The Miller Tanner Associates’ (MTA) difference is our people. That’s why we want to introduce you to our team of superstars that brings our corporate meetings and events to life for our customers. Today we introduce you to Senior Billing Associate Leslie Holt. Leslie’s fastidious care of our customers’ final billing portfolio and her expertise in financial intricacies truly make her an invaluable asset to our MTA team.
Meet Leslie Holt
Tell us about your current role with MTA. What are your primary responsibilities?
I’m the sr. billing analyst for the Finance Team. I pull together all of the meetings costs, create the final invoice and send that along with the billing portfolio (all supporting back up documentation) to the customer and finalize/close out the events in our accounting system. I provide support to our customers for any reconciliation questions they may have regarding the billing portfolio.
How long have you been with MTA?
Prior to 2020, I was with MTA for 5 years. I rejoined MTA about three months now. My heart never left.
What did you do before joining MTA?
Prior to joining MTA the first time, I spent 19 years as a financial analyst. I also worked for 3 years as an accounts payable analyst. Before returning to MTA this year, I was working as an implementation project manager.
What do you feel are the most fulfilling aspects of your job?
It’s a fun job because, while I’m sitting here at my desk in Middle Tennessee, my mind is all over the world depending on where our meeting took place. Being part of the big picture team that makes it happen is extremely fulfilling. Additionally, I find the end result very fulfilling when we have a perfectly balanced and well-documented billing portfolio to provide the customer. I like to look back over the list of completed projects and think, “wow, look at all we accomplished!”
What are some ways that the Finance Team takes the burden off of the customer when planning an event?
The client can always trust that we are good stewards of their money. From the first step to the last, there is a solid audit trail and total transparency so once it reaches the customer’s desk it should only be a quick and easy review for them with little to no questions or issues.
What makes Miller Tanner stand out as a meeting planning company?
I’m sure what makes Miller Tanner stand out as a planning company are our people and the sincere desire to execute on a meaningful, impactful meeting experience every time. We take it personally because it is.
Why do you think that the MTA Workshops are important?
The MTA Workshops are important because they bring us together to bond, to celebrate who we are and what we do, and to give us the time to forward look where we are going. We are all together hearing the master plan at the same time and generating thoughts and ideas from the thoughts and ideas of others. It’s a reset moment for me. You can talk to someone via email and Zoom and feel that you know them, but being together in person affords us an opportunity to connect in a more real and meaningful way and gives chance and time for collaboration and ideas to be born of feelings that only happen when we are together.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy going out to live music at small venues, as well as local art exhibits and craft markets. I enjoy adding to/listening through my record collection, dancing around in my living room, spending time with friends and sharing good food.
Where do you live and what do you love most about your state/city? Any must-see tourists spots?
I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee which, interestingly, is the geographic center of the state. I love the natural beauty of this area, the distinct seasons, and slow and easy southern hospitality. There are so many fun things to do in any direction which makes for easy day trips and adventures.
Anything else you’d like to add?
MTA has taken me to places in the world that I never would have otherwise had a reason or opportunity to visit with experiences I could have never had. MTA gave me a job but also made me a part of a team whose ties and commitment run deep in a way that makes it more than just a job.