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Liz In Rome

Employee Highlight – Liz Hallinan

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Q: How long have you been with the company?

A: I have been with HMM for a year now.

Q: What’s your major function within the company?

A: Currently, I’m the series director for Samuel Adams Brew & View. It’s an outdoor movie accompanied by a beer garden, yard games, and live music. We’re dropping in on 21 cities this summer!

Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born in Littleton, CO. I am a fifth generation Colorado native.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Highlands Ranch, CO and currently live in downtown Denver.

Q: Do you have any siblings?

A: I am the youngest of three in the Hallinan Family. My brother, Shawn, is the oldest. He is married to Kristen and together they have three beautiful children. Next is my big sister, Jennifer. Thankfully we all live within 25 minuets of one another. My family is very tight knit and my siblings are my best friends.

Q: Do you have any pets?

I grew up with a number of pets including hamsters, bunnies and dogs. Over the course of my childhood, my family and I have had three yellow labs. We got my two sweet labs when I was in fourth grade and they lived to my senior year in college to be 13 years old. I am looking forward to being able to have a dog of my own—hopefully someday soon!

Q: What’s your dream vehicle?

A: Apart from a newer jeep—I would have to say a Range Rover!

Q: What’s your favorite activity? (Running, biking, watching soccer, etc)

I love being active, and thankfully Colorado provides a wide variety of options. My favorite activity, though, is doing yoga with my sister everyday. I also love hiking the beautiful Rocky Mountains, attending concerts at Red Rocks, and catching sporting events.

Q: What’s your dream vacation?

A: One of my biggest passions is traveling. I have been to 29 counties, and love to explore new cities, countries, and cultures. My dream vacation is really an extended journey. It would start in Marrakech, Morocco, and then move on to Istanbul, Turkey. I absolutely love elephants, so India would be the next step. I studied ancient art and architecture in college, so I would love to visit different shrines and historical sites throughout India. Ideally the trip would be a combination of sightseeing and spending time giving back in local villages and orphanages. I would want the experience to be both enriching and meaningful. From India, I would travel to Maldives then onto Thailand for about a week. The trip would end in Bali with a four-day yoga retreat.

Q: What’s your favorite city for events?

A: Nashville, TN is my favorite city for events. I have now successfully put on three events in Nashville, and I’m thinking about opening an HMM office there…

Q: What’s your best event experience?

A: My best event experience with HMM was 5k Dance Party – DC, last fall. This race series combines a high-energy night run, with large inflatables marking dance zones that provide an assortment of music to keep participants moving. Once the runners finish the 5k, an after party keeps the night going. This event was awesome to be apart of from start to finish. I learned a lot about the event planning process and the overall success of the production as well.

Q: What’s your favorite airport?

A: The Nashville airport is my favorite airport. It isn’t too big, which makes it easy to go from security to the gate and vice versa. Some highlights include the large Starbucks in the center of the C-wing, as well as comfortable seating for passengers waiting for their flights to arrive.

Q: What’s your favorite movie or TV show and why?

My favorite TV show is Modern Family. This show portrays realistic family dynamics, it’s lighthearted, and it’s funny. I mean, who doesn’t like that?

Q: What’s your favorite accomplishment in life?

A: Apart from leadership roles I have taken on in various sports teams while in high school and within my sorority during college, my greatest accomplishment to-date has to be traveling to Africa with my church last year to work with HIV and AIDS patients as well as care for children in several orphanages. Going to Africa was a dream of mine since I was little. Midway through my senior year of college, the opportunity to be part of a team of 22 students who wanted to pour love into the lives of others became a reality that has forever changed my life. We were able to work with our host family who lives locally year round and continue work that was greater than just our trip creating a lasting impact. I learned about the crucial need for sustainable growth, empowering people to utilize the resources within their reach. The trip was very much relational based, investing in the lives of others. I believed going on this trip would give me the opportunity to impact others, but I have learned it was my own life that was greatly challenged and changed through this experience.

Q: Who’s your favorite athlete and why?

A: Peyton Manning—He just seems like a very nice guy with great character.

Q: What employee needs a special call out for being awesome at HMM?

A: I would like to give a special shout out to Nick Christopher for being an above-and-beyond employee at HMM. He has taken on more responsibility with his role as a manger, yet he still makes time for co-workers in need of help and direction. Nick always approaches new challenges with a positive attitude, and is an uplifting person to be around. I’m very thankful for all the guidance he has provided me throughout the past year. Nick is an admirable leader, and he has a very giving heart. HMM is very lucky to have him on the team!

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?

A: Chick-fil-A because they offer gluten-free options on the go like grilled chicken nuggets!

Q: One Essential item for the road?

A: There are too many essentials to only name one item. For flights, a cozy jacket and a neck pillow are key for a good snooze. Onsite, the three most important items are sunscreen, sunglasses, and a rain jacket! Also, a good attitude is essential on the road!

Q: What drives you to produce great events?

A: The number one motivational factor for creating great events is to produce an experience and atmosphere that is extraordinary for the participants.

Q: What excites you about your job?

A: With events, there is a tangible outcome that motivates me. The months leading up to an event are full of early mornings, long calls, and late nights. However, being onsite and seeing everything setup as well as interacting with the participants, produces a physical result that is rewarding. It is exciting to continue to grow and learn from new challenges that arise. Knowing that all the work put into this job generates a feeling of accomplishment when all the different pieces come together and people are enjoying themselves while creating lasting memories.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about 1111 South Street?

A: My favorite thing about 1111 South Street is the “Cottage.” We recently had some updates to the upstairs section of the office. My desk, along with several coworkers’, is tucked nicely in a room where the décor mixes Anthropology and Pottery Barn. It’s quite lovely!

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