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#spotlight MPIGNY TALKS WITH ALESIA LAWSON DIRECTOR OF SALES 54 BELOW MPIGNY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Tell us a little about yourself, your career and current position. I came from a background of Broadway Group Sales. 54 Below was a unique opportunity for me. They brought me on to take over their tourism and group sales, and they asked me to also see what could be done with regard to creating a Special Events Department for the venue. During the past two years, we've watched our special events grow exponentially. It's a very exciting time!  I've been in charge of developing our pricing structure and procedures, building our client lists and driving our special events marketing strategies. It's been an amazing opportunity to build the department from the ground up. Why did you decide to join MPIGNY? How long have you been a member? Just a few days! I joined on Tuesday, February 2! What is your greatest source of job satisfaction? Creating a business plan for my department, putting it in to action and watching my department flourish and grow. I also love supporting a planner through every step of the process and watching their satisfaction when our events come off without a hitch or exceed their expectations. What are your hobbies and what do you like to do in your spare time? I love seeing theatre and movies. I'm an avid reader. Shopping is therapeutic. I play a lot of nerdy board games, and I binge watch "House of Cards" with my boyfriend.   @ I've only been in this field for a little over two years. I'm very eager to take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities MPIGNY offers. 724749_Allegria.indd 1 17 mpigny.org 09/12/14 2:08 AM http://www.allegriahotel.com http://www.AMmpigny.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2015

Ask the Board What Is Your Ultimate Travel Destination?
President’s Message by Carvie Gillikin
Building a Strong Team
Healthy Habits for the Home Office
Incentivize Me: The Road to Incentive Trip Recovery
Glamping Across the Usa and Abroad
14 Personal Branding With Ceci Johnson
Member Spotlight a Conversation With Alesia Lawson
Meeting and Event Trends: Let’s Get Engaged!
Day in the Life Exploring London With Deborah Kelly
Meetings Industry Building Global Momentum
18 Shades of Green
Ibtm America Launches a New Show Format This Summer
Notes From the Field
Javits Center Debuts a New Look, Feel for Nyc Meetings
Meeting in Detroit
New Members
Advertiser’s Index
Iceland Offers Endless Ideas for Events

@MPIGNY - Spring 2015