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Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State University, Suzanne began her professional career in the hospitality industry where she honed her organizational and marketing skills. Managing a high performing Marriott property, she garnered several awards including Manager of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Hotel of the Year.

Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director for FFEA, Suzanne spent five years directing events for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. In her position there, she oversaw the production and execution of over 60 events per year, including the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. ArtiGras is one of the largest art festivals in the state of Florida and has been recognized as one of the top 50 art festivals in the U.S. and one of the top 20 events in the Southeastern U.S. During her time at the Chamber, their events earned several awards for advertising and organizational excellence.

As the CEO for FFEA Suzanne is responsible for all operational aspects of the organization, including membership growth, multimedia marketing, and event management. FFEA's 600 members represent the industry's top leaders and the Association serves as a resource to help them perform at their peak through education, networking and the cultivation of the highest standards. In her role with FFEA, Suzanne and her team visit events throughout the state of Florida and United States and they strive to connect, educate and advocate on behalf of FFEA's diverse membership.

She and her husband Jeff have recently relocated to the Orlando area with their two children Matthew and Elizabeth and are enjoying being closer to their family (and Mickey Mouse of course!).



We're pleased to introduce you to our newest team member, Priscila Maltes. Priscila is a student at the University of Florida and will be interning with us for this semester. She is majoring in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management and plans to graduate this Summer.

Priscila may be reaching out to you in the future regarding FFEA related projects so please help us welcome her to the FFEA Family. Priscila can be reached via email. We're thrilled to have her on our team!

What is your career goal upon graduation? To work in the events industry as an Event Manager (ideally being part of a leading hospitality group), preferably specializing on entertainment-related events (e.g. festivals, openings, concerts, brand experiences, etc.).

Tell us about an experience you had that made you want to learn more about the events industry. My last semester of college I had the opportunity to work with Always Eventful, a custom wedding and event planning company in Gainesville, FL. Weddings are what they specialize in. Therefore, that is mostly what I collaborated with. Prior to my first day, there were no set expectations. Weddings were not part of the career path I had envisioned. However, I was extremely surprised when I found myself enjoying every single one of them probably more than the guests themselves. But the reason behind my joy was watching others truly enjoy themselves as well and knowing that I played a part in making this possible for them. This is the definition of pure magic to me. As a result of this experience, I came to the realization that serving others through the creation of moments of pleasure and delight is where I find happiness and satisfaction. It was a confirmation that I will take great delight in what I’m choosing to dedicate my life to and that is priceless to me.

What are you most looking forward to in your FFEA internship? My overall goal with this internship is to get a well-rounded view of the industry. Being part of several committees will allow me to get hands-on experience on many different elements of the event planning process. I look forward to building a well-rounded background for myself and taking with me both technical skills that can be applied to future positions as well as some best practices and professional skills that will make it possible for me to bring my best self into any work environment. I want to continue taking steps out of my comfort zone, learn new ways of doing things, and build valuable relationships.

Best Book You Have Read: The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Best Advice you have ever received: If you’re serious about change, you have to go through uncomfortable situations.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S. Eliot

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