Marti McCollough, CMP, Services Program Manager, Austin Convention Centertion Services
Hometown: Cedar Park, TX
University of Education: Texas A&M University
How long have you been an IAEE member? 15 Years
IAEE Chapter: Central Texas Chapter
How did you start your career in this industry?
I luckily stumbled into this industry via an internship at National Instruments (NI)-a software Engineering Company based in Austin, TX. I landed in their Events Department helping the team with tradeshows, seminars, and their Annual Conference-NIWeek. I instantly fell in love and was energized by the work I was doing and could not wait to start my professional career when I graduated! NI was gracious enough to extend a full time offer to me post-graduation and the rest is history!
How has IAEE shaped your career?
IAEE provides valuable resources and networking opportunities for its members. This industry is a family and IAEE provides a platform for us to stay connected with our industry family!
What advice would you give to a new member?
Put yourself out there, keep showing up and GET INVOLVED!
Fun fact about you – What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I traveled the country FULL TIME in an RV for 2 years!
What do you like most about your chapter?
The IAEE Central Texas Chapter is so welcoming! I love our members and love how active our chapter is with monthly meet-ups!
What would you say is the #1 IAEE member benefit?
Networking! It’s invaluable!