Director of Conference & Event Planning
Fatma Spanton joined Cal Poly Corporation in 2012 as its Director of Conference and Event Planning. She oversees conference and event operations for more than 125 conferences and events held at Cal Poly each year. In addition, she manages summer housing accommodations for the university. Fatma has more than 15 years of experience in hotel, event and convention center management. This includes positions in five-star hotel management, and coordinating events and conventions for Europe’s largest convention center in Istanbul, Turkey.
She is foundation chair for the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and has spent several years volunteering with a military Family Readiness Group (FRG).
Fatma has a Bachelor of Science degree with dual focus in business administration/tourism and hotel management. She is also a certified mediator and is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree.
Conference and Event Coordinator
Kristi Hogue has worked in the event planning industry for more than 16 years. She has held a variety of positions overseeing events across the Central Coast. Prior to her role with Cal Poly Conference & Event Planning, she was a logistics coordinator and Maitre‘d with Haute Catering and Events, where she was responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of wedding day catering services. Previously, she oversaw weddings and events for CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin and the Highlands Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel. Locally, Kristi served as the banquet manager at Steamers of Pismo Beach and the director of catering for the Inn at Morro Bay.
Kristi is a volunteer member of the Earth Day Alliance, a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the annual SLO Earth Day Fair and Music Festival. She was an active coordinator and organizer from 2012 to 2015, and currently assists and consults as needed.
Kristi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Sonoma State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Cuesta College.
Senior Accounting Analyst
Tammy Farrell supervises the daily operations of all accounting functions for Conference and Event Planning. She has been with the Cal Poly Corporation since 1988, holding various accounting roles with the University Store. She started as a cash accountability clerk and advanced to senior accounting analyst, overseeing all accounting and financial reporting duties for the bookstore and satellite operations. In this role Tammy also worked with the store director and department managers to develop and coordinate the store’s annual operating budgets.