• Meet Nikki Bibbero, 2019 Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional

    POSTED March 25, 2019

    Colorado Meetings + Events is proud to introduce our 2019 Hall of Fame, made up of seven top-notch individuals who are positively impacting the meetings and events industry.

Nikki Bibbero, CMP

Meeting Architect, Kinsley Meetings


» Worked as a waitress and bartender, which prompted a hospitality management degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver

» Manager in training at Denver Marriott City Center, working with restaurants and banquets

» Accepted a job with Kinsley Meetings three years ago

» Earned the CMP designation and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate

» Director of recruitment for the MPIRMC Board of Directors and received chapter’s 2016-2017 Rising Star award

Best Things About Working in the Meetings and Events Industry
“As a planner we work for weeks, months and years doing all of the behind-the-scenes prep work and planning to get ready for one monumental event. Day in and day out it can seem that the final product will never come to fruition, but when it happens it’s a magical moment.”

Hopes, Dreams and Plans for the Future
“I want to continue surrounding myself with people and experiences that will push me, challenge me, and help me grow as a person and a planner. I am eager to work on the special events side of this industry, to work with large-scale clients and events, and to continue traveling throughout the world and country executing top-notch events.”

Advice for People New to the Industry
Her main tip is getting involved. “I owe a large portion of my success to my industry involvement, which has helped foster great connections and relationships that have gotten me where I am today.”

Ways the Industry Has Evolved
“People that attend events are always wanting to be wowed with cutting-edge ways to learn in a meeting or with neverbefore-seen décor and entertainment,” she says. “I think we will continue to try to stay at the top of the curve for technology, entertainment and design throughout all of our events, as that is what is in demand from attendees.

Denver native Keisha Makonese’s passion for planning events dates way back. Her latest gig as director of sales and corporate events at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum began nine years ago. In this role, Makonese helps oversee an average of 150 private events at Wings Over the Rockies each year, from making meetings for 20 people to annual dinners for 2,000 fun and interactive experiences.


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