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Daron Linton and Alicia Perras were recently hired as meeting architects for Kinsley Meetings in Littleton, Colorado.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
Daron Linton: Kinsley encourages all of their employees to be involved in industry associations as well as take on new projects and educational opportunities. I look forward to continuing to develop my expertise and expand my knowledge of the industry in this role.
Alicia Perras: I'm looking forward to working with the great team at Kinsley Meetings, I have been planning events in the nonprofit world for the past five years and often a one-person team. I'm really looking forward to being able to collaborate and learn from all the different experiences my colleagues bring to the table.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
DL: Through my past experiences, I have developed the ability to provide both strategic vision and management of logistical details. With third party meeting planning, there is no task too big or too small to tackle. I am well equipped to cover the spectrum and can really bring value to our clients.
AP: I have had the opportunity to plan a lot of unique events in the past. I have always had to be mindful of budgets, timing, planning committees and organizing multiple events at the same time. I am so excited to use my skills in a new arena.
3. How did you get into the industry?
DL: Passion and personality. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, but I discovered very quickly that I didn’t want to work in the field long term. Event planning was something that I was always interested in doing, so I decided to go for it. I was lucky to have one of those “friend of a friend of a friend” connections who was looking for an event planner. I had taken a summer internship that gave me a enough experience to be offered the job. They took a chance on me, and it ended up clicking. I always say that you either have the personality and passion to plan events, or you don’t. It turns out that I did, and I’ve been planning events ever since.
AP: I think that planning events is something I have always loved doing, even when I was little, I would plan my little sisters birthday parties. I officially got into the industry through a work-study program at my university working with the director of university events, and I haven’t stopped planning events since.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
DL: I hope to be seen as a value add by making clients’ lives easier and enhancing the attendee experience at their events with my knowledge, strategy, and organization.
AP: I am excited about the opportunity to travel and get to see and learn different markets as well as the opportunity to plan events internationally. I'm looking forward to learning the new challenges and bring my expertise to a new market.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
DL: I love this industry because it is always innovating and changing. We live in an experience economy, so offering just a typical experience to attendees isn’t enough anymore. The challenge to always evolve, push the envelope, and offer something unique is exciting.
AP: What I love about the meeting industry is that you are always thinking three steps (if not 6) ahead to fulfill peoples wishes. It’s a great moment when you see happy clients and attendees at an event after often enduring many challenges to turn the event vision into a reality.