Amy M. Pettigrew, MPA, CMP, 38, works in Washington, D.C., as a meeting planner for the National Governors Association. As a 2019 40 Under 40 honoree, Pettigrew discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: Our NGA Meetings division plans and executes more than 100 meetings per year. What I do includes the premeeting phase of sourcing, negotiating, contracting, setting up registration websites, managing registration, hotels and other logistics. I also travel on-site to these meetings, typically as the only planner on-site, and ensure that all plans are implemented accordingly to provide attendees with a seamless experience that’s enjoyable and highly rated. I also ensure that the meeting is closed properly with accounting and other divisions.
How I got here: After eight years with the United States Tennis Association, where my role grew from managing registration to managing/implementing its annual awards banquets, my position was relocated to Florida and my husband and I decided not to relocate. I then decided that I would pursue a career that was totally focused on meeting/event planning, which led me to where I am now, including receiving my CMP in 2017.
Greatest career accomplishment: I am most proud of the awards banquets that I organized and implemented for the USTA. These award banquets were not only well-attended, but were something attendees looked forward to each year honoring many amazing individuals. Some were well-recognized tennis names, but the awardees that made the events even more special were the local awardees who were making a difference by exposing kids in underprivileged communities to tennis, or the 90-year-old tennis players who were, not only, still winning their matches, but had amazing stories to share, or the wheelchair tennis players who were focused on their abilities instead of disabilities.
Impressive stats: Four of NGA’s 2018 meetings were at least 10 percent under budget. I consistently negotiate F&B minimums and AV costs that are 25 to 40 percent less that initial proposed costs. I also grew a conference housing operation at Teachers College, Columbia University, by 30 percent.
What I do outside of work: I play in the D.C.-area industry ladies golf league, Time for Nine. I also enjoy running, playing flag football, watching sports (basketball, football and tennis are favorites), exploring restaurants and wineries/breweries, and travelling.