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Jason Bastow

By: MPI Georgia | Oct 9, 2018

Jason Bastow   

Jason Bastow
Senior Event Planning Manager
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Member since 2016 

 Hyatt Regency

Have you met Jason? He’s a busy guy this fall. He became a parent this summer and is juggling a busy hotel job along with organizing the upcoming Fall Classic Golf and Bocce Tournament. As a senior manager at Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Jason handles about 20 large-scale programs each year contributing approximately 10 million in revenue to the hotel. Additionally, he oversees the event technology team and mentors new managers.

What’s your MPI connection? I have always been connected to MPI in a few different ways. First, I was part of the Southeast Florida chapter, and I have handled several MPI programs while serving in the capacity as an event manager at Hyatt Hotels. It took me awhile, but I finally joined the Georgia chapter after realizing I was missing an important component of my career – a business connection with similar industry professionals.

Tell us about your current chapter activities? I like to stay busy and involved.  When I joined the Georgia chapter, I wanted to immediately jump on a committee and start networking. I first helped out with the 2017 Phoenix Awards and then jumped over to work with the Fall Classic committee. Following that event I was asked if I would consider chairing the 2018 tournament.  Of course I said yes. 

Rookie Career Mistake: Pre-setting dinner salads topped with onions and blue cheese. Open those ballroom doors... 

Best Practice: Take a breath – this isn’t rocket science. Stay humble. Take time to get to know the people you work with on a personal level.

Next Work Destination: Maybe the new hotel opening next to the Georgia World Congress Center. Wink, wink.

Next Vacation Destination: New York. And my dream vacation would be Alaska.

How would your co-workers best describe you? He is always willing to mentor others, share knowledge, and get to know you on a personal level.

What is your biggest pet peeve? People not washing their hands after leaving the restroom.

When I’m not in the office: I enjoy hanging out with friends, enjoying a beverage or two, and watching football (Go Gators). I am very passionate about the outdoors, whether it be hiking in the area, on a boat in the lake fishing, in the Chattahoochee fly-fishing, or hunting deep in the Georgia wilderness.

If I wasn’t in the hospitality industry: I might be an engineer… All of the males in my family are engineers. After two years in college I realized it wasn’t the right fit. Perhaps it was the midnight study sessions in the physics lab.

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