Employee Spotlight

Bev Ordahl - July Featured Employee

A graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato, Bev brings over 15 years of management, marketing and visual merchandising experience to the JMA event team. Active in her community, Bev has managed and coordinated numerous Minnesota Youth Athletic baseball tournaments and annual school fundraisers. On her off days, she enjoys reading, watching Minnesota Twins baseball games and going to yoga classes.

Briefly describe what you do in a day.

In my role as JMA’s Events Director, every day is different, but most of what I do relates to fundraising for our clients. Most events occur in the spring and fall, but the majority of the planning happens months prior to the big day. I spend the months and weeks leading up our client event’s overseeing venue/vendor management, logistics, theme/decoration, invitations, registration, timeline development, sponsorship, auction, and donation solicitation, games and activities planning, entertainment, awards and recognition, signage, menu/tasting, and the floor plan…among others. With events on hold during the pandemic, my day currently involves individual donor development.

What is the best part of your job?

The variety. Our clients have unique visions for their events, and I enjoy bringing their visions to life.

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

The proudest moment happened twice. Somehow, JMA managed and coordinated multiple events within a one-week period; once in October 2010 and again just last year. Those were simultaneously the longest and shortest weeks, but the feeling of accomplishment was amazing!

What are three words to describe yourself?

Dependable, meticulous, persistent

What’s one thing we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I’m pretty good at Mahjong, I especially love playing when money is involved!

What is the best meal you’ve had?

During our trip to Panama City, my husband, Tim, caught a 79-pound Wahoo (a massive tropic fish!). The fish was brought to El Ultimo Refugio, one of the most popular restaurants in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and the chef expertly created a number of wonderful dishes, but the best was the Wahoo crudo—absolutely fresh and delicious!