During my 12 years at Yakima Valley Tourism, I have immersed myself in hospitality industry associations/organizations such as WSAE, MPI and SGMP. Having the opportunity to serve on boards for WSAE and SGMP, has really allowed me to understand the hospitality industry from all angles. Native to the Yakima Valley, I have continued to be involved in my community in organizations like the Junior League of Yakima and currently sit on the board for YWCA Yakima. My focus is primarily government groups and business trade associations.
I attribute much of my success to working with a very supportive YVT and Sales Team, not to mention having such a great ‘product’ to sell! After receiving my History degree from Central Washington University, I taught elementary school for 3 years and coached softball at Yakima Valley Community College. I have gained the respect of my colleagues and clients through my ‘can do’ attitude, taking the time to get to know my clients’ needs and, of course, my knowledge of the Yakima Valley.
Since I joined the sales team at Yakima Valley Tourism in January of 2009, I have truly enjoyed my first opportunity to work in the tourism industry. My market segments focus on religious and fraternal organizations. Previously, I worked as a manufacturing planner, as well as in customer service and sales, for nearly 18 years. The aspect of planning, organizing, servicing, and keeping customers happy comes naturally. The diversity of my experience has me prepared to know that almost anything can happen, and more importantly, there is always a good solution!
Having recently moved to the Yakima Valley from the mid-west, we were welcomed with friendship and hospitality beyond our expectations. My husband is a pilot, and we are both passionate about aviation. We are also avid scuba divers, love the outdoors, and enjoy the diverse wildlife and amazing scenery. My personal experience of living and working here has created such enthusiasm, that I can easily and confidently tell my customers that the Yakima Valley is the best place to be!