GLOBAL VILLAGE: YOUNG TALENTS Q&A

1. Who are you?
My name is Olja Zvizdic and I am from Serbia. I live in Houston, Texas, USA and I hunt alligators for a living. Just kidding! I work for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Department of International sales.

2. What is your favourite meetings brand?
There are many – MPI, Successful Meetings… However, the EIAT conference is where my ‘engagement’ with the meeting industry started. And that’s where I got my first job too. The most exciting one and the one that I am the most proud of!

3. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve decided to experience the meeting industry of the other continents, so I moved to Asia, Qatar, alone, without knowing anyone there. After a while, I did the same thing again – I came to the United States, Houston where I now am.

4. What’s your alternative career fantasy?
Photography. I was always impressed with the fact that photography is able to capture one moment in time and through that one moment tell the story of an entire life. It gives you an opportunity to always keep close people and things you love disregarding how far away they are.

5. What are you obsessed with at the moment?
I am trying to bring more meetings from Europe to Houston. Nevertheless, I am blending my hospitality sales knowledge with the sales tools we are using in the Convention Bureau in order to make outstanding results. I am looking forward to participating in IMEX Las Vegas this October.

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