When did you start at the Overland Park Convention Center (OPCC)?

October 2022

Describe your role at OPCC.

I am the HR and accounting professional for the Food & Beverage department. I am in charge of processing and correcting any payroll for the department, as well as keeping track of sales and cost of goods.

Why do you like what you do? What motivates you to come to work each week?

I like getting to be a resource for the people I work with.

Describe your role in the event planning process. What is your personal involvement from inception to completion?

I help to coordinate back of house staff including schedules, pay, and personal time. I also help with coordinating temp workers and making sure check-in process is smooth sailing.

Why is OPCC the BEST hospitality partner for planners and promoters looking to hold an event in both the Kansas City area, and the greater Midwest?

We are the best! The team at OPCC always strives for excellence and making this a great place to enjoy whatever event is being attended.

What’s your favorite thing about working at the OPCC?

The people I work with, everyone is respectful and caring of one another.

How does the team at OPCC create an event experience that’s unique for both exhibitors and attendees alike?

We do our best to adapt to any and all changes including requests from guests that attend the events. We strive for excellence in every area and most importantly are focused on the connections we build with each other and our guests who attend the events.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to go to concerts in my free time and spend as much time as I can with my family.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I can play the guitar, electric bass, and keys.

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Ariana Strait
Food & Beverage Accounting & HR Specialist
Years of Experience
3 Years
Favorite OPCC Drink
Cyber Cafe Vanilla Latte
Favorite OPCC Food
GF/Vegan Carrot Cake