Ms. Heather Lightsey, CVP

Emerald Coast Convention Center

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Emerald Coast Convention Center


Heather first got a taste of the events industry in 2012 as a student at The University of Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Restaurant and Hospitality Management. While at The University of Alabama, she was an active member of several hospitality organizations and served on various executive boards for two years. In addition, Heather worked as an intern with the City of Tuscaloosa River Market, where she acquired experience with venue management, sales, and marketing. After acquiring her degree, Heather moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to further pursue her career along the sugar white sands at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. During her time on the Emerald Coast, Heather has coordinated hundreds of events ranging from high-profile conventions and exhibitions to intimate weddings and banquets and has proven to be a valuable member of the ECCC team. Her clients love her attention to detail, her enthusiasm, and her constant desire to excel in everything she does, and are eager to work with her year after year.

Heather is an active member of Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) where she served on the University Committee from 2016-2017. She recently completed IAVM’s Venue Management School and received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification in 2017.