Jake Megrikian, CMP, joined the Site Southern California USA Chapter in 2009 and in 2013 is serving as Co-Chair of the Site Young Leaders group. He was recently promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Los Angeles, USA, and is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts, managing a team of 12 sales, catering and marketing professionals. He is also a member of the Hotel’s Executive Committee.
Site Source asked him about his career aspirations and why he finds value in Site membership. Read what he had to say:
Site Source: What is your educational and professional background and why did you choose the Travel & Hospitality industry as a profession?
Jake Megrikian: Where do I start? I graduated college in Armenia with a degree in Political Science. Soon after I graduated, my family made a decision to move to the U.S. and live the American Dream. I have a great passion for aviation and always wanted to be a pilot, but due to various reasons I never pursued my dream. Instead, I chose a path that lets me spend time in the air just as much as pilots do. I have been in the hotel industry since 1999. I have worked in all the various hotel departments and truly love what I do. In 2008 I acquired the Certified Meeting Professional designation from the Convention Industry Council.
Site Source: What are your career aspirations?
Jake: I always say that the sky is the limit. I am known for being an over achiever and don’t like to think of an “end” point in my career. My long-term goal is to hopefully own a hotel, but for now I will continue to work hard and move up within the IHG organization. I am certain that I will always remain in the travel industry, as I am very passionate about it.
Site Source: What or who motivated you to join Site?
Jake: I had the pleasure of meeting Gabriel Haigazian, Past President of Site Southern California USA back in 2010. We share the same passion for travel and aviation, which brought us closer together and we quickly became good friends. He told me about Site and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Site Source: What do you feel are the most valuable benefits of being a member of Site, specifically Site Young Leaders?
Jake: There are too many to list, but the most important benefit of Site, especially Site Young Leaders, is the power of networking. In the last two years I have met some very influential people from within our industry and was able to find great business opportunities for our company. I have also formed friendships with people from all over the world and that to me is priceless. I don’t know of any other organization that allows for its members to connect on such a personal level. I would highly recommend young professionals attend future Site Young Leader programs at AIBTM, IMEX and the Global Site Conference, as they will help you learn about our industry and grow professionally.