2016's 40 Under 40: Jennifer Blanes, CMP

Jennifer Blanes Conference Direct
Jennifer Blanes Conference DirectJennifer Blanes, CMP 36, Global Account Executive ConferenceDirect, Cape Coral, Fla. How she got here: While majoring in marketing in college, Blanes discovered a love for the hospitality industry. For 10 years, she held management roles in hotel operations. Prior to her conversion to the planning side, she was a reservations and revenue manager for a large convention hotel in Orlando, where she worked closely with sales and meeting planners for almost four years, which led to her move to ConferenceDirect. Bragging rights: She helps source and contract meetings domestically and internationally for a well-known jewelry company famous for its little blue box. Superstar stats: Over the last three years, Blanes has saved one client nearly $200,000.