I grew up in a very small rural town in Connecticut, where I think cows outnumbered people. The
meeting industry has allowed me to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life. It has
shaped the adult I have become and has allowed me to experience things that, as I kid, I don’t think I
would have even dreamed were possible.
Sometimes people see something in you that you may not notice in yourself. I had someone like
that while I was studying hotel/restaurant management at Johnson & Wales University. I was working at a local hotel as a front desk supervisor when the general manager stopped at the front desk to
speak to me about my career goals. He noticed how I interacted with guests and thought that I had the
potential to do very well in sales. He provided me with some amazing career advice and had me assist
in the sales department. I truly believe that without his push I would have never even thought to go in
the direction of sales, and my life would be very different.
When I started at Caesars Entertainment as a national sales manager selling Atlantic City, N.J., I
was brought on to speci;ically bring business from New England. The New England market historically
did little to no business in AC, and I knew that I had an uphill battle. I think I may have even underestimated what I would need to do to be successful. It was tough, but in the end all of the hard work paid
off. This past September, at our National Sales Meeting, I was inducted into the Emperor’s Club, which
is for the top 14 sales professionals in our company.
Atlantic City has become a city that I truly love, and I am excited to see it grow as a destination for
meetings. I am beyond excited to showcase the city I love to my fellow industry professionals at the
2016 MPI World Education Congress (WEC), June 11-14 at the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.
I joined MPI as a way to network with other industry professionals, but I have gained so much more
out of my membership. MPI has allowed me to become a better meeting/sales professional through
the amazing education it provides, and given me the opportunity to talk to other industry professionals and understand what is impacting their jobs. The ability to connect with other professionals about
what we are seeing in our industry is priceless.
I think the biggest challenge most of us have is to learn to stop and listen. So often we want to just
solve the problem or give a solution. When you truly listen to clients or employees is when you really
understand their needs.
Outside of my career, my passion and the reason why I am so driven to succeed is my family. I receive so much love and support from my husband, our two
amazing boys, my parents and my in-laws. I strive to always make them proud
MPI CONNEC TICU T RIVER VALLEY CHAPTER
Lacee Colwell is a national
sales manager for Caesars
Meetings & Events. She has been
an MPI member since 2013.
Photo by Orange Photography