1 – Could you give us a brief overview of your professional background and how did you start your career in the Meeting Industry?
Since a child I had very international education, German school in different cities and afterwards British school in Madrid. I then studied Tourism Management at university and my interest for tourism probably was because I grew up in the Canary Islands where tourism is the most important industry. After Tourism I reinforced my education with an MBA.
My professional career started in the hospitality field working in Sales & Marketing for NH Hotels. I was missing Project management so I then changed my path to the event management sector where I worked for 2 of the best event management agencies in Spain. But I had always in my mind to set up my own business; hence I started setting up a web platform to organize events on line. The online world was not very nice to me and we faced the worldwide “.com crisis” only 1 year after I started my business. It was difficult to survive… After having tested the entrepreneur excitement it was impossible for me to go back to a regular company so I decided to start again a new project.
This time not on line but an extraordinary event management company. This was 15 years ago and we are still in the run. Now internationally, with several offices worldwide and a team of professionals I have the great honour to lead every day.
2 – How has your MPI membership affected your professional career?
When I started my career, I knew MPI was the only association in our sector with global and plural ADN.
MPI is a community of professionals in different fields in our industry, which could give me a wider scope of the profession I wanted to succeed in. That was the main reason why I joined MPI back in 2006. Nowadays being part of the board at MPI Spain offers me the opportunity to give back to my industry and do something for my sector and of course extends my personal career development to thousands of opportunities.
3 - What’s new with the Chapter and what are the goals that you would like to achieve with the Spanish Chapter in the coming months?
New in the Chapter is that we are thinking very strategic and we have increased our pro activeness, as our main goal is to position MPI as the top plural association in Spain. We are career home to learn and gain professional development in all areas and important we are not competing but complementing other sectorial associations in our country. Our communication efforts will be based on this global concept of MPI.
Because we firmly believe in future generations, we have in our strategic plans for this year to organize the first edition of the “Meetings & Events entrepreneurs get together” with educational programs and access to finance and investment encounters. Another great challenge will be to set up the first MPI Spain Young Professionals network.
Membership is the first thing for all associations and we will be actively working as Board on membership programs to increase all different categories of members: suppliers and planners.
We have also a high quality and extensive Educational program with 22 sessions plus seminars, with certification in different cities in Spain, to network with our members.
4 – What piece of advice would you give to young professionals starting a career in the Meeting and Event Industry?
If there is a dream to lead and stand out as a professional in the Meetings & Events industry I would definitely encourage them to join MPI and be actively involved and connected, taking advantage of the opportunities which are open to Young professionals.
Getting involved in networking activities to connect with as many industry colleagues as possible and build strong connections. Get education and future trend updates is also crucial for their professional successful evolution.