We are honored to announce that our very own Mary Dearborn, has been inducted into the 2016 Biz Bash Hall of Fame! If you are unfamiliar with BizBash, they are North America’s #1 source of ideas, news, and resources for special events and meeting professionals. Each month nearly 200,000 unique users look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event! Today, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Mary will be recognized as one of the five most influential executives who have helped shape today’s event industry.
Mary is a 29-year veteran of Restaurant Associates, managing a sales team of 30 sales professionals, overseeing all sales and marketing initiatives, training programs and communication protocols. Some of Mary’s greatest strengths are her people skills and strong client relationships. Mary always goes above and beyond exceeding both client and colleague expectations. Everyone is as important as the next and she truly bases her success on these attributes. Anyone who has ever worked with her or has been trained by her will tell you the same thing- she is amazing at what she does. Mary has always traveled in the name of good food: after earning a Grand Diploma from the esteemed Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, she toured with French chefs from the school, organizing classes and demonstrations and translating them into English. As CxRA’s VP of Catering Sales, she founded the central catering sales team and staffing services department and led hospitality catering for the US Tennis Open and several PGA tours.
Standing by her side, also being honored is the one and only David Stark, The Late Thom Casadonte, Gary Pagano and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Please join us in celebrating Mary and the rest of the honorees as we look up to each and every one of them as they help us expand and move forward with our companies, careers and growing industry.