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AMPs Member Spotlight

Alisha Waid, CM , Associated Luxury Hotels International

O ne of the many awesome benefits about being an AMPs member is that it introduces us to industry professionals who evolve into friends. I had the plea- sure of meeting Jennifer Howie when we were both single, carefree“Loews gals.”We all joke in our circles about how tran- sient the hospitality industry is, but it’s also really cool to see deserving friends grow and flourish both personally and pro- fessionally — and that often entails job moves.

Tell AMPs a bit about your new role: I’m thrilled to be repre- senting the fantastic collection of KSL Resorts! I’ll still be based in the DC area and look forward to sharing this wonderful group of hotels with everyone.

Work-life balance is tough in our industry. What do you do to relax in your spare time? I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, however, I’m also a massage addict!

Since we met 10 years ago, Jen and I both pursued and achieved national sales roles. Jennifer started a new job last month as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for KSL Resorts and will, thankfully, continue serving on the AMPs Board as a liaison to the Program Committee. Jennifer has a contagious laugh and is a macro-thinker. With both an awesome sense of humor and brains to match, she’s always a fun and reliable gal to run ideas by. Recently, we caught up and reflected on our AMPs membership and how it benefits suppliers and planners at any level in their career. Here’s what Jen had to say:

You’re a rising star! Has anyone mentored you? I’ve been very fortunate to have worked for some of the best in the in- dustry and I’ve absorbed a tremendous amount of information from each and every one of those talented and outstanding individuals.

Tell us something about you that most AMPs members would be surprised to learn about you! I’m a grandmother (through marriage only) and some of my family claims I started off my sales career through a bungee jumping experience. It’s a funny story I’ll share over cocktails only!

Why did you join AMPs? I joined for the great networking op- portunities and education offered, not to mention it’s afford- ability!

How has your AMPs membership supported you personal- ly and professionally? Professionally, it’s allowed me to build my client base and educate planners about the amazing hotels I’ve represented. Personally, I have made some lifelong friends through the organization that I might not have met otherwise.

So there you have it, AMPs pals, nuggets of wisdom from Jen- nifer Howie! I wish there had been libations during our ex- change, so I’d have more scoop to share on that bungee jump- ing experience... alas you get the gist.

Make the most of your AMPs experience and get to know as many members as you can. What you will discover is opportu- nity for growth and adventure. <

Community Service Committee Update

Jill Oxendine-Medley, CHSE, Loews Annapolis Hotel

A n o t h e r s e a s o n o f v o l u n t e e r i n g w i t h t h e C o m m u n i t y S e r v i c e C o m m i t t e e i s c o m i n g t o a c l o s e ! O u r f i n a l d i n n e r f o r t h e s e a s o n a t t h e C a r p e n t e r s S h e l t e r i s o n Thursday, June 30, 2011. If you are interested in donating an item for that evening’s dinner, please email me directly at jox- endine@loewshotels.com. Since we do not have a traditional meeting this month, the sign ups will be on a first come-first email basis for donations needed for the Taco Dinner menu.

Earl sends a very special thank you to all the AMPs members who fed him and for the additional 50/50 donations this year.

All of this makes a difference in the lives of the families we help at the shelter. A check will be presented to the Carpenter’s Shelter at the 4th Annual AMPs BBQ Event on June 15, 2011.

Finally, Helen Mesfin, Karen Staples and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you that have donated time, din- ner items, participants in the mini-walk, and holiday gift card donations. Participating in the committee and its efforts to help the community at large has been a wonderful experience and we all look forward to working together in the upcoming AMPs season. Have a wonderful summer! <

AMPs Newsletter • 10

  • June 2011

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