Director of Meetings
Petra joins us from a life on the East Coast. She grew up in Westchester, New York and lived and worked in Boston as well as New York. She went to college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island for Hotel-Restaurant/Hospitality Management.
Petra has over 20 years of experience in meeting planning, the hotel industry, and destination management. She started her career as a Conference Manager for a conference center hotel in New York where she managed their corporate and association meetings accounts. From there she moved on to be the Meeting Manager for the Institute for International Research in New York City. After gaining experience in the orchestration and operation of meetings, Petra sought to gain valuable skills in the hotel industry by becoming the Senior Sales Manager for a Four Star hotel in Boston. In addition to sales management she was also in charge of merchandising and promotions. From hotel sales Petra moved into the Destination Management world working for Production Group International (PGI). As the National Sales Manager Petra was responsible for development of the company, creating project and event proposals and increasing customer base.
After experiencing the many facets of account management in the industry, Petra followed her passion for planning and joined Liberty Mutual as the Meeting Planner Specialist; where she spent several years planning on average 40 meetings annually.
Her passion for skiing, and the lure of the West, found her making the big move to Bozeman, Montana. The move, and lack of meeting jobs, found Petra back in the hotel industry where she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for a regional convention hotel. The yearning for her planning career, and desire for her bigger world to come back, brought Petra to Mountain Destinations and A Meeting By Design as the Director of Meetings. We are fortunate to have found such a perfect fit for our busy team. Petra brings a lot of organization, passion and skill to our company. She loves to work with different clients to make sure all their needs are exceeded and to see all the pieces come together.
In her free time you can find Petra on the mountain skiing the winter away with her loving husband and great friends. Petra also loves to travel and her favorite place to travel to has been Central America.