Lisa Boon, of Springfield, MO, is the Event Planning Manager for Retail Confectioners International (RCI) - a trade association representing chocolate and candy makers. She began her time at RCI as a summer intern in 2009 while completing a degree in Entertainment Management from Missouri State University. In March 2011, Lisa was hired as the Office and Member Services Manager at RCI, working to maintain member relationships and organizing event registration and logistics. She became Event Planning Manager in July 2012 and now also conducts site visits, negotiates hotel contracts and develops budgets for association events. Lisa is a member of ASAE and PCMA and is working towards completing her CMP designation.
8:25 am: Review event task lists on Trello.com.
8:30 am: Process payments for all membership renewals.
9:00 am: Register attendees for Chocolate Boot Camp.
10:00 am: Discuss Annual Convention education programming with Education Committee Chair.
10:30 am: Review all expenses for RCI’s Winter Getaway held in Barbados (January 2014).
11:00 am: Call the Barbados Hilton Resort to confirm event program, room set-ups and final food and beverage guarantees.
11:30 am: Email other event venues in Barbados final guarantees for lunches.
12:00 pm: Lunch at desk while reading some more industry news. Thanks to my health-focused husband for packing me an awesome lunch today - ham, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans!
12:10 pm: Back to work - Organize our Barbados event binder so all event details will be easily understood for our Executive Director, who is also the onsite contact for this event.
12:20 pm: Assist with importing event registration and dues payments into our accounting software.
1:00 pm: Close online registration for Barbados Winter Getaway.
1:15 pm: Call potential expo decorator companies for our 2015 Annual Convention to be held in New York City. Ask specific questions about refrigerated storage and labor costs outlined in proposals.
1:45 pm: Review task lists on Trello.com.
1:50 pm: Complete editing on our 2014 Annual Convention promo video.
2:45 pm: Break to eat some dark chocolate.
2:50 pm: Upload 2014 Annual Convention promo video to YouTube and embed on our website.
3:40 pm: Research ideas for new promotional products for our 2014 Annual Convention.
4:00 pm: Head home for the day.
Evening: Spend time with my husband and work on some DIY projects around the house.