Meetings and Events Management

Our Team

Meetings and Events Team

Christi Ruddy, CMP, Department Manager

After 25 years as Professional Meeting Planner, Christi Ruddy is Manager of Covington Meetings and Events Division.  As CME Manager, she develops and oversees meeting plans and strategy, event execution, and incentive trips for companies and non-profit organizations.  Christi also provides a strong background in hotel/venue sourcing and developing registration websites.

Christi is particularly pleased when the client is happy with the final results. She’s an active member and past president of Meeting Professionals International-Virginia Chapter.

Dee Dee White, Meeting & Event Planner

With over 27 years in the travel industry, Dee Dee earned the Professional Meeting and Event Planner specialty. Planning incentive trips and corporate events have taken her to destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Central America and throughout North America.

During a trip to Ireland, Dee Dee was left stranded with 24 travelers, due to the volcanic ash cloud. A planner to the core, she successfully scheduled another week of activities for her travelers and brought them home Рsafe and sound.

Dee Dee is a member of the Virginia Society of Association Executives and the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Hospitality Sales and Meeting Professionals.

Jennie Hynson, Administrative Assistant & Web Designer

With 30 years of travel experience, Jennie has spent 25 at Covington Travel.  As part of her role, she develops registration websites, graphic design projects, and client documents. In addition, she contributes to on-site registration at various events. Ready for any creative challenge, Jennie is very talented and thrives for perfection with every assignment and project.

Lauren Moore, Meeting & Event Planner

With over ten years of meeting planning experience, Lauren had previously worked at the Virginia Society of CPAs. She particularly enjoys developing new relationships with her clients. Lauren graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts with an Advertising degree and has earned the Certified Meeting Professional certification.

Melanie Bianco, Meeting & Event Planner

With over six years in the travel industry, Melanie has transitioned to the Meetings & Events department as Meeting and Event Planner.  She recently contributed to the planning and management for a variety of corporate events including several high-end incentive trips and an annual vintage car race.

In addition, Melanie has earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Virginia and most recently earned her MA at the University of Maryland. She is currently working toward earning the Certified Meeting Professional status (CMP).

Meghan Lucas, Small Meeting & Event Planner 

As a graduate of Radford University, Meghan earned a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Design Management.  Over the last two years, she has applied her creativity to wedding/event planning, and visual merchandising. Megan is excited to apply her planning skills as Small Meeting and Event Planner at Covington.

For more details regarding our Meeting and Event Services, call 804-747-4197 or click below to reach our Meeting Planners.

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