#MemberMonday IAEEDC Member Feature: Dan Ketelsen

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Name:  Dan Ketelsen

Title: Director of Convention Sales – Mid Atlantic Region

Company: Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau

Twitter Handle: @DJKdanketelsen

What are your responsibilities with your company or event?

I’m the face of Anaheim in DC!

Tell us about your company/organization/show:

Anaheim has the largest convention center on the West Coast

IAEE DC Involvement (Committees, etc):

Attend Luncheons

What drives your involvement with IAEE DC?

With a convention center like Anaheim, we want to talk to everybody at IAEE!

Best IAEE DC Experience:

Attending an IAEE DC Young Professionals Happy Hour, even though I was too old to be “Young”

How long have you been in the DC area?

18 months

What made you choose to live here?

My boss asked me to move here, best decision I ever made!

What is your favorite place in the DC area and why?

Too many to list, it’s such a great area

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I dropped out of college in 1993 and got a six month work visa in the UK.  I worked in a tiny little hotel in Oxford and fell in love with the hospitality industry.  After that I went back to school and changed my major to HRIM, the rest is history, 17 years with Hyatt Hotels all over the country and 2.5 years with the AOCVCB.

What is the most interesting tradeshow other than your own that you have ever attended?

The NAMM SHOW every January in Anaheim, 99,000+ by invite only attendees

Tradeshow Bucket List- if you could attend any tradeshow that you haven’t yet, what would it be?  Star Wars Celebration, CES, National Restaurant Assn Show

What book are you currently reading?

I read cook books

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

Photography, check me out at www.djkphotography.smugmug.com

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Where would you most like to travel that you have never been?

Tough question, Nova Scotia is currently high on the list

If you could have any career other than your current one, what would it be?

Chef or Freelance Photographer

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