Juanita Metzler, Senior Director, Conventions at Travel Lane County has been securing meetings and conferences for the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region for more than 15 years. Juanita’s commitment to learning and challenging herself is evident in the work she does and the awards and credentials she has accumulated over the years.

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

In 2020, Juanita achieved her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The CMP credential from the Events Industry Council (EIC) (formerly known as the Convention Industry Council) is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The EIC is a non-profit federation of more than 30 U.S. and international organizations involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

Dian J. Lindsay Award, Supplier of the Year

Juanita was recognized in 2021 by Meetings Professionals International (MPI) Oregon Chapter with the Dian J. Lindsay Presidential Award. MPI is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide and the Dian J. Lindsay Award is given at the discretion of the current president to an outstanding individual in the chapter who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the organization. Following nominations from her peers, Juanita was also recognized as the MPI Oregon Chapter Supplier of the Year. "Fearless, friendly and faithful are words I can use generously to describe her (Juanita), noted Tara Thomas, former MPI Oregon chapter president. "She leads with heart and soul. Always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone she comes in contact with."

Equity, Diversity and Leadership Series Certificate

In 2022, Juanita successfully completed the Equity, Diversity and Leadership Series through Destinations International, a global association for destination professionals. The six-month class aids personal development and investment in being a changemaker in the individual’s destination and supports the creation of a diverse workforce.

Sustainable Events Professional Certificate (SEPC)

In January 2023, Juanita successfully completed the Sustainable Events Professional Certificate (SEPC) course through the Events Industry Council. The certificate requires completing 16 modules that include understanding the business value of sustainability, improving environmental performance of meetings and events, and effective methods for achieving social impact goals

Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP)

Juanita obtained her Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation through the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) in February 2023. This designation is designed for those whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.

Smart Women in Meetings Industry Leader Award

Juanita was recognized as an industry leader by Smart Meetings magazine with the 2023 Smart Women in Meetings award in March. Smart Meetings is a leading media company and trusted resource for meeting professionals. Upon receiving this recognition, Juanita was asked, “What one thing made all the difference?” She responded, “I strive to be a lifelong learner and a participant, not an observer in life. If I can continue to listen, observe, ask questions and learn then I am a better human. This enables me to be able to share with and assist others. One of the mottos that I live by is a quote from Audrey Hepburn, “We have two hands. One to help ourselves and one to help others.”

Tradition of Excellence

Juanita is a leader in the industry and has become a well-known name to meeting planners and others in the hospitality industry over the years. Anyone who has worked with her knows how reliable she is and the quality of work that she delivers. It’s an honor to recognize Juanita for all that she has done and continues to do. Keep an eye out for her next accomplishment!

Could your business, group or organization host a meeting in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region?  If so, reach out to Juanita and let her help.