Ms. Heather Lightsey

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
Silver Member
Bronze Most Valuable Member

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Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center


For as long as she can remember, Heather has enjoyed creating innovative event ideas, often putting together inspiration boards for different events in her loved ones’ lives as soon as she was old enough to handle a set of crayons. After searching through various career paths, Heather found herself enrolled in the hospitality program at The University of Alabama, where she was able to take her love of creative event concepts and transform it into a budding career. She served on executive boards for various hospitality organization and interned with local event professionals until, after acquiring her degree, she followed her passion to the beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida, where she joined the team at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in 2014. Heather quickly proved herself to be a dedicated member of the team, volunteering to coordinate the more challenging, high profile events held in the venue, while also developing and implementing fresh, new ideas for both clients and staff. In 2017, Heather was promoted to Events Supervisor, where she now manages a team of three Event Services staff.

Heather is an active member of Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). She completed IAVM’s Venue Management School in 2017 and has received both her Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) and Certified Venue Professional (CVP) certifications.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys embracing her inner Ina Garten by throwing dinner parties and trying new recipes. She also has a demanding Diva Dog named Molly that she rescued in 2011.