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A Day in the Life: Conference and Travel Management

March 6, 2015 05:13 AM
[caption id="attachment_2657" align="alignnone" width="240"]Brett Barrowman, Conference and Travel Management Brett Barrowman, Conference and Travel Management[/caption] One of our current jobs openings is for a conference and travel services manager, so I sat down with our VP of conference and travel management to learn about his department and what they’re looking for in an ideal candidate. Brett Barrowman has worked at AFA for 27 years, most recently serving as a vice president responsible for overseeing logistics and strategies for programs and events for American Fidelity. Brett’s team works with Colleagues and executives to plan conferences, incentive trips and meetings. They also assist Colleagues with travel arrangements for various business trips. Their goal is to eliminate the anxiety and frustration of researching, planning and execution of conventions conferences, meetings and business travel for our Colleagues and affiliated companies. “A typical day for me when I’m in the office involves planning and developing current programs and looking three to four years down the road for future events. I spend a lot of time communicating with our clients and vendors,” said Brett. “When I’m on the road, typically I’m reviewing hotels and destination management companies, possibly up to 11 properties per week, which may be local in OKC, elsewhere in the U.S. or international.” Brett’s job, along with the manager position, completes a significant amount of travel, up to about 50 percent of the time. “It’s a demanding job but I love the travel I’ve been able to do even though it’s work and not a vacation and getting to interact with a lot of different people. Seeing the results of our hard work pay off in a successful program is rewarding.” For the current open position, candidates need operational knowledge of event planning functions and management. “I’m looking for someone with patience and who is future-oriented and think about what the Customer will want and what rates will be like down the road. This person needs strong conference management, customer service, communications, problem-solving and negotiation skills,” shares Brett. If that sounds like you, apply today! Looking for something else or want to learn about other areas in the Company? Check out our previous Day in the Life columns. &

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