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Member Spotlight - February 2014
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Member Spotlight

Get to know our members. Every month we profile a different member who helps to make the GMIC community so unique. Explore the links below to learn more about our network of engaged Sustainability professionals.

Tiffany Hoembrecker
Associate Director, Convention Services

Why did you join GMIC? Denver hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC). The DNC challenged Denver to host the greenest political convention to date. I became actively involved in large team of people working to green the 2008 DNC. As a result, VISIT DENVER realized that we really needed someone to start focusing on our greening efforts both internally and externally. I volunteered to champion these efforts within our organization and became a GMIC member soon afterwards.

How long have you been a member?
I have been a member of GMIC for four years.

What is your greatest satisfaction in being a member of GMIC? (or what sets GMIC apart from other organizations you are a member of?)
I love that GMIC is a young organization and we are still creating our own rules. So many other industry organizations have become stale and the educational focus is often diminished. Although the sustainable movement has been around for years, our momentum is just getting started. Because GMIC is a global organization, you get fresh ideas from counterparts all around the world. I always leave the annual meeting rejuvenated and inspired to keep pushing the needle forward.

What is your sustainability philosophy? Every little bit helps. Whether it’s riding my bike to work, recycling or visiting the local farmers market, I try to do my part whenever I can.

How do you incorporate sustainability into your life and work?
I try both personally and professionally to lead by example whenever possible. Sustainability is often perceived as boring and a lot of work. Two years ago, I created an annual sustainability challenge in our office. All of the challenges center around education and/or healthy living. People are motivated by competition so I found a fun way to engage the entire office while also educating them about ways to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives.

What would you share with others just getting started incorporating sustainability or green practices into their works?
Incorporating sustainable practices into your work and/or personal life can feel overwhelming. Take it one day at a time. Don’t feel like you have to conquer everything at once. Sometimes taking that 1st step is the most difficult part. Once you’ve start to see results, it will continually build and start to become a new way of life.

What do your attendees/employees notice the most from your sustainability efforts? More than anything, I just try to be a resource. I don’t pretend to be an expert on sustainability but will do my best to assist whenever possible.

What do you need from the industry to continue to advance in the realm of sustainability? New sustainable products and ideas are introduced daily. Being the sustainable champion in my office isn’t my full time job; it’s completely volunteer. I do it because of my passion for the environment and our future. The most challenging thing for me is staying abreast of the latest trends. When my schedule permits, I join the GMIC monthly webinars and our GMIC Colorado events. Not all of the topics are relevant to my daily work but I can usually find one good take-away from each one.

Jeff Chase
Vice President, Freeman
December 2011

Brittin Witzenburg
Sustainability Coordinator, Oregon Convention Center
January 2012

Patrik Dyrendahl
GMIC Sweden Chapter President
February 2012

Rachel Clarke
Event Director, Rachel Clarke Events
March 2012

Julie Lindsey
Director, Corporate Events, Gap Inc.
April 2012

Katherine Manfredi
Sr. Dir., Event Management & CSR, Conference Partners Inc.
May 2012

Jaime Nack
President, Three Squares, Inc.
June 2012

Taryle Spain
Director of Client Services, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
July 2012

Gina Broel
Sr. Event Marketing Manager, Microsoft
August 2012

Judy Kucharuk
Green Meeting Specialist
Footprint Management Systems, Inc
September 2012

Allyson Wagner
Project Specialist
Meeting Consultants
October 2012

Jennifer Yu
Director of Global Sustainability
Las Vegas Sands
February 2014