Membership Spotlight – Meet Shelley and Brian-Douglas

Planner Member:

  1. Name:  Shelley Hamilton Bruer, CMM, CGMP
  2. Company you work for: Raytheon
  3. Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share: Married. And much to my husband’s dismay, with my 700+ pairs of shoes, he has very little closet space in our house. And, yes, all still fit except for one pair from junior high school, which is a size or two too small, with which I just cannot part. So there, they sit amongst all the shoe boxes. All are still in their shoe boxes, organized by color – it’s the meeting manager in me!
  4. Children and/or pets or both: We have the world’s most spoiled kitty – Gumba. He has nine beds about the house for his leisure and sun tanning. Gumba truly thinks of my husband and me as his personal housekeeping staff.
  5. A little bit about where you grew up: While I was born in Europe to military parents, we returned to the US when I was an infant…..sadly I have no memories of my brief European home. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area; but, home will now always be at 5,280’ in the Denver Metro Area.
  6. Favorite vacation spot: Everyone who knows me, or even just briefly just crossed paths with me, knows that I am Italian at heart. I have no Italian heritage; but, that does not stop my mind from longing to be both – American and Italian. Whenever time permits, my husband and I can be found lounging on a beautifully tile covered balcony, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, from Hotel La Bussola. It is a slice of Heaven on Earth.
  7. Thoughts regarding the industry: Looking back over my 20+ year career in the meetings and events milieu, I am astounded as to the breadth of the industry and how it has evolved. Events, at one time, were merely stand-alone offerings – not really a part of any strategic plan. There were big trade shows, large events and often endless budgets. Now, in the digital age with real budgets and immediate analytics, meetings and events are approached from a SMMP, a key element of an organization’s overall strategic marketing plan. We, in events, can now directly impact pipeline, targeted growth and customer education, to name just a few influencers. These evolutions have furthered my professional passions for meetings and events. We are no longer just the “party planners.” Event leaders are valued marketing partners with a seat at the table, rather than just setting it.
  8. What makes you happy? Happiness is a song, a smell or anything that triggers one of thousands of cherished memories of my late Mom. My Mom, my best friend, was taken a few years ago, far too soon. While I am not able to make new memories, I treasure our time together, all over the world – exploring colorful new cultures, meeting friendly people, eating much too much amazing food while always laughing our way across the globe. She gave me the gift and love of travel.
  9. What do you like about SGMP? SGMP is a valuable 360* resource for those who call government meetings their professional home. The association offers education in a manner that fits our busy schedules. The one hour webinar education series is a prime example – worthwhile content delivered by experts in their field in a time manageable format. Additionally, through SGMP I have been introduced to both suppliers and to other planners, many of whom I may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. Any meeting and event manager who wants to excel in this dynamic industry should always make time for education and for networking.
  10. What do you like most about being a planner/supplier? Over my two decades in the arena, I have always been on the planner side of the equation. Being a “Type A” personality, I thrive on the fast-paced, multifaceted nature of meetings and events. Taking an idea or concept through planning, execution and post mortem, provides me with a sense of professional pride and accomplishment. A very important element of that sentiment is to share the kudos with the team. It is important to always keep in mind that meetings and events are not about the event manager. They are about the team who supports the manager and, equally important, the attendee/customer, who experiences my hard work and that of the team.  That fluid and ever changing environment in which we work demands that we work hard; however, at the same time, we are fortunate to see some amazing places across the globe and work with even more fabulous partners. As far as I am concerned, meeting and event management is the only career for me; and, I cannot wait to see what the next two decades deliver!

Supplier Member:

    1. Name: Brian-Douglas Stanwood “BDS”
    2. Company you work for: Visit Aurora CVB
    3. Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share: Married to John Craig, my partner in crime and my best friend.
    4. Children and/or pets or both:  We have a 5-year-old daughter named Quinley Pippin Criag-Stanwood. The LOVE of our lives.  We have a chocolate lab named Kayden and a Norfolk Terrier that named Khaili.
    5.  A little bit about where you grew up: Mostly raised in Vermont on the Quebec border. Ever tried Poutine?  I am from the Boston and Vermont area in New England.
    6.  Favorite vacation spot:  Germany, Ireland and Vancouver (and always in New England).
    7.  Thoughts regarding the industry: This industry is simply amazing. The knowledge I have gained and the growth I have experienced personally and professionally amazes me. It is a forever changing industry that we need to keep in front of it at all times.
    8.  What makes you happy? Spending time with family and friends, cooking, being outside and hiking and traveling. Being parents is our ultimate joy.
    9.  What do you like about SGMP? I love that it was my first introduction into this amazing industry. The members are loyal and embrace each other. Great learning opportunities and great potential to learn more about this segment in our industry.
    10.  What do you like most about being a planner/supplier?   I spent short time on the planner side and very much enjoyed. Being at a CVB, I feel I am fortunate to be in the middle of a planner and supplier on the hotel side. I love having people experience something new in our backyard or if they are from another state/ area. I love that we are changing constantly and for this, we are never bored. I also that fact that I have been around for a while and can give back and mentor our incoming work force