Jessica Cote, 27, works in Auburn Mills, Michigan, as corporate meeting planner at Volkswagen Group of America (contracted by HRG North America). As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Cote discusses her passion for the events industry.
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What I do: Although each day is different and provides its own set of new challenges, in a nutshell, I plan the logistics from start to finish of whatever unique program comes my way. And I get to travel!
How I got here: I was fresh out of college and heard through the grapevine (my aunt used to work here) that HRG had an open intern position in the travel, meetings and events department. Although I was looking for a full-time position, this seemed like an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I came in to interview for the intern position, but based on my qualifications, they suggested I apply for the open meeting coordinator position instead. I got the job and was promoted to corporate meeting planner a couple of years later.
My greatest career accomplishment: It would have to be planning the Audi Service & Parts Conference in Austin, Texas, in February 2016. It was my largest program to date—1,000 people—and man, was it fun to see it come to life.