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Erin Abel

Owner & Chief Experience Officer
Third Coast Events
Erin Abel

Erin has ten years of experience planning meetings and events in various locations across the United States. After graduating from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Erin moved to Austin, Texas to be the Convention Coordinator for Texas Bankers Association where she managed the annual convention and assisted with other professional development for the nation’s largest bankers association. After two years in Austin, Erin’s now husband convinced her to move back to Michigan. In June of 2015, Erin became the Programs Coordinator for The Charter Schools Office at Grand Valley State University where she coordinated meeting and events for educators across the state of Michigan. In addition to organizing 100+ training workshops and conferences a year, she produced programming for 3,500 students at ArtPrize, golf outings and many special events. Now she is loves owning Third Coast Events and plans annual conferences and meetings for various associations and corporations including companies in medical, technology, car sales, mental health, and religious nationally and internationally.

Erin has a passion for sustainability and strives to offer diverse events that are available to all. To assist with that, she graduated with a minor is Spanish and tends to travel to Spanish speaking countries.

To continue her education, she is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), including serving on the MPI Women’s Advisory Board from 2019-2022. She received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certificate in January 2018.

When Erin is not working, she also enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her husband, Ryan, and dog, Jeter.