Interview with Megan Jaurigue, Director of Sales at Cuba Libre Philadelphia

Hi Megan! Thanks for being a part of our interview series. Please tell our readers a bit about yourself & your background.

My name is Megan. I am about to turn 30 years old! I have worked at Cuba Libre for about 6 years now. My background is in events and for 4 years, I was a hostess at Cuba Libre.

Do you live in Philadelphia? If not, where do you call 'home'?

I currently live in Philadelphia. Home is the suburbs of Doylestown. But after living in the city for 6 years, I think I can consider myself a city girl ;)

Why do you think it's so important to refer leads to one another, or to collaborate vs compete?

I think it is better to collaborate because this brings business to the city. And the more desirable the entire city is, the more inquiries I will personally get. Also, many times, Cuba Libre can not accommodate and I love having trusted event planners to turn to in this case.

What is your favorite Philly landmark to visit when you're on staycation, or being a tourist in your own town?

Do the sports stadiums count?

Um, of course they do! What’s your favorite thing about working for the company you currently work for?

The team I work with.

Favorite dish that your chef makes:

Arroz con Pollo - Chef knows I need it with a side of Sriracha.

Why do you love what you do?

Keeps me on my feet! I also care about people and know that the events they are planning are special. I want to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible for my clients!

Favorite Philly restaurant(s) other than your own!

Parc! Best cheese boards, mac and cheese, french onion soup and spaghetti ever :)

Who or what provides your career inspiration?

My dad. He taught me a lot about the importance of networking and having good people around you.

Hospitality industry professionals work long (LONG) hours, what's your favorite way to unwind?

Yoga & wine!

Us too, no wonder we’re friends! What do you wish people knew about you, your restaurant/venue, or the industry in general?

This industry is not easy, but it is very rewarding. We work odd hours but have fun doing it! We are constantly evolving and learning.

Favorite quote?

"Hold on the ones who really care, in the end they'll be the only ones there" - Hanson, “MMMBop”