Rondi Pacheco is having quite a year! She completed the trifecta of education — degrees in accounting, law, and meeting-event management. The latter degree, earned at DCTC, was instrumental in what she describes as, “finding my true calling.”
For Rondi, a self-described “idealist”, promoting other people and their talents is part of who she is. Equally important to her is volunteerism. In her words, “I’ve been given some special gifts and talents and I need to share them with my community.” Her infectious energy and love of people are all part this sparkly package that her native-Hawaii is sharing with Minnesota. Those of us who know Rondi, chuckle when she introduces herself as an introvert. Yes, she loves to dance, sing, read comic books and is in a bowling league, but few would categorize her as an introvert. She lives her belief that, “I don’t have a lot of time here on this earth, so I better make every minute count.”
At the recent Best of Minnesota 2016, Rondi was inducted into the Minnesota Meetings and Events Hall of Fame and honored with the coveted “Up-and-Coming Meeting Professional” award.
It was a magical evening with great friends and entertainment. Rondi was visiting her family in Hawaii and asked me to accept the award on her behalf. The number of DCTC program alumni in the audience that night made it feel much like a DCTC-alumni reunion.
A few months ago, Rondi was awarded Leader of the Month by the MPI Minnesota Chapter. Rondi volunteers with MPI on the team that manages the organization’s social media accounts and promotes activities on social media platforms. During her time in that role, MPI has seen engagement and page visits increase exponentially on Facebook. In fact, during one week, MPI MN experienced a 375% increase in page visits and 47% increase in engagement. The nomination for this award describes Rondi succinctly: “Rondi has been an absolute JOY to work with; flexible, responsible and really stays on top of her game.”
Rondi’s leadership and dedication to the industry are best summarized by a statement she made recently for the press: “The Meeting/Events/Hospitality industry is about providing service to others. It is an industry where individuals cater to and care for the needs of our clients and guests. This is an industry that thrives on creativity and inspirational genius. My personal passion of helping and guiding individuals to create their own unique experience is what motivates me to blaze a path for others coming behind me. I want to share my experiences so that others will not fall and flounder but instead grow and prosper. This is why I love this industry and will continue to share this love for years to come.”