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Member Spotlight Saira Banu Kianes

MS_ Saira Banu Kianes

By: MPINJ | Dec 22, 2021

Name: Saira Banu Kianes, CMP HMCC
Occupation: Global Meetings and Events Planner
Planner or Supplier: Planner
Current Employer: Banu Event Solutions & Training (B.E.S.T) LLC       
Member Since: 2001

How did you get your start in the industry?
As many of us did– by Luck 😊

How many years have you been in the industry?
30 years

What is your favorite thing about our industry?
The experience from each event you plan, the people you meet, the satisfaction of being part of something big, like saving lives (I plan Pharma and Medical Meetings)

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
There are many to choose from:
-Never assume
-Take a chance
-Ask questions
-Don’t take no for an answer.

What is the most memorable event you have planned or client experience you have had?
Women on Wall Street

If you were not in this industry, what would you be doing right now?
I might be a tour guide in Europe, kindergarten teacher or – why would I want to be in any other industry.. I LOVE my industry and this is where I will always be.

Where did you grow up?
Until 16 – India and then here in the US, in New Jersey

What is your favorite place to travel to and why?
Alaskaaaaaahhhhh the mountains, the beauty of nature, the people, oh just google it.. you will know!

What is your favorite book?
Good to Great by James Collins

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you?
My husband and best friend Luis, a water Bottle, and comfy shoes

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Lady Diana. We share a similar story except for her early death.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
Hmm, that’s a tough one.. definitely not a snake.. ugh.. I hate and am scared of those!

If you could live anywhere on this planet and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?
Alaska? Ireland? Portugal? But again, why would I want to leave USA - the land of opportunities.

Who would you like to be for a day?
I like me.. I just want to be me.

If you could invite one famous or noted person (past or present) to dinner who would you choose?
Lady Diana or Michael Jackson

Which three words describe you best?
Mom, Wife, Caretaker

What is your all-time favorite movie?
Pretty Woman duh!

Describe your perfect day off?
Hanging with my family, especially the kids.

What do you love about MPI NJ?
The community, the knowledge, the benefits, the people and their willingness to help each other.




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