• Member Profile

  • Short Bio
    I am a passionate sustainability advocate working in the venue, event and tourism industries. I received my doctorate in sustainability in events and tourism from the University of Utah where I studied employee perceptions of convention center sustainability programs. I am currently the Owner and Founder of Map & Compass Consulting LLC where I utilize my 15 years of experience as a managing director, event manager and researcher to consult organizations on employee engagement and sustainability. I have recently been actively involved in sustainability initiatives with the International Association of Venue Managers. My career dossier includes teaching, organizational consulting, management and research. I have worked for The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as the Managing Director and Event Director where I planned Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conferences (ESTCs) in California, Kenya, Brazil and Ecuador.
  • Title
    Dr
  • Title
    Dr
  • Position
    Consultant
  • Position
    Consultant
  • Company
    University of Utah
  • Company
    University of Utah
  • City
    Salt Lake City
  • City
    Salt Lake City
  • Country
    United States
  • Country
    United States
  • Favourite Destination
    Bonito, Brasil; Bryce Canyon, Utah; Monterey, CA; and Mindo, Ecuador
  • Hobbies & Interests
    Ecotourism, sustainable tourism, sustainable events, sustainable venues, complex adaptive systems, recreation, employee engagement, business case for sustainability
  • My Blog
    http://www.modernpubsonline.com/0A3yrwh/Fall2016FacilityMana/html/index.html?refUrl=http%25253A%25252F%25252Fmagazine.iavm.org%25252Fpast-issues%25252F&page=1
  • Education

  • Degrees & Certificates
    PhD- University of Utah in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    MS- San Francisco State University in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
    BS- California State University Northridge in Leisure Studies and Recreation
  • Languages spoken
    English, Portuguese, Spanish, ASL, currently learning Turkish
  • Professional Interests

  • My CV
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/mercedesmhunt/
  • Work Experience
    I have worked as a consultant and lecturer in the sustainable event, tourism, and venue industry. I also worked for The International Ecotourism Society in a variety of roles including event manager, managing director and consultant from 2011-2015. I have worked with IAVM, ATTA and the GSTC on various projects. My most current research focuses on employee perceptions of sustainability programs in convention centers.
  • Services Offered
    Strategic management, change management, education/ training/ webinars, research, grant writing, event management