Melissa Baca Parra, Hospitality Management alum in 2011, recently “received” Mr. Paul Van Deventer (President & CEO of Meeting Professionals International) for the 8th edition of the MPI Mexico Chapter Convention this month in Chihuahua, Mexico at the EXPO CHIHUAHUA Convention and Exhibition Center. She is currently working in the convention center as an Event Coordinator. EXPO CHIHUAHUA Convention and Exhibition Center is one of the top 10 convention centers in Mexico according to ¨MDC, The Meeting Planner’s Magazine.¨
We caught up with Melissa to check in with her on her impressive career progress!
KC – Can you tell us about what it is you did at this event?
MBP – As the venue hosting the 8th edition of the MPI Mexico Chapter Convention, I am responsible for the overall coordination of the event within the convention center and the liaison between the organizing committee and event professionals in Chihuahua.
KC – Can you tell us about your job?
MBP – Being a Sales Executive at Expo Chihuahua involves more than selling venue space to potential customers. It also requires positioning Expo Chihuahua Convention & Exhibition Center as the best venue for local, national and international meetings and conventions through the ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) database. From building a community of event professionals in Chihuahua, public relations, promoting the destination, and organizing events this is definitely a very dynamic job position with high-stress levels.
KC – What do you like most about your job?
MBP – The greatest satisfaction about my job is knowing that by bringing and bidding for national and international meetings, I am helping my state increase the economic impact that a convention generates on the destination. I love that I never get bored and the relationships I build along the way.
KC – How did Kendall prepare you for what you are doing now and what you would like to do in the future?
MBP – Kendall College prepared me by providing opportunities to improve my networking and public relations skills, acquiring a greater scope of what the industry is and become up to date with what top meeting professionals around the world are doing and looking for in venues, events and destinations. I also love that it is located in one of the top cities for Conventions and Exhibitions which gave me the opportunity to witness many great and different types of events.