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Kristine Van Winkle,
CMP, CASE, CTE
Senior Account Executive, Marriott International
How long have you been with your current organization
and/or in your current position?
I've been with Marriott International for a little over 26 years
- managing a variety of market segments from corporate,
association, affinity, social, sports and entertainment. The
last 3+ years have been in my current position as Sr. Account
Executive managing the association segment where I have
wonderful clients that are all based in Northern California.
How did you hear about associations as a career choice?
What brought you to your current organization?
Back in the day there was a TV show called "Hotel," and oh boy
I was sure that's what I wanted to do. Actress Connie Sellecca
played the role of Christine Francis, a manager at the St.
Gregory Hotel in San Francisco, and she SOLD me the idea of
hotel management. So the TV show, coupled with an internship
at a hotel in Sacramento while attending UC Davis, was the
start of my career in the hotel industry.
What's your hometown? Where were you raised?
Born and raised in Quincy, CA, I was surrounded by the
beauty and bounty of the National Forest. Growing up I have
great memories of camping, fishing, tennis, golf and general
enjoyment of the outdoors with my Mom, Dad and brothers.
What do you do to relax? Hobbies?
My Dad always said that tennis and golf were the social
sports for life, and he was right! Over the years I've
gravitated more to golf, and have
had wonderful opportunities for
playing both sports with friends,
family and even clients. Some of my
best memories are early morning
rounds with my husband Steve.
What's your favorite type of food?
Raised on the teachings of my mom and Julia Child (a real thrill
to have met Julia back in the early 90s), I learned early on to
appreciate the offerings and comforts of bringing food together
in a way that warms the heart and soul of those around you.
So I don't really have a favorite food, I'm more about the pure
joy of food in its simplest form or in a state of culinary artistry
surrounded by family and friends that excites me the most.
Do you speak any languages besides English?
Sadly, what I learned of Spanish in high school and one year of
college is mostly forgotten!
Do you have any kids? Pets?
Two great kids, who are not so much kids anymore - Robert is
27, living and thriving in Sacramento and Katelyn turned 20
in August is attending CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Quincy, our
Golden Retriever, is a little over a year old and full on going
through her teenage years testing the patience of my husband
and I on a daily basis. We love all our kids!
What was the last movie you saw
in the theatre and loved?
"Jurassic World" - almost as good as the first one and
all I can say is WOW!
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
One of the simplest questions to answer: ICE CREAM!
If you could meet any famous person or historical figure,
who would it be and what would you ask/tell him/her?
I would have loved to have met the classic comedians like Don
Rickles (still amongst the living), Foster Brooks, Sid Caesar,
Dom DeLuise and Joan Rivers. I would have loved to have hung
out with Robin Williams for a day. And I wouldn't ask any of
them a thing; I'd just listen and laugh until it hurt! Then there's
the Rat Pack; the thrill of Frank's voice and the dreamy Dean
Martin. Sing to me boys!
What's your favorite quote?
Next to my computer, I read this quote every day and take
pause to embrace it: "Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how
well you do it."
Boxwood ........................................................ 11
Bank of Sacramento ...................................... 23
CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS
Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau .......... 29
Sacramento CVB....................Inside Back Cover
HOTELS & RESORTS
The Domain Hotel ..................Inside Front Cover
Embassy Suites - Sacramento Riverfront ........ 4
by Sheraton LAX .........Inside Front Cover
Naylor Event Solutions ........ Outside Back Cover
Ca lSAE's T HE E XEC U T IV E - SE P T E M B E R/ O C TO BE R 2 0 1 5
Hyatt Regency Monterey ............................... 16
Resort and Spa............Inside Front Cover
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly ........... 26
Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown
at Capitol Park .............Inside Front Cover
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Executive - September/October 2015
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: By Jim Anderson, CAE
AT A GLANCE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Thinking and Acting Beyond Orthodoxy
Advancing Association Meetings by Exploring the Learning Brain
10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends
From Data to Decision: Facilitating a Critical Thinking Discussion
Is it Time for an Event Sponsorships Makeover?
DOLLARS & SENSE
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kristine Van Winkle, CMP, CASE, CTE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
The Executive - September/October 2015