Lindsay Buchanan, CMP, 33, works in Nashville as manager of meetings, association management and groups, at Travelink, American Express Travel. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Buchanan discusses her passion for the events industry.
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What I do: At Travelink, American Express Travel, I am the manager of three divisions, each providing customized services and knowledge for a variety of academic, corporate and nonprofit organizations. I help ensure a smooth workflow for each division.
How I got here: I took a job thinking it would be temporary until I could find a job in the audiovisual production industry. That job became four years and gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself by learning the Cvent online registration system. One day I found a position that listed Cvent as a requirement and I applied. I was offered the position exactly one week following dropping off my resume!
My greatest career accomplishment: During my tenure at Travelink, I earned my CMP and was one of the first to receive the Cvent Certified Event Management Professional designation. I was also honored to be nominated by my peers for the 2016 MPI Tennessee Chapter Planner of the Year.