Rachel Bandarenko works in New York City as director of business development at INVNT. As a 2019 15 Over 50 honoree, Bandarenko discusses her passion for the events industry.
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What I do:
II partner with clients to ensure that their meetings and events reflect their vision and strategic goals, while creating goose-bump moments and memorable experiences for attendees.
How I got here:
I’m a late bloomer. I began my career in the meetings and events industry at the age of 44 after a prolonged stint as a stay-at-home mom. My first gig back in 2012 was at an entertainment start-up in New York City, where I launched the corporate events division. From there, I moved into the global meeting and events industry and NYC destination management. I currently find myself at an incredible live events agency.
Greatest career accomplishment:
Clients consistently tell me that my events are their all-time favorite events/meetings. And I love that! It’s so important to me, not only that the attendees enjoy their experience, but that the planners I partner with also have an incredible experience. It’s my job to make the planner the hero of their event.
I’ve created two divisions at two separate companies from scratch, and both generated multimillion-dollar revenue within the first two years of launching.
What I am working on now:
I have a number of national sales meetings on tap for 2019. Say I’m crazy, but I love producing sales meetings
What I do outside of work:
I love an old-school dinner party! I love planning them and attending them.