COE welcomes new member relations manager

The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence is heading into the new year with a new member on its core team.

Krista Barezinsky (pictured, right) joined COE in December as its member relations manager. In her role, Krista leads efforts to ensure the center’s nearly 40 partner companies receive maximum value from their membership, whether engaging with Fisher College of Business faculty and students or connecting with other member companies to share best practices. Krista also will play a role in member recruitment and coordination of COE’s event roster, leading planning for its Women’s Leadership Forum series and managing Leading Through Excellence summit sponsor and vendor engagement.

Krista joins COE from Columbus-based Event Marketing Strategies, where she served as an account coordinator and oversaw the implementation and sales process for more than 60 corporate partners at the Ohio State Fair and Arnold Sports Festival, two of the largest events in Columbus. She graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in communications and currently serves in a volunteer capacity as keynote committee co-chair for Columbus’ Women for Economic & Leadership Development (WELD) organization.

“We’re thrilled to have Krista join our center at an exciting time in its history, having just celebrated the 25th anniversary of our founding and the fifth anniversary of our summit,” said COE Executive Director Peg Pennington. “Our members will benefit from having a central point of contact for accessing the vast resources available in our operational excellence ‘ecosystem’ here at Fisher and in the business community.”

In her role, Krista is part of COE’s core operations team, which includes Pennington; Matt Burns, associate director of marketing and communications; and Jackie McClure, administrative associate. COE also has a number of Fisher faculty researchers and industry experts who serve as center associate directors.

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