April Volunteer Spotlight - Barbara Hutchison, 1-N-Only
Barbara Hutchison, 1-N-Only
MACE Committee Co-Chair
Barbara Hutchison with 1-N-Only is the Co-Chair of the MACE Committee. Barbara began her involvement with MPI Potomac as a way to give back to an industry she has a true passion for. Last year she was given the opportunity to volunteer with the MACE Committee and helped make the annual conference a success this past February. Barbara describes success as “…being comfortable in your skin, really happy with your chosen profession and being able to make a living doing it.” Apart from her achievement with this year’s MACE, she believes one of her greatest accomplishments is venturing out on her own as an independent meeting planner. She now celebrates five years as a business owner in the industry.
Barbara has a sunny mindset when it comes to her career and life in general. She keeps a quote by Charlie Daniels as a daily reminder to always look at the positive side and give people your best. “Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who show up, not the ones who didn't. So give them a show and...never look at the empty seats!"
When Hutchinson is not at work, she enjoys a plethora of leisure activities, including eating good food, scuba diving, skiing, knitting, Netflix binging and traveling. Two of her favorite travel destinations are Thailand and Quebec City. She also enjoys visiting with friends and attributes much of her success and happiness to the love and support from those around her.