Hello, my name is Naomi Friedman, and I am the ASA’s newest meetings planner. As a member of the meetings department, I will be working on the annual JSM and planning additional conferences throughout the year. I am excited to be part of the team and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.
Although I grew up in the Washington, DC, area, I originally hail from New York (City) and consider myself a New Yorker at heart. I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in communications and recently earned my Certified Meeting Professional designation from the Convention Industry Council.
I’ve been in the meetings industry for several years, starting my career on the hotel side before making the shift to planning. Most recently, I was with the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, where I worked on meetings such as the HPBExpo—an annual trade show—and with their education program. Let’s face it, how can you go wrong with fireplaces and grills?
When not at work, I can usually be found spending time with my two crazy dogs, wandering around town, or planning my next trip with friends. In addition to making my way around the United States, I love collecting stamps on my passport. So far, they include the United Kingdom, France, Greece, Israel, Turkey, and Canada. I can’t wait to see where I will go next!
I look forward to meeting many of you at JSM in San Diego and this fall during H2R 2012 in New Orleans! If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.