<<<Rose Mary Mitchell
really loves her job of finding new groups and bringing their decision-makers to Houston
and watching their eyes light up when they see it live and in person. In addition, she really gets a kick out of showing them what her city has to offer in terms of visitor amenities. Rosemary
especially enjoys when her hard work and diligence pays off with a signed contract. On the flip side, she cringes when groups turn her down without even giving her a chance to show them what Houston
is all about.
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One of the many perks of this Boston
native′s job is that she is able to travel all over the United States
and overseas on business. ″I have been to every State in the U.S. except eight,″
she chimes. Some of her most memorable moments include being in Canada
accepting a bid for the Shriners International
convention when she got a chance to see Queen Elizabeth II
, and being in New York
accepting a bid for the NAACP
convention when she got to hear President Obama
speak. After 36 years
in the business she still has a thirst for travel and wants to visit all historical areas in the U.S.
like Memphis, TN
, where Dr. King
was assassinated on Thursday April 4, 1968
; and Selma, AL
, home to many activities during the Civil Rights
movement of the 1960 ′s
<<<Rose Mary Mitchell
″People of color should get to know their history,″
Rosemary states, ″I wonder what it was like back then, I am a history buff; for example, I didn′t know anything about Black cowboys when I got to Houston.″
She has since discovered a wealth of information on them and her favorite is Nate Love
, a.k.a. Deadwood Dick
, who was born a Slave
. He earned his nickname by winning a mustang-roping and target shooting contest in the spring of 1876
in Deadwood City
in the Dakota Territory
Ms. Mitchell′s long-term goals include retiring and starting a second life by possibly going into the restaurant business with her son who is an executive chef. She is also recently engaged to a classmate from high school who she met again at their reunion two years ago. ″He is a good guy, the salt of the earth and exactly what I need,″ as she smiles through the telephone. Like Mr. Gunn of Birmingham, AL, she too agrees that there are not nearly enough African-Americans in management working in the Travel and Tourism industry.
Ms. Mitchell was raised in Suffolk, VA, and attended Virginia Union University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Sales Manager and a member of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners as well as the United Negro League of Women, and the Religious Conference Management Association . In 1982 she earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) certificate. She is currently pursuing a membership in an organization called Just Because. In closing she would like everyone to know that she is proud of our President and the job that he is doing. In addition, she wants to be just like her mom -- still wearing 3" heels -- who turned 80 in 2012.
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Her favorite quote is still the same as in 1993
, ″You ask for nothing and you get nothing. Just because you have been a good and faithful employee, don′t assume that you will be offered the job. You will have to ask for it! Never, never let anyone set you up to fail, you can do that alone.″
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