Getting to Know Mary Chris


Mary Chris Hotchkiss is convention sales and services manager for the GLCVB, bringing over 17 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 Membership Committee, on the Annual Education Conference Committee with Michigan Meeting Professionals International (MMPI) and was the 2010 recipient of the Supplier of the Year Award from MMPI.

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