Brianne Mouton, nee Edwards, was born in Fairplay but spent her life growing up in Breckenridge. She graduated from Summit High School in 1998 and went on to a career in hotel event management.
Mouton was active in the student government, serving as class vice president for her freshman and sophomore year, then as class president for her junior and senior years. She also closely participated in school sports, playing varsity basketball for all four years as well as volleyball on both junior varsity and varsity teams. She also spent two years on the track team as a freshman and sophomore.
"I liked to be in the know," Mouton said, of her numerous school activities.
Her memories of high school revolve fondly around events - homecoming dances, football fames, prom, etc. She and her classmates were close, which she says made the experience that much better.
"It was so unique to me that we had such a small school and knew everybody," she said.
Mouton's class was also the one that held the fundraiser to put engraved bricks in the entrance seating area of the new high school.
After graduation, Mouton attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she went through the business school to study management, international business and tourism management. During that time she participated in Semester at Sea, a four month program during which she visited ten different countries and sparking an interest in international travel.
After graduation, Mouton worked for the Marriott hotel in Boulder for two and a half years, starting at the front desk and moving into events to eventually become the executive meeting manager.
In 2004, Mouton and her then-boyfriend, now husband, traveled to Costa Rica to live.
"We put everything in storage and lived with a family," Mouton said. "We wanted to learn the language and there's no better way than to throw ourselves into it."
After nine months, the two returned to the U.S. and in 2005 moved from Boulder to Austin, Texas, where Mouton worked various jobs with hotels, including as catering manager, group sales manager and director of sales and marketing. That was also the year she received her Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE) certificate from the National Association for Catering and Events, an organization which she continues to be a part of today.
Currently, Mouton is back with Marriott at the Renaissance Austin Hotel where she is the senior sales executive, working to plan and coordinate events and conferences at the hotel, a job that she says she enjoys.
"It's something different every day," she said.
Mouton married in 2007 in Keystone. She still has family in Summit County and visits often.
"Because we still have the connection up there with my family, we try to take advantage of that as much as we can," she said.
Since moving away from Summit County, Mouton said that she's taken up golf and hunting. She loves being able to golf year round in Texas, though said she misses the changing seasons in Colorado. She prefers dove hunting "because you can sit and drink and eat while thy fly to you, so that's my kind of hunting," she said with a laugh.
Mouton looks forward to more traveling and more fun with her work in the future, currently studying for her Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE) certificate, which is sponsored by the Professional Convention Management Association.
"It's been quite a road," she said.