April 2011

Maria Lenhart

Meetings Focus

www.meetingsfocus.com

San Francisco, CA

maria.lenhart@meetingsfocus.com

I have always lived in California, except for a few years after college when relocated to Boston to work at a major newspaper where I worked on the book review and travel sections. I have been a San Francisco-based journalist covering the meetings/travel industry for over 25 years, work that has taken me to over 50 countries. I am responsible for the news and features articles for Meetings Focus.

Favorite book: The Wizard of Oz

Favorite food: Chinese dim sum or Greek appetizers

Favorite TV show: Top Chef

Favorite movie: Vertigo

Most unique place you’ve been: flying over the Great Migration in Tanzania

Favorite aspect of the meetings/travel industry: the willingness of people to share their knowledge and the chance to visit great places

Pet peeve: crowded airports and airplanes

One thing about you that most people don’t know: that will remain a mystery

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in our industry? Be nice to those you meet on the way up because you may meet them again on the way down

What’s your favorite local/regional place to take a visitor to your area? Tomales Bay in West Marin to have barbecued oysters at Tony’s
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