Adam Martin, CMP, DES, 37
Meeting Manager, Online News Association
What I do:
I manage logistics and registration for ONA’s events and conferences. Due to the pandemic, I was forced to pivot my role to support and manage virtual events. I also produce smaller online interactive events and seminars.
How I got here:
I have held several positions in the business events industry. However, it wasn’t until I took a break from the business event space to take on a membership role that I realized how much I enjoyed the part I play in constructing events and interacting with my industry colleagues.
My greatest career accomplishment:
I led an inexperienced production team to produce my organization’s first virtual conference (because, you know, COVID). The event was two and a half weeks long and was a major success for us.
What are you working on right now:
I am looking forward to planning our first in-person event (since the pandemic began) in Philadelphia in fall 2021. It will be interesting to see how new event footprint options and possibilities will pan out for us.
What I do outside of work:
The pandemic really hampered extracurricular activities. However, I do enjoy going to the golf range and lounging with friends, and I do voiceover work in my spare time.
Favorite vacation destination:
I'm a sucker for all-inclusive resorts. My favorite so far has been the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. They even have their own private island!
Favorite icebreaker line:
One downside to living in D.C. is the often overused question “So, what do you do?” I simply switch it up to “What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?”