I began my career in hospitality in college when I was hired as one of two Assistant Conference Coordinators at UCSB. When I first read the ad I knew I wanted the job. I mean I really wanted it, but, unfortunately I wasn't the only one who did. There were many qualified applicants, so I knew I needed to do something to help me stand out from the rest. As I thought about it, I remembered a little trick my mother taught me. When the interview was over, I filled out a hand-written thank you card right there and dropped it in the mail on my way to the car. I later learned that, after all the interviews, the hiring manager had only received one thank you note and because of that seemingly small act I was selected for one of the two coveted spots. Those five minutes and forty-two cents helped set the course for the next decade of my life. Upon graduation, what followed was a ten years career in hospitality. I started as an Event Manager at sea side resort in Santa Barbara but was quickly promoted. My tenure culminated as the Director of Events at the renowned Beverly Hilton. I loved everything about event management...right up until I didn’t.