MTA ’21 Gift of Service Award

Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) is talent empowered. It’s what makes MTA such a special place to work – the collection of talent that believes in the same core values and comes together to create transformative event experiences for clients around the world. Our clients can find a personality they can connect with and the MTA Team crafts events that connect to all people, pronouns, and ranges of accessibility.

“At MTA we try to celebrate each other every day,” shares Marnie Battistini, CEO, “but over time, we realized that each year there are those of us that shine brighter and that bright beam of light should be celebrated in a more robust format.”

Annually at our MTA Workshop, we hold an awards ceremony. We experiment with different ways to design a memorable awards show and this year was no different. To recognize our 2021 award winners, MTA held the awards show on a Glacier in Iceland – an MTA first to build a stage out of snow, insert a locally built custom stage set, and gather the team together on a glacier to praise and celebrate this year’s winners.

Our five award categories are Story of the Year, Gift of Service, MTA Saver, Theme of the Year, and the Marnie Award.

And the 2021 Gift of Service Award goes to…

Taylor Tomlinson, Proposal Manager 

Taylor receives 2021 Gift of Service Award at this year’s event in Iceland

The Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) team has the gift of service.  Our core product is serviced based – we plan and execute exceptional events.  So when we look at who provided remarkable service and who at MTA embodies our overall core values this year, it’s really tough to choose.  That’s why 2021 had two Gift of Service winners. This week we spotlight our first award winner, Proposal Manager Taylor Tomlinson.

At our 2022 Workshop, this is what was shared about the 2021 Gift of Service Award recipient, Taylor Tomlinson, Proposal Manager: 

MTA Talent Empowered and Creatively Agile Core Values: Taylor jumped into a leadership role in several MTA initiatives, partnering closely with MTA Finance, Software Development, Global Experience, and Commercial team members. Together they built MTA’s Connector Solution that automated budget uploads into Salesforce, while addressing rising production costs and weaving all the new financial information into MTA budget templates and proposal tools. 

Service with Soul Core Value: Taylor has expertly managed MTA’s significant proposal volume. Four of the past five months were record breaking for the most proposal value in MTA’s 25 year history, with a new average of more than 100 proposals per month. Taylor fully embraced this significant workload with a positive and determined attitude. 

Teaming with Trust and Clarity of Character Core Values: Taylor supported the overall MTA team leading by example with her drive and fortitude while showing empathy and kindness to internal and external customers.   

Marnie Battistini and Taylor Tomlinson

MTA CEO Marnie Battistini added, “At MTA we search for talent that includes an innate ‘gift of service’ believing that having the ‘gift of service’ is something an individual is born with and can’t be taught.  Exceptional service is connected to exceptional problem solving skills of which Taylor has a high level of skill. She leans into her MBA education when creating budgets, easily connecting how the numbers should flow/align but what stands out with Taylor is how she connects the numbers to our customers’ outcomes and then sees the internal need to automate the data into MTA systems that help her MTA colleagues do their jobs more easily.”  

Scott Nodolf, MTA’s Chief Revenue Officer and Taylor’s direct manager, said this about why Taylor deserved the 2021 Gift of Service Award: “Taylor has been such a steady and strong force for our team over the past year – she has shown tremendous focus and dedication while living our core values, even when facing adversity.”

Congratulations, Taylor!  You are an MTA Bright Light!