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 39 The AWARDS Issue! zation were able to effectively use the clues to find the treasure, while enjoying the fashions and designs of the Roaring 20s," she said. "The winning team got two extra vacation days to be added to the current year or the next year. All runner ups got one extra vacation day." Challenges: Staying abreast of the latest risk management, emergency preparedness and travel restrictions in a changing global econ- omy. Solutions: "I constantly educate myself about the different options that are available and how they would work for each client. I also work with other industry professionals to bring awareness and training. Additionally, I have created videos, blog posts and interactive media to help clients understand and appreciate the need for solid planning in these areas." Rewards: "I love the planning, the commu- nicating with vendors, speakers and sponsors, the creative aspects, the cyclical nature of the job. I love that it involves finance, human resources, international affairs, logistics, and other disciplines. I am an expert planner, but have competency in other areas as well. I enjoy seeing participants engage in our clients' meeting activities, make new con- nections and grow professionally because of educational content provided at the meetings. It makes the late nights, early mornings, and stress all worth it." Advice: "What I have learned during my career is that technology and trends change, but the service you give to your clients, colleagues and staff is what will be remembered. Also, be kind, generous and lead with grace." SUZANNE POWELL President Utility Technology Association Clermont, Georgia 15 Years In The Business Long-Term Relationships Help Overcome Last-Minute Changes Among Suzanne Powell's many roles as president of the Utility Technol- ogy Association, is the responsibility of planning two major educational events for the 501c(6) non-profit organization, which is dedicated to providing high quality, practical and compre- hensive training designed for the electric utility industry. Each year, she plans and coordinates the Southeastern Meter School and Conference in March and the Southeastern Distribution Ap- paratus School and Conference in September, both held at The Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. "The annual Southeastern Distribution Appa- ratus School and Conference was not only the most interesting event this year but also ►

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