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Meet the Planner: San Ramon Valley Conference Center

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rachel Schaffner has been with San Ramon Valley Conference Center for almost two and a half years. Today we highlight her experience and what is her most memorable event.

How did you get started in the industry?

I started in the hospitality industry in college.  I was in the process of receiving my degree in hotel and restaurant management when I received my first job at a front desk of a conference center.  After working closely with the Event Coordinator, I knew that I was drawn to event planning.  I moved to New York City after college and received my first job at a Law Firm working as a Conference Coordinator for the attorneys.  After four years in the city that never sleeps, I moved back to California to find myself at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center.    


How long have you been coordinating Conferences?

6 years


What is your favorite part about working at San Ramon Valley?

My favorite part of working at SRVCC would be my amazing coworkers and collaborating with clients to coordinate creative events that put a smile on the attendees’ faces. 

What has been your favorite event you have planned, and why? I think one of my favorites events here at SRVCC would have been a 50th birthday party I had the honor of planning.  It was a unique event for us here at the Conference Center as we are normally planning corporate events as opposed to social. The theme of the party was to roast the birthday boy.  We had a sit down dinner for 100 guests, DJ, dance floor, and stage.  This was a fun event to plan because it was something out of the ordinary than what we do here at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center.

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