This week we get the pleasure of meeting Matt Marsland, one of our Corporate Account Managers. If you’ve booked an office Christmas party or a summer party you may well have dealt with Matt before. Either way, let’s learn a bit more about the man behind the parties.
How long have you been part of the Eventa family?
I started working for Eventa in June 2012 as part of the shared sales team, which was a great introduction to the company. When the position for Account Manager came up in 2014 I knew I had to apply and I haven’t looked back!
What is your favourite part of working for Eventa?
I would say the team! The Eventa team are all amazing and work so well together. I also get the opportunity to work on some really interesting events, meet some great people, and do the job I love! No two days are ever the same.
What is your background and experience in the events sector?
I studied events management at Leeds University which I thoroughly enjoyed! After leaving university I worked for a production company which specialised in Arabian themed events.
How did you get into the events industry?
I volunteered at a local festival when I left school and loved every minute of it, the events industry is so varied and exciting that there and then I knew this was the career path for me.
And what would you suggest to those out there who are looking to get into the events industry?
Experience is essential! If you’re serious about getting into events then I would suggest volunteering at every possible opportunity. Get in contact with your local charities and festival organisers, the experience you gain will be invaluable!
Don’t worry the easy questions are coming now; what is your favourite drink?
Oooh I’d say a gin and tonic, slim line if I’m watching the waistline!
What about your favourite canapé?
I went to an event recently where they served deep fried macaroni and cheese, they were divine!
What are your 3 top tips to ensure a successful event?
1. Listen to your client and their needs. Work with you client to get an understanding of exactly what they want to achieve from the day.
2. Plan, plan, plan! There is bound to be something that doesn’t go exactly to plan but keep calm and you’ll find a solution!
3. Work with trusted suppliers! Sounds simple but working with suppliers you can trust can make such a big difference and take away unnecessary stress!
Finally, what are the best and worst secret Santa gift(s) you’ve received?
Best gift, that would have to be a desktop basketball game!
The worst would have to an expired Pizza Express voucher (that wasn’t since I’ve been with Eventa!)
So now we know! Avoid gifting Matt expired vouchers and get him anything that can be played at his desk!