Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority manager named MPI Rookie of the Year

Jené Iceberg, regional meetings manager for Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA), was recently named Rookie of the Year by the Washington State chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

The annual award honors an MPI member who has made exceptional contributions to the chapter in his or her first year of membership. Qualified members are nominated by their peers, and the award recipient is ultimately chosen by a committee.

Earlier this year, Iceberg was honored with MPI’s Shining Star award by the Washington State chapter for her outstanding volunteerism. She served as the chair for the chapter’s annual auction, successfully coordinating a team of volunteers to execute the well-received event.

“We are thrilled that Jené continues to be been recognized for her achievements as a vital part of the Seattle Southside tourism team,” Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of Seattle Southside RTA, said in a media release. “Jené’s forward-thinking ideas and perspectives have an incredible impact on the vibrancy of the region and benefit both our key stakeholders and the groups that we have the pleasure to host and serve throughout the year.”

In her one-and-a-half-year tenure with Seattle Southside, Iceberg has focused on bringing meeting and event planners to the area, as well as educating industry professionals on the services a destination marketing organization can provide. She works closely with many local industry associations, and she volunteers her time to various committees. Iceberg is working to obtain her Certified Meeting Professional certification and her Professional in Destination Management certificate. She is also a founding board member of the Seattle chapter of Young Travel Professionals and is rebuilding the group in order to focus on providing opportunities for industry professionals to develop their careers, network and continue influencing the travel industry.

The Seattle Southside RTA is the official destination marketing organization for south Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and for meeting and event planners to hold events. Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines.

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