2017 Tourism Personnel of the Year: Brian Hatchitt
Director of Sales and Marketing
Albuquerque Convention Center
What was your first job in the hospitality industry?
What has been the highlight of your career?
My whole career has been a series of oops, oh crap, what the...?, and "I shouldn't have said that..." But this industry and the people I have had the pleasure to meet, work with, serve and learn from have hands-down been, and continue to be, the highlight of my career. I get to love what I do and who I work with.
What is one thing you would tell young people entering the hospitality business?
Take it seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously. We make major things happen in the communities we serve, but we should have fun doing it. Listen, absorb, be patient, and remember that you are in the business of making lifelong memories for people.
What are your favorite places to visit in New Mexico?
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