SVP, Account ServiceNVE Experience Agency
What was the most memorable event you’ve worked on?
To announce that Amazon Prime Video was available in-flight, NVE worked with Amazon to create a pop-up movie theater inside the largest-ever Amazon shipping container dropped in the JetBlue terminal at JFK. This was a personal passion project of mine for a number of reasons. It was the first project I oversaw at NVE from conception through execution and something that would lay the foundation for a new relationship—and true partnership—between Amazon and NVE for the next several years.
What was the aha moment that made you love events?
I had two. The first was in high school after I hosted my first parents-aren’t-home party. Most would have bought red cups and called it a day, but I decided it had to be luau themed. With decorations, photos ops, and Malibu Rum pineapple drinks served in coconuts. The next was Cabo Wabo, and then western…you get the idea.
Second was during my first job post-college. I was working at an advertising agency and volunteered to plan the company’s holiday party. I realized during the process that I enjoyed my volunteer role far more than the job for which I was actually getting paid. I started applying for new event-related jobs a few months later.
Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?
Never let your lack of experience on paper be a reason to not attempt something new. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. A little discomfort and fear of failure is healthy—that’s where you push your potential, learn, and grow.