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MEET A
STAFFER
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST
PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
AT THE AUTO CARE ASSOCIATION
SO FAR?

THE Auto Care Association facilitates
dozens of events each year, from
small committee meetings, to the
community conferences and of
course the events at AAPEX. Leah
Jones, director, meetings and
events, has found time in the midst
of the constant cycle of planning and
preparing to successfully balance
her two worlds: being a mother
and wife to her family and being a
dedicated working professional.
Leah's career journey into
meetings and events began with
her first job out of college as a sales
coordinator for Starwood Hotels,
where she got her first taste of the
convention management industry.
"I loved it! Hotels, travel,
fun people. It was great," said
Jones. "After a few years I knew
I wasn't interested in pursuing
hotel sales so I wanted to explore
the other side and work for an
association in their meetings
department. I found convention
management to be so rewarding."

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART
ABOUT WORKING AT THE
ASSOCIATION? WHAT ARE THE
BIGGEST REWARDS?
Favorite part is definitely the people. I
laugh every single day. We truly have
a family here. I mean, Michael Barratt
(my SVP) was even in my wedding!

The association is very supportive
of our professional development
and with their encouragement I
applied for and was accepted into a
leadership scholarship class for the
American Society of Association
Executives (ASAE). Through ASAE,
I earned my Certified Association
Executive (CAE) accreditation in
December 2015, right after the
rush of AAPEX. It was extremely
gratifying and humbling as
well since Auto Care was really
invested in my development.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE
OF WORK.

leah
JONES

director
DEPARTMENT

Meetings and Events
240-333-1061
leah.jones@autocare.org

Right now my family is my life. I've
been blessed with four children,
three boys (Lucian age five,
Matias age three and Sebastian
age nine months) and one girl
(Natalia). There was an unfortunate
accident in the summer of 2016
and my little girl passed away
when she was six months old.
It was a devastating time for my
family. My Auto Care family, staff
and members alike, were so
generous and sincere in their love
and support. I was so grateful for
their gestures and outreach.

TELL US A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT
YOU THAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE.
I am pretty good at Tetris. I reached
Level 18 once. Just once. Also, I
went to the University of Maryland,
College Park... but I'm a Duke
basketball fan. It's heresy.

FAVORITE APPS

USAA, Auto Care Events
YEARS WITH AUTO CARE ASSOCIATION

14 years this July!

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WORDS TO LIVE BY
"If you don't have anything nice to say,
come sit next to me." - Alice Roosevelt



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