Getting to Know Mary Chris


Mary Chris Hotchkiss is convention sales and services manager for the GLCVB, bringing over 20 years of experience in the local hospitality industry. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been with the GLCVB since 2007.

Memberships and awards

Mary Chris holds a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, is a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals and the Event Service Professionals Association.

From Mary Chris

I was born in Lansing, but moved to Williamston when I was five and spent my entire childhood there. I graduated from MSU in 1986 with a Elementary Education degree but started in the Hospitality industry back in 1995 and knew immediately that was where I was suppose to be!  My husband and I live in East Lansing with our son. One of my favorite places in the Lansing area is the MSU Horticulture Gardens and one of my family's all-time favorite spots is Uncle John's Cider Mill...we make a visit there every fall at least once! My absolute favorite restaurant in town is El Azteco and especially in the summer, I love their rooftop official sign that it's summer! For a special night out, a filet at Capital Prime makes me very happy!  Something else I enjoy very much is watching my son play one of his favorite, basketball or lacrosse.  I am so lucky to be working at the CVB and doing something I love! 

Favorite Quote:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

Mary Chris Hotchkiss, CMP, CTA

Convention Sales & Services Manager