come true!
Rachel Thurman | Assistant Event Planner - Copart
I have been a member of MPI for 2 years. My favorite MPI memory occurred at last year’s technology meeting where I learned so much about how technology is evolving our industry. If I could sing one song on The Voice it would it be “Anything” by Janis Joplin. My favorite movie is the “Wizard of Oz”. If I was not in my current line of work, I would probably be doing something medical – either a pharmacist or therapist. The one thing that motivates me is the opportunity to go above and beyond and exceed expectations, building loyalty with clients.
Amanda Westlake | Catering Sales - Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club and Sheraton Stonebriar
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