Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Ringas
I am a Senior Sales Manager with AMPA Events!
Please describe AMPA Events.
AMPA is a 30 year old company which focuses on putting the finishing touches on events.
Please describe your new role with AMPA.
I work with national clients on conferences and meetings. We will start their day by putting up backdrops and podiums for their stage. We then decorate and theme their final party. We’ve done Ski Lodges, 80’s All the Way, the Great Gatsby and the Kentucky Derby! Their dreams are the limit!
It’s really neat how we transform an event. Theming appeals to the senses making the experience more memorable and comfortable. People are more likely remember what they learned and to come back to the event the following year.
What kind of people would be your perfect introduction?
I want to meet planners with different corporations or those employed by destination management companies.
Are you still selling ESBE jewelery?
My ESBE business is being downsized. I plan to have a 50% off sale in February! This is the time to snag the pieces you really want.
Please tell us about your family.
I have been married for 17 years to Evangelos. We have 3 kids who are 14, 12 and 10. We have 2 very happy little rats, 2 dogs, a lizard and a fish! We’re running a zoo. (Laughs)
What does RCEN mean to you?
Support. I always know there’s a woman I can turn to, ask a question or ask for support.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever gotten?
One of my favorites is to say yes and figure it out later. Then you don’t miss out on an opportunity. Another is to step out of your comfort zone. Otherwise you’re not growing!
What do you do to relax/unwind?
I ride roller coasters! I also read, play board games, and binge-watch TV shows.
What do you know now that you wish you’d know then?
I had a realization last year that my career isn’t a straight path. It’s more of a zig-zag. I always come back to the same root passions. That’s the one component that ties everything together.