Every week on the MeetingPlay blog we showcase an employee. A chance for us to share the talent and hard work behind every aspect that goes into making MeetingPlay the most engaging mobile event app – this week we meet Laurie R.
Laurie, is an account manager at MeetingPlay. She originally came on board the MeetingPlay team as a travel director – helping ensure events and apps were successful, with on site success and support. Knowing how truly valuable Laurie could be both on site and off, we finally convinced Laurie to make the almost 2000 mile move from Colorado, and join MeetingPlay full time, in house, here in Maryland.
Meet MeetingPlay's #EventProf aka Account Manager, Laurie:
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My first job was an internship at the U.S. House of Representatives in DC for a California Congressman. The two things I hoped to get out of the internship was to witness a real life political scandal and to see some of my favorite politicians speak. I was lucky enough to have my office next door to a Congressman when he posted a certain photograph of himself on his public Twitter, then fled his office and left his whole staff without a Congressman. It was the breaking news of the summer and my office was in the prime location for the scandal. Oh, I also saw a lot of great politicians speak. My first internship was a success and now I can forever relate to my favorite shows, Veep and House of Cards.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
Our CEO at MeetingPlay, Joe Schwinger, has been an entrepreneur that I’ve admired since my first interaction with him during a conference in Denver over a year ago. Not long after, I found myself traveling from conference to conference with him, constantly being challenged to keep up with his quick, energetic pace. This answer holds real truth and isn’t strictly for the brownie points with my boss (although I won’t be mad if I get a couple).
3. What’s your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
I love getting to brainstorm with clients fun and effective ways to achieve their conference goals. I frequently get to create customized games to help attendee engagement. Creating mobile app games is every kid’s dream and you wouldn’t understand the level of creativity this job requires until you’re doing it firsthand.
4. What career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self, looking back?
I would tell myself not to settle on a job that doesn’t make you happy and don’t be afraid to keep trying new things until you find the right match. I’ve been a Congressman intern, a Wells Fargo personal banker, and a CrossFit coach in China, yet I’ve landed myself in Frederick as an Account Manager with MeetingPlay. Sometimes life can take you for a ride, but as long as you don’t settle and continue to challenge yourself, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.
5. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
I’m a true Coloradan at heart. When I’m not working I like to drive my Subaru to Whole Foods after I finish Crossfit, to spend far too much money on a Kombucha on my way to my campsite where I’ll find a good rock to climb.
Laurie is obviously a brilliant and valuable asset to the MeetingPlay team, and we are honored to have her on board!