A Time for Joy and Reflection
Forty years ago, Anne Ratterman joined the meetings and events industry as a sales assistant at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Kentucky. Aside from a 10-year stint as a funeral director for her family business, she never left.
That is, until her retirement on June 9.
“I have met so many wonderful people and have built many friendships that I will have for the rest of my life,” she says. “The faith-based market has been a particularly enriching experience for me as I share the same belief system as my clients and have been honored to be a part of helping ensure that the purpose of the event is a success.”
A Louisville native, Anne spent 12 years working for the Hyatt, which gave her the training she needed to succeed in the industry. During that time, she worked in a number of markets from corporate to national association and more. She then left to work as director of sales at The Brown Hotel before obtaining her funeral director’s license. But, she couldn’t stay away, accepting a director of sales position at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne 10 years later, and then the Galt House sales team in 2008, from where she retired as associate director of sales.
“The hotel has offered me many new challenges and was a wonderful way to finish my career,” she says.
As an RCMA member, Anne attended a number of Emerge Conferences, including the 2007 conference, which took place in her very own backyard—something she hopes happens again soon.
“I only wish I could be around to help host the event the next time Louisville is chosen as the location,” she says. “Who knows? Maybe I can volunteer!”
While leaving an industry she’s been a part of for three-plus decades is difficult, Anne is more than happy with her decision. Now, she’s going to spend time with her five granddaughters, three children and plenty of friends. Volunteering, fitness, travel, strengthening her faith, gardening and decorating also top her list. It’s safe to say she’ll be just as busy in retirement as she was during her professional life.
“I already have no doubt that I made the best decision for me,” she says. “And I will surely miss everyone. God bless you all and thank you for 30 great years!”