DEC 2017

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 31 The AWARDS Issue! 800.551.9546 | E S C A P E T H E H U S T L E & B U S T L E , A N D D I S C O V E R H O W BIG CITY OPTIONS & SMALL CITY CHARM G I V E Y O U R C O N F E R E N C E A L A S T I N G I M P R E S S I O N . unique tours authentic cuisine hundreds of ways to play students and their advisors, is the highlight of Terry Hamm's year. As director of TASC, she works with her staff to provide active engage- ment, exciting decorations, great speakers, and a rock show type of environment. Challenges: "I am a high school teacher and counselor turned meeting and events profes- sional. While I have been in this profession for seven years, I am still much better at asking, 'So, how do you feel about that?' than I am at managing food and beverage and A/V. We are a non-profit working with kids' money. We know our events are priced reasonably. How- ever, in these days of decreasing funding for schools, hurricane-impacted campuses, and challenges with fund raising, my challenge is to provide meaningful, engaging events at a price our councils can afford." Solutions: "I am blessed with strong ad- visor volunteers and talented students who contribute in meaningful ways. This year we are planning more actual attendee engage- ment to add to the excitement. Those ideas include a "StuCo's Got Talent" entertainment piece during our afternoon of registration, exhibits and campaigning. Our 19 TASC districts will each audition and select one student to perform during that time. We have provided a video which teaches a line dance and plan to try to break the Texas record for the largest number of people engaged in one line dance. Then we have a video which teaches a drum line routine and have invited every council attending to include a drummer who will learn the routine in advance. That massive drumline will be part of our opening excitement. In addition, our talented officers are developing social media scavenger hunts and competitions to involve more students individually in the conference. Finally, I work with David Groom and his production com- pany, Run." Rewards: "I love seeing an idea come to fruition! As a teacher and a counselor, I did not always see that 'finished product.' I also enjoy the people in the association and event planning profession. As a counselor, my job was about building connections and relation- ships. That is integral to meeting planning as well, and I appreciate the hoteliers, the other meeting planners, and the great folks in CVB's. "I am grateful for the people with whom I have had the privilege of working both within my association and within this pro- fession. Their willingness to share informa- tion, to mentor, and to support one another makes this job so very enjoyable and worth- while. The challenge and excitement is ter- rific, but the people are the best. I have also come to admire those who have been success- ful over many years. They manage stress so very well and are the epitome of good prob- lem solvers." ►

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