David took the leap from the Gold Coast to Sydney to make his career in the big smoke. After lots of hard work and dedication, he’s contributing to events such as Mardi Gras, and has dreams of starting his own event management company.
Originally from the Gold Coast, I was 19 when I secured my first role in hospitality at Hayman Island Resort in the Great Barrier Reef. Working on the island gave me a taste of the hospitality and events industry and I knew this was the career I would pursue. A year later I knew I had to get serious about my career so I took a leap of faith and moved to the big smoke – Sydney!
Once in Sydney, I was thrilled to become the event manager for Trippas White Group at just 21 years of age. I was responsible for four venues and in charge of all event management. This was a huge responsibility but I thrived in the busy role. My portfolio of events while working in this role included private, corporate functions and weddings from 20 guests up to 1500.
Looking back on my key achievements through my career, I would have to say that maintaining my business relationships and ensuring the best outcomes for each stakeholder has been pivotal in my success. I often attend networking events in Sydney to meet people in the industry and create new opportunities.
For example I met Deb Carr, from Voxy Lady Speakers a few years ago and due to my following up, she became my corporate mentor, and to this day is someone I ring when I need some advice.
I have strived to embrace every role I have and to win the respect of my team and clients. Thankfully through hard work, determination, networking, helping others and the ability to spot new business opportunities, I have managed to be successful despite these very hard economic times.
My freelance event portfolio has given me the opportunity to work with Mindshare Events, On Q Event Management, EA Directory, and Voxy Lady Speakers Bureau. The events ranged from charity events, corporate events, networking events, breakfast briefings and corporate supplier exhibitions. 2013 will truly be a successful year as I work on some major event projects within Australia and New Zealand.
In March 2012, I was offered an opportunity to move into the IT industry for Arkadin Global. I am responsible for business development within Australia and global account management within APAC. This sees me continually liaising with my team in Europe. It’s fantastic that I am respected within my team to be given this opportunity to provide growth and support globally.
As I look back on 2012 and look forward to 2013, I am excited about the opportunities to continue to build my career and at the same time give that little extra by freelancing as an event manager, including working on projects with Mindshare Events, On Q Event Management, and EA Directory on a new series of corporate and business events. This might sound like a lot of hard work but the only way to turn a dream into a reality is to give 100 per cent and more!
My five year goal is to own my own sensational event management company, and that dream will become my reality because I will have put in all the hard work and will reap the rewards. Then I can do what I love the most – spending time with my friends and family by the beach.
“David joined the company with no previous sales experience in the virtual collaboration world, but impressed with his raw energy, his drive and ambition, and his willingness to embrace new ideas and learning. He’s an excellent networker and well-connected, which has helped him succeed in his role. David’s passion to succeed and his keen sense of spotting business opportunities will ensure he continues to develop and grow as a rounded high achiever. He demonstrates to the team how to develop good business relationships and how to leverage these in a positive win-win approach for mutual benefit.” – Martin Flinders – Northern Region Sales Manager, Arkadin Global