• Plano Centre’s Jessica Marbut Earns Certified Meeting Professional Credential

    POSTED August 30, 2016

The Convention Industry Council established the CMP program in 1985 to provide member organizations a platform to exchange information on global trends and promote excellence in the industry. It is recognized as the mark of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry. Qualifications for the certification are based on professional experience, education and a challenging exam.

“Jessica exemplifies all that the Certified Meeting Professional credential stands for,” says Mark Jarrell, Plano Centre general manager. “The competence and value she brings to her work not only helps bring meetings and events to Plano Centre, but also raises the bar for our industry as a whole.”

An alumnus of Texas A&M University, Marbut holds a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, park and tourism sciences with an emphasis in tourism management. Marbut has worked a range of jobs throughout her professional history. She served as the catering sales manager at the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, Calif., and as the event coordinator at Lincoln Military Housing in San Diego.

Marbut serves on the Education & Events Committee of Meeting Professionals International. She is also on the Networking Committee of the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives and received a Star Award for her role in coordinating a recent networking event.

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