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aspectBlue’s principals have been cultivating over 50 years of hospitality experience including management positions in operations, sales & marketing, training/coaching/consulting, catering & conference services, Guest services and food and beverage.   As a team, the company offers  100 years of hospitality experience in group sales and dedication to the industry.  Our goal is to be the largest, most valued site selection resource for meeting planners, representing unique meeting destinations with a proven level of service for group events! 


Jeri Schaffner, Principal

Jeri began her hospitality career in 1980.  Her 30 year professional background affords her vast knowledge and obvious commitment. Her integrity, respect for others and her sincere desire to provide exceptional service have all become trademarks.  Jeri had been part of The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s (a 4 star resort located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene) management team for nearly 20 years holding several positions with the company including Director of Sales and Director of Catering.  She consistently exceeded her sales goals. She understands that the relationship with both hotels and planners is built on trust and genuine care.  Jeri has high expectations of the hotels she represents.    Jeri has been married for over 20 years and has two children, a son in college and daughter in high school.  


Kimberly Banta, Principal

Kim began her career in hospitality over 20 years ago.  She holds a degree from Washington State University, which was followed by advancing positions in operations, sales, marketing and catering positions in both corporate and independent world class hotels.  She has had the opportunity to own a meeting planning company and understands the importance of trusting a hotel to execute a flawless program.   She believes in this industry you must be innovative but never lose touch with the true definition of hospitality.  Throughout her sales career, she consistently exceeded her monthly sales goals and credited those achievements to the genuine relationships that were developed with her clients through the sales process.  Kim is married and has three beautiful boys that keep her busy when not passionately working on her other baby- aspectBlue!


Sales Manager

Shannon brings over 20 years of experience in hospitality and customer service to Aspect Blue.  Her experience in providing excellent service and a strong desire for superior product means that Shannon appreciates the step up from memorable to unforgettable.  Shannon has integrated into her business philosophy a high level of organization, attention to detail, integrity, personal care and interest in her client’s needs and desires.  With her diverse professional experiences Shannon has an eye for the perfect meeting climate as well as offering unique experiences for the attendees.  Shannon is married and is the mother of 7 daughters. 





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