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Lauren McKown

Major: Hospitality Management



Company/Organization: Richwood on the River
Company/Organization website: https://richwoodontheriver.com/
Destination: Milton, KY
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: celbert@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Responding to wedding and bed and breakfast inquiries. Updated and maintained booking calendar. Reviewed upcoming event function sheets and have thoroughly understood all of the schedules for weddings, events, and Bed &Breakfast reservations. I supported Colleen (owner) and her team in documenting final details and pertinent information concerning the event in client files and function sheets, including but not limited to, final guest count, day-of timeline, menu selections, linens, room layout, vendor information, and special requests. I was also responsible for overlooking setup and break down of the outdoor and indoor ceremony sites.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment is learning how to run a Bed and Breakfast that has an event space. There is so much time and effort that is invested in running such a beautiful property, and Colleen has thoroughly and patiently taught me how to do this.

I learned...
The greatest lesson that I have learned is to go with the flow and not sweat the small stuff.

Advice for others...
My advice for future students is to show up early, work hard, and be willing to go the extra mile. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work come together for a big event.

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