October 24, 2019
MPI After 5
Chapter Networking Event at The Family Jones Spirit House
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October 17, 2019
October Educational Luncheon
Life Not By My Choice-An Introductory Look at the Many Forms of Human Trafficking
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Volunteer of the Quarter – Brian-Douglas Stanwood



Brian-Douglas Stanwood

Group Sales Manager
Visit Aurora
2260 S. Xanadu Way Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80014


Tell us a little bit about your business/company and your current role within the organization.  
I work for Visit Aurora CVB and my current role is National Sales Manager. My current market is the Colorado Market along with touch-states and I will be moving into the South East Market shortly

Why did you want to become a volunteer for MPIRMC?
MPI has given me so much and I feel volunteering helps me continue to grow. It is also so much more than the organization itself, it is about working with our peers and making sure they are supported 

What were you hoping to get out of volunteering within MPIRMC? What have you gotten out of your volunteer role thus far?
Being a part of a bigger picture and giving back to an organization that has given so much to me. I enjoy seeing a project come together that a team has come together and accomplished and learning something new about myself and an appreciation for how much time goes into this organization 

What advice can you give a member that might be apprehensive to commit to a volunteer role within our organization?
To assess your ability to commit and to start out volunteering for something you have time for and do something that is out of your comfort zone as you will learn something new about our industry, about roles that you have never done before and mostly you learn something about yourself and others.

How did you get started in the industry?
I worked for a Non-Profit before entering into the hospitality industry in 1999/2000. I had a mentor in a leads group that saw something in me and coached me and taught me about the hospitality industry. My family owned a small-town business where service was already a part of who I was and am today.

Are there any mentors you distinctly remember who were supportive of your professional development?
Absolutely!!! Phyllis Meyer Truex was one of my first bosses in the hotel industry. She was a self-taught woman who managed to keep with the trends of sales and hospitality, however was old school in how you build relationships, taught her team about sales, was an example of how a leader should be and truly looked out for her team. She is still a friend to this day and a woman that I very much look up to.

What are three things you wish you knew as you were beginning your career?

  1. I wish I understood the ability to be patient as to how long it takes to build relationships and confidence.
  2. To have listened to my gut more and realized that no amount of education would replace the insight and common sense. I have learned to trust my own instincts and that any training I attend is meant as a guide line and a foundation.
  3. That the right work environment, team, leadership and continued happiness is worth more than a large bonus or pay raise.

Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share:
Married to John Craig, my partner in crime and my best friend. 

Children and/or pets or both:  

  • We have a 5-year-old daughter named Quinley Pippin Criag-Stanwood. The LOVE of our lives
  • We have a chocolate lab named Kayden and a Norfolk Terrier that named Khaili 

A little bit about where you grew up:  
I am from the Boston and Vermont area in New England 
Mostly raised in Vermont on the Quebec border. Ever tried Poutine? 

Favorite vacation spot:  
Germany, Ireland and Vancouver (and always in New England)

Thoughts regarding the industry:  
This industry is simply amazing.  The knowledge I have gained and the growth I have experienced personally and professionally amazes me. It is a forever changing industry that we need to keep in front of it at all times. 

What makes you happy?
Spending time with family and friends, cooking, being outside and hiking and traveling. Being parents is our ultimate joy!

What do you like about MPI?
I love that it was my first introduction into this amazing industry. I learned quickly what a strong industry we had here in Colorado and how the industry took care of each other. The members are loyal and embrace each other. Great learning opportunities and great potential to learn more about this segment in our industry.

What do you like most about being a planner/supplier?
I spent a short time on the planner side and very much enjoyed. 
Being at a CVB, I feel I am fortunate to be in the middle of a planner and supplier on the hotel side. I love having people experience something new in our backyard or if they are from another state/area. I love that we are changing constantly and for this, we are never bored.  Also that fact that I have been around for a while and can give back and mentor our incoming work force.

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