1. What was your first job?

    My very first job was as a clerk for the Maryland Casualty Co. However, my first job in the meeting industry was working as administrative assistant for the California Ambulance Association. I had a variety of duties, but one was to coordinate the annual convention and trade show. That's where I discovered the world of meeting planning.

  2. What's spinning on your CD player?

    John Mayer, The Eagles, Jack Johnson

  3. Who inspires you?

    Generally, people who are not only smart, but balance their intellect with great heart, unwavering integrity, and a sense of humor. Specifically, my director of operations, Amy Colliton; my friend and longtime mentor, Nancy Morrell Swanson; and the vice president of the San Diego CVB, Christine Shimasaki.

  4. It's time for a second career; what do you choose?

    Working in a bookstore, teaching yoga, or doing some social service work.

  5. What's the best book you read in the past year?

    I'm just finishing a book that is my favorite so far: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

Terri Breining, CMP, CMM, is owner and president of Concepts Worldwide, San Diego. Breining was chosen as one of nine industry professionals to serve as a commissioner for APEX, an industrywide initiative to create standards for the meeting industry. She currently serves as Meeting Professionals International's Chairwoman of the Board.