Membership Spotlight

Planner Member:

  1. Name: Tiffany Maestas, CGMP
  2. Company you work for: Colorado Dept. of Human Services/Division of Youth Services
  3. Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share: Single
  4. Children and/or pets or both: 26 year old daughter, Saundra is an Intake Social Work for Denver County.  20 year old son, Diego is a Junior at the University of Northern Colorado studying Finance.  9 year old fur child, Sassy is the Queen of our fur tribe and lives with Diego in Greeley.  8 year old fur child, Daisy was rescued in May, 2014 from an organization out of Texas and is the ultimate cuddle bug.  5 year old grand puppy, Princess was rescued in February, 2015 from Maxfund. She had a rough start to life as she was found only weeks old suffering from Parvo underneath outdoor stairs of an apartment complex. She is forever safe and loved with us now.
  5.  A little bit about where you grew up: Proud to be a Colorado Native, born in Littleton and grew up in Evergreen.
  6. Favorite vacation spot: Home! We live in Eagle, CO and love it. However, for vacation we love to visit my youngest sister in Northern Norway.
  7. Thoughts regarding the industry: It is where I’m meant to be. A college aptitude test led me to this industry and it’s fascinating to see how it has evolved. From taking manual credit card carbon copies at check-in to now the intense security behind exchanging credit card data for example. Marriott has done an excellent job staying ahead of the trends and being the industry leader in best practices.
  8. What makes you happy? My family. Nothing is better than family cuddle time in bed on a Saturday morning when it’s snowing outside. Other than my youngest sister, all our immediate family lives in Colorado so we are fortunate to be able to see them all often. However, I’m always happy when we have a good Denver Bronco, Colorado Avalanche or Colorado State WIN.
  9. What do you like about SGMP? The education holds me accountable for my professional development and networking with like minded individuals has helped me grown. Also, the opportunity to get my CGMP at the 2019 National Educational Conference has been incredibly valuable to me.
  10. What do you like most about being a planner/supplier? It’s FUN!!! Yes, it’s stressful, time consuming and intense. However, connecting with customers to ensure their programs are executed appropriately and seeing it through fruition is unbelievably rewarding.

Planner Member:

  1. Name: Marina Borysov
  2. Company you work for: Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management, Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety.
  3. Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share: Married with two kiddos: ages 6 & 2
  4. A little bit about where you grew up: I was born in the far Eastern part of Russia, but I grew up in Ukraine. My family moved to Denver, CO in the late 90s when I was a teenager.
  5. Favorite vacation spot: Mexico for the paradise beaches and the most hard working people and Europe for its rich history.
  6. Thoughts regarding the industry: The industry of event planning is evolving on so many levels. The planners are always trying to go above and beyond with often times limited resources they have. Meanwhile, the suppliers do their best to impress their clients with a variety of innovative approaches to meet those needs.
  7. What makes you happy? Healthy children everywhere, kind people, open-mindedness, human connection, and joyous experiences.
  8. What do you like about SGMP?  I’ve only become a member recently, but the resourcefulness of the people that I’ve met so far has been helpful to me in my work.
  9. What do you like most about being a planner/supplier?  I’m a planner and I love that I can connect with suppliers on a more personal level: actually get to know them and their venues and services.