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Setting the Pace: Q&A with Mac Campbell

Sep 14, 2017

Established in 2012, the Pacesetter Awards recognize the valuable contributions individuals are making to impact the events industry today as well as charting the course for a thriving future. The 2017 Pacesetter award winners are recognized for their contributions for innovation, sustainability and as a young professional in the events industry.

Three Pacesetter award winners will be recognized at the 2017 Hall of Leaders awards gala on October 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, during IMEX America. Over the past few weeks, we have conducted a Q&A with each to uncover the path they took and the future direction of their career. 

Read the previous two Q&As—Dan Berger and Guy Bigwood

This week we conclude our three-part Q&A series with the Pacesetter for Young Professional – Mac Campbell, Deputy Director, Baltimore Convention Center.

Events Industry Council: You continue to set an example of how event planners can have a positive influence on the community around them — what are the factors that led you down this path?

Campbell: My first job in venue management was at a non-profit. I was “wired” early that serving the community is an essential part of a rewarding career. When I joined the Baltimore Convention Center, I looked at the opportunity here no differently. We serve the community in which we are located and provide economic stimulus via our events but it does not have to stop there. Our staff has amazing talents that can be lent to local charities during our down time. Our clients leave behind materials and allow us to donate them to local groups in need. Annually we raise money for the United Way through any number of donation drives. 

Selfishly, I like to feel good. Helping our city not only accomplishes that, but it makes our team even more proud to do what we do, day in and day out. It’s a win for everyone involved.

Events Industry Council: What advice would you give to young professionals either looking to enter this industry or elevate their contributions to this industry?

Campbell: Continue to put yourself in positions to say “yes” to people. You never know when that will pay off for you. Stay positive even when you have to say “no” to someone by always offering an alternative. Network every opportunity you get. I compare a career to a game of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in that you want to have as many solid lifelines as you can. When you’re in a bind you’ll have the expertise of the best. Surround yourself with a team that is better than you in areas that you wish to improve on. 

Events Industry Council: Describe what Events Industry Council has meant to your career and what it is like to be named a Pacesetter.  

Campbell: I admire my boss Peggy Daidakis for her tenured career in our industry. When she was inducted into the Hall of Leaders, I saw how much that meant to her. It woke me up to the influence and impact that the Events Industry Council has on our industry and I paid started paying closer attention. Its resources and advocacy has been instrumental in my Convention Center career, especially in the area of sustainable meetings with its APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Certification.