How did you become involved in MPI?
My involvement with other great live event industry organizations, such as NACE and ILEA led me to MPI. For Drape Kings, MPI is a great mix of our clients, prospective clients, and our clients' clients.
What has been the most exciting moment or memorable thing that has happened since joining MPI?
Being a part of various committees! It is SO true that just showing up to meetings won't provide the full value of MPI. When you get to plan events together, learn, create and challenge one another, strong bonds are formed that you can't get anywhere else. THAT is what makes MPI most memorable.
How did you become part of the event industry?
I've always fallen under the arts & entertainment umbrella. I love every component that goes into the production of an event; how a cavernous space can transform into a rock concert, large conference, ANYTHING imaginable. Road cases, truss, motors, drape, everything rolling in to a show floor is fascinating and exciting!
How has MPI impacted your career?
MPI has been a very powerful connector to help open doors. As a member, I'm a peer of everyone else in the room; C-Suite to entry level event professionals. MPI allows me the opportunity to engage with clients in a meaningful, personable way, while getting to understand the nature of each of our businesses.
Tell us something unique about you?
I grew up on a farm in WI, and plan to get on the tractor this spring. I'm also a painter, and hope to get back to figure painting soon. Growing up with a dad who's a metal sculptor, and stepdad who's a farmer has been a dynamic combination which has cemented my love for nature and the arts.