Congratulations to our own Yesenia Hasakian for being featured in IAEE’s Young Professionals Newsletter (YP Connect)!

yeseniaQ: What are your responsibilities in your current role?
A: Making people feel happy and confident- while simultaneously understanding their needs, wants, and managing expectations. Those are my most important responsibilities. Working for Core-apps has been one amazing ride that is continuously going up. Sales positions are one of the most challenging, yet the most rewarding and I am not talking monetary here. How can I make someone’s day better is what I ask myself each day.

Q: What drives your involvement with IAEE?
A: The people are the ones who drive my involvement. Without the members we wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be here writing up my responses. I have met some wonderful individuals and I enjoy learning and growing amongst my peers and industry veterans.

Q: What events or networking opportunities are most beneficial or appealing to you as a young professional?
A: Let’s be honest, in this industry most of us enjoy networking in a lively atmosphere, with fun tunes and a refreshing adult beverage. This is also the most common type of networking opportunity. However, I am a big outdoor enthusiast–opportunities that allow us to spend time outside whether it is a fun run, picnic at the park or service project.

Q: What was your most memorable IAEE experience?
A: Hands down 2012 Expo! Expo! In Orlando, Florida. This was my first Expo! Expo! and I was awarded to go by my Hotel college, UNLV. I volunteered as a booth judge, which allowed me to go by a set of booths to evaluate each one based on a criterion given to me. This presented the opportunity to engage with industry professionals, learn about their business and share my story.

Q: What are a few of the fun perks at your job/association?

A: The ability to travel to destinations that you probably would not go to typically.

Q: How did you get involved in the industry?

A: Well, it all started when I moved to Las Vegas in 2011. I took a year off school to allow myself to be qualified for in-state tuition. During that year I became familiar with some of the largest trade shows that would come to Las Vegas. I attended CES and I remember telling myself “Yes, this is it, this what I want to do”, of course I had no idea what REALLY went into planning an event. I was accepting it for all its vibrant glory during show time.

Finally, I attended and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During my time there I was heavily involved—volunteering at trade shows, attending networking events. Later, I became chair of the IAEE Student Chapter. We would plan events for students such as: back of the house tours of venues and trade shows and an industry round table.

Q: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

A: Yes, my advice to all young professionals is to get involved and stay involved! There was a piece of advice that I learned very early on that has never left my mind. It’s not about whom you know, but who knows you! Be engaging and memorable! Always remember that people will forget what you say, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.