Each Friday on MeetingPlay's blog we get a little personal and showcase our very own event professionals that are behind the scenes every day working hard to ensure the event technology solutions (and Mary's favorite, of course, mobile event apps) that MeetingPlay produces are top of the line - delighting both in user experience, and event professionals expectations.
This week we are featuring MeetingPlay's #eventprofs Mary H. Mary is MeetingPlay's Director of Events, and one of our favorite southern accented team members! Meet Mary:
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My first job ever was working at a snowball stand. Sno-balls are a New Orleans treat, and not to be confused with a snow cone or Hostess cake! It was awesome because
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
Early on I’d have to say, my parents. They were very hard workers and instilled in me the importance of being dependable, focused, and honest. I think going into the “real world’ with those three values alone have helped shape me as a professional and a person. As an adult, I’m influenced by my children. They make me want to work hard to provide for them and show them what a strong career woman looks like. My hope is that it all comes full circle and that when my children are grown, I have instilled the same values in them that my parents instilled in me.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
There are so many things, but what stands out most to me would be taking an idea and transforming it into this memorable experience for an entire group of people. I think the industry itself just speaks to me and my personality; I love being creative, working in a fast paced environment, and being surrounded by eccentric and like-minded people.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Don’t be afraid! With my previous employer, I started out in an entry-level position and stayed there for way too long allowing others around me who didn’t believe in my potential dictate where I would go with the company. Finally, I stopped being afraid of being told I couldn’t do more and starting proving that I was a true value to the company and should be considered as such. By the time I left the company, after being there for 11 years, I was managing the entire division I had once started out at the bottom of. It makes me think where I would be if I had not let fear stop be early on in my career.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
As much as I’d like to say sleeping, it would have to be spending time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and as embarrassing as it is, watching reality TV.