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Kaitlyn Desmond (2021, BS in Tourism, Event & Recreation Management) shadowed Matt Baston with the OCCC (Orlando, FL)

June 25, 2019

Desmond, a rising junior studying Tourism, Event & Recreation Management, recently shadowed Matt Batson, Facility Maintenance Coordinator with the Orange County Convention Center and UF alum. In her own words, here was her experience:

Having the opportunity to shadow Matt at the Orange County Convention Center was such an incredible experience. Being able to meet with Matt and Kenny provided insight into the conventions side of the event industry. When the day started, we began by looking at part of the convention center that wasn't being utilized for an event, and ended the day at InfoComm, an audio/visual convention. Being able to compare what an empty convention center looks like to the fully-functioning likeness of InfoComm was unbelievable. The knowledge I gained from this opportunity, from the technical aspects of conventions, to the conversations about the industry, really opened my eyes to the convention world. The experience and advice that Matt and Kenny will no doubt help me in my future endeavors. This was such an amazing opportunity.