Maria Gracia-Esquival

​​Senior Program Manager

Spear One

"The reason why I joined Richland’s Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program was I wanted to enter the hospitality industry, but realized there were so many different areas of work. I needed to network and learn more about which area I wanted to focus on.

“Bill Boyd was on the HEEM board and through his support of the Richland program, I was accepted as an intern with Sunbelt Motivation and Travel and later was hired on full-time. I don’t think I could have opened doors on my own for a meetings job that I love. The skills acquired through the HEEM program ensured my success.”