Teresa Stas

DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIPS / FOUNDER - GREEN CACTUS, LLC

I spent almost 8 years working in promotions and events in the radio industry, left that to manage marketing and sponsorships for a large non-profit country music festival in Oregon, and then left that after almost 7 years to create Green Cactus in order to assist more events with sponsorships. I am newly married to my husband Steve, who I met on a tour bus while doing a radio promotion 7 years ago, and I now have three step-children.

What accomplishments would you like to share?

I am proud to be a co-founder of WiNE-Women’s Network of Entrepreneurs because it has helped the women involved to be able to grow in their businesses and find a place to gain knowledge and guidance when needed. I am also proud of my work with St. Jude and feel a great sense of accomplishment as a result of both the funds and awareness that have been garnered from the event. Professionally, one of my biggest accomplishments is increasing a particular client's event sponsorships by 300%.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

Be your biggest fan! I wish my younger self didn't worry so much about what others would think about what I went after or what dreams I had. I learned the hard way that if I didn't champion and support myself, there was no reason for anyone else to do so. I know that if I'm going to go after something, then I have to put it out there and do the work.

What inspired you to become an event professional?

My internship out of college in the radio industry is what ignited my passion. I worked in the promotions department for a radio company in Portland, OR and had the opportunity to engage with a variety of events.