Our Team

Kaylee Colón, CMP

Meetings Manager

Kaylee Colón

Kaylee Colón, CMP, joined the SAM team as a Meetings Manager in 2022. Kaylee has over a decade of experience in hotel management and has worked in hotels all around the world. Growing up as an expatriate, she moved every six months to six years and grew to be flexible and open to new people and experiences. In her hotel career, she worked for every major brand from housekeeping, front desk, banquets, to sales, and opened a hotel here in Austin. Kaylee fell in love with association management and easily transitioned into the education and meetings side of the business. Prior to SAM, Kaylee worked as the Meeting and Event Coordinator with the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and the Education and Programs Coordinator for the Texas Land Title Association. Kaylee holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional from Meeting Planners International. Kaylee earned her bachelor’s degree from César Ritz College in Switzerland in the field of Hotel and Tourism Management.

Partners: Texas Hearing Aid Association, Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Texas Public Power Association

Volunteering/Leadership Roles:
 
Member of Texas Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International


Family:
 
Husband, Nate Colón. He is the love of my life and the reason why my initials are KFC. Daughter named LaVona (Lah-voh-nah), or V for short.

Outside of work, I love... To be outside! I love walking, running, hiking, anything that can be enjoyed in the sunshine. I like to hunt and think I’m a pretty good shot. Live music is my favorite part about living in Austin, and I would go to watch just about any genre perform live.

I’m known on the SAM team for... Being the new kid on the block.

Why I love association management: 
I love association management, as I’ve always had the spirit to serve others. In association management I get to create meaningful meetings where memories are made. Association management allows me to facilitate others being able to make connections and/or develop themselves professionally, which is so wonderful to watch and something I take great pride in.

My SAM superpower is... 
Hitting the ground running as the newbie.

Assessments: Altruist (Predictive Index)

Favorite thing about working at SAM: The sophistication of people and processes. Everything has so much thought and intention behind it.

Favorite SAM Core Value: Build trust (It is the foundation of relationships, both personal and professional.)