Gary Crockett, CMP, is managing director at BRANAE in Huntsville, Alabama. As a 2019 Memory Maker, Crockett discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I do: I’m responsible for site selection, hospitality contracts, technology and event production for meetings worldwide. This includes corporate meetings, government, MICE, board meetings, conventions, retreats and faith-based conferences. I also contract entertainment for these events, including speakers and celebrity guests.
How I got here: In 1990, I was brought in to assist with some technical and logistical issues at a meeting with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Due to the solutions I delivered, we were able to make that meeting an overall success. I was asked to assist in many other meetings in the organization in addition to meetings outside the organization with my peers.
Event I am proud of helping produce: I am most proud of being one of the organizers of the United Youth Congress where I was responsible for entertainment and attendee engagement. This meeting has had more than 40,000 attendees in some locations. Attention to detail and prior planning allowed us to overcome issues and leave a lasting legacy for our youth and adult attendees to follow.