Brandi Tribell, CMP, 35, works in Okemos, Michigan, as director of operations and events at Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Tribell discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: My chief responsibility is to boost our association’s advocacy and lobbying efforts with state lawmakers and legislative staff in Lansing, local leaders throughout the state and our members. To do that, I manage and execute monthly board meetings, legislative events and other special gatherings. I also coordinate, from concept through implementation, annual conventions, one of which is outside of Michigan and sometimes outside of the country. I’m heading up site selection, contract negotiations, event budgets, registration, content, on-site management and logistics.
How I got here: I received my bachelor’s in public administration and public policy from Michigan State University. The political science program at MSU required an internship, which I completed at the Michigan House of Representatives. I continued to work there part time while finishing up my degree, and ultimately worked my way up to office manager and chief events coordinator for the speaker of the house before leaving in 2007 for MB&WWA.
My greatest career accomplishment: I received my CMP designation in 2013.