Rachael Antonucci, 26, works in Arlington Heights, Illinois, as a meeting services specialist for American Society of Anesthesiologists. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Antonucci discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: I handle coordinating and executing vendor services for an annual meeting with 13,000 attendees. This includes registration, temporary staffing services, housing concessions and the tour program. Additionally, I contribute to meeting planning for ASA’s other educational and administrative events.
How I got here: While studying at Illinois State University, I fell in love with event coordination while enrolled in a career class that highlighted the industry. I pursued every opportunity that could provide event experience before landing my current job, including working on festivals, car shows and as a registration vendor serving trade shows with 90,000 attendees.
Impressive stats: I managed an increased need for temporary staffing at the Anesthesiology annual meeting with over 150 staffing positions. Despite the increase in staffing, I restructured the schedule to decrease costs by $9,000 without impacting the meeting experience.
A specific improvement I’ve made: This year I am updating the processes for uploading program content to our annual meeting website. What once was a manual effort will now be a data sync, which will save time and reduce human error.
What I’m working on: I’m incredibly excited to modernize the meetings ASA is hosting this year, with the introduction of a full-color plastic badge and a virtual bag.
What I do outside of work: Currently I’m acquiring continuing education hours toward the CMP, which I plan to take later this year.