Tell us a little about what a Controller does at Traverse City Tourism.
As Controller, I handle all financial aspects of the organization. In addition to finance, I also manage IT and CRM administration, so I am very busy. My job is both rewarding and stressful at the same time, but I really enjoy and look forward to coming to work.
What did you do before Traverse City Tourism?
Before coming to work at Traverse City Tourism, I worked for Lake Superior State University at their satellite campuses in Traverse City and Petoskey as an adjunct accounting faculty member and assistant to the director of both of those programs.
What do you love the most about working for Traverse City Tourism?
I love promoting this beautiful area that I am fortunate to call home and honored to be a part of an organization that plays a crucial role as an economic catalyst to the region. Every day is different. Every year is different. Overall, it is both fun and rewarding.
What attractions, destinations, restaurants, etc. do you favor in Traverse City?
We have several favorite restaurants. To name just a few, Amical, Harrington’s by the Bay, The Cove in Leland, and Apache Trout Grill are on the list. All offer amazing food choices, friendly service, and a great atmosphere.
What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot and why?
Our favorite downtown lunch spot is North Peak Brewing Company. We always order their delicious cheddar ale soup with one of their many choices of great sandwiches or salads.
How you would you describe Traverse City to a first time visitor?
I would describe Traverse City as a charming four season resort town. It is the perfect place for a staycation, if you are fortunate enough to already live, work, and play here.
What is your perfect day in Traverse City?
My perfect day in Traverse City would be 80 degrees and sunny. I would go kayaking with a group of friends (and our dogs) down any one of the great paddling rivers available in our region.
If you could wish for a celebrity sighting on the streets of downtown Traverse City who would you want to see?
Blake Shelton, of course!
What is your favorite season in Northern Michigan?
I love all four seasons, but if I have to pick a favorite I guess it would be summer!
Describe a memorable Traverse City moment/experience…
I have many memorable experiences! Some of my best memories are tubing with my family and friends down the Platte River and having a cookout afterward at one of the awesome areas within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.