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Kristin McGinnis knows her way around a restaurant. The Colorado State University grad managed, Stratta, one of James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Stratta’s former Las Vegas restaurants as well as other highly acclaimed Vegas eateries Canaletto and Stripsteak.
Those skills no doubt came in handy in her role on CPGR’s Summer Symposium Committee where she was the lead on facilities, which included working with the hotel to plan all the meals, and coordinating details for the networking lunches and reception for this year’s 30th annual symposium.
Her outstanding work on both the Summer Symposium Committee and Marketing Committee, where she led volunteers on social media outreach, launched a YouTube channel and worked with committee members to get testimonial videos, led to her being awarded the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
When McGinnis, director of communications for Auctoris, joined CPGR two years ago, she knew just being a member wasn’t enough. In order to get the full benefits of membership both personally and for her firm, she needed to be engaged. “I really wanted to get to know other members more deeply and build friendships and relationships.”
Her first year she served on the Symposium and Development committees; then this year she switched to Symposium and Marketing.
McGinnis is a 5th generation Denverite. After five years working in the hospitality industry in Vegas, she returned to Denver after getting a call from Auctoris, where both her grandmother and mother had worked. At the time, she had been earning her MBA in sustainable business and was looking for a career change. She considered nonprofits involved in conservation or animal advocacy when the Auctoris opportunity arose.
Being a part of CPGR combines her two loves of marketing and working with nonprofits, she says. “Being a part of CPGR has given enrichment to my professional career – not only have I met so many great people in the industry, the educational programs have been of the highest value and inspirational as well.”
Outside of work, the self-proclaimed foodie and YELP elite reviewer, loves festivals, skiing, hiking and genealogy. She has volunteered for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and Project CURE, and this year will be her second as a volunteer for the Great American Beer Festival.
Her favorite nonprofit, in part because of their innovative social media marketing strategy, is Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation, which focuses on saving big cats.