Our latest recipient spotlight of the IAVM Foundation’s inaugural class of 30|UNDER|30 is Dani Cole, sales manager at the Tacoma Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Washington.
“We’re in an industry where there are always new trends, new technology, and new expectations that the clients are bringing us,” Cole said when asked what she feels is necessary for future success in the venue management industry. “It is imperative that we are continuing to educate ourselves, that we aren’t allowing ourselves to become complacent or stale, that we are always learning what all these new trends are so that we can create new and exciting experiences every time someone walks in our door. If we can do this, I know that we will stay relevant, we will be competitive, and that we will be remembered.”
One of the benefits of being named a 30|UNDER|30 recipient is a full complimentary registration to VenueConnect in Baltimore. However, Cole will not be able to attend because her two-year-old daughter, Emmy, was recently diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.
Cole created a CaringBridge page to help friends and family stay up-to-date on Emmy.
“If you would like to leave words of encouragement for Emmy or the family on social media please tag #TeamEmmyCole so that when she grows up and looks back at this time in her life she can easily find your messages online,” Cole wrote the page. “Many people have asked how they can help our family, here are two sites that that have been setup by loved ones. If you would like to make a monetary donation please visit http://www.gofundme.com/teamemmycole, or if you would like to provide a meal please visit http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=HSMZ2586.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cole family and for Emmy’s health.