• Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

As a part of this recognition, Kalfell will attend the 2017 PCMA’s Convening Leaders event in Austin, Texas, and the 2017 Education Conference in New York. She will also partner with an industry leader who will serve as a mentor.

Kalfell joined Visit Seattle as a conference service coordinator in January 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport management from the Rocky Mountain College and a master’s of sport administration and leadership from Seattle University.

“Tessa brings a tremendous insight and spirit to her role as convention services manager,” says Katy Willis, director, convention services, Visit Seattle. “We are so fortunate to have her as a member of our team that goes above and beyond to ensure our customers’ needs and expectations are met every step of the way. We couldn’t be more proud of Tessa’s achievement.”

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