Janie McCullough Distinguished for Outstanding Contributions

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Colorado Meetings + Events Recognizes Industry Leader with Lifetime Achievement Award

Janie McCullough Distinguished for Outstanding Contributions

March 26, 2018, Colorado…  Colorado Meetings + Events presented it’s Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards and 2018 Hall of Fame inductees on Monday, March 12 at Denver Place.

Janie McCullough, Executive Director of Destination Colorado and owner of McCullough Marketing was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.  Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by industry peers and selected by the magazine’s editorial advisory board.

Janie McCullough: Making a Positive Impact on Colorado

Photo credit: Tate Carlson

Janie began her career in the tourism industry cleaning condominiums in Winter Park during college.  Upon graduation, she worked for the ski industry and Colorado Ski Country USA, working her way up to vice president of marketing for Ski Country.

Janie started her own company, McCullough Marketing, and Destination Colorado was among her first clients, launching a 20-plus year career in the meetings industry.  She also oversees the Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (CADMO) and the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC).

BEST THINGS ABOUT WORKING IN THE MEETINGS AND EVENTS INDUSTRY:

“I love the people in this industry. Many of them have become great friends of mine, and all of them have been true professionals who care deeply about what they do and who they represent. … Whether you run a DMO, work for a destination management company, represent a small meetings venue at a dude ranch or represent the Colorado Convention Center, our people all work together to promote Colorado.”

HOPES, DREAMS AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE:

McCullough hopes that the meetings market becomes more of a priority with state tourism offices, the focus on planning experiential meetings continues, and natural amenities in destinations are utilized by groups. “I really hope that meetings involve a ton of face-to-face interaction in very creative ways.”

ADVICE FOR PEOPLE NEW TO THE MEETINGS AND EVENTS INDUSTRY:

“Get to know as many people as possible and network! Look for industry events that you can attend, and find one or two really good mentors that can help with introductions.”

WAYS THE INDUSTRY HAS EVOLVED:

“Meetings have become more inspirational and fun. Colorado is incorporating its natural resources into experiential meeting value” says McCullough. Sustainable meetings and team-building continue to evolve, she says, along with charitable tie-ins and community service.

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The full article and list of winners can be found here.  For media inquiries, please contact stacy.daeffler@destinationcolorado.com.