We chat with Victoria Garlick, CEO of air events global in this week’s Big Cheese interview.
The great thing about my job is… having the opportunity to build something from scratch. air events global is a shared economy platform for the events industry, connecting both sides of the marketplace, clients and event freelancers and the best part is seeing the result of bringing both sides together to produce something special. It is extremely satisfying building something from nothing and seeing such an overwhelming response to the shared economy platform.
The challenge for industry is… flexibility. My pain point for the business was event management students needing more flexible work whilst studying and clients saying that they needed event and hospitality staff to take ownership and responsibility as volunteers were not working out. It literally was a light bulb moment and thus, air events global was created.
My greatest achievement is… easy answer – my three children.
The biggest thing in MICE this year will be… the MEA National Conference
I try to relax by… spending time with my amazing family and friends
I don’t understand why… people don’t go off the beaten path more…
My favourite venue is… The Plaza, New York. I have the opporutnity to visit NYC every year and am always thrilled and delighted to see this iconic event venue.
I’ve always wanted to travel to… Bora Bora, the turquoise lagoon and coral reef look incredible and I see myself drinking a cocktail whilst in my bungalow over the water…
I am scared to death of… spiders
I can’t live without… being super shallow here – my iphone and laptop
I really wish I had… see above; a bungalow on the water in Bora Bora!
If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be… Maya Angelou, Oseola McCarty, Melinda Gates and Indra Nooyi.
For anyone starting out in the industry one piece of advice I’d give would be …. From Maya Angelou, I have always followed the advice of “if the world puts you on a road you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind you and you do not want to return to your place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new path”. I have lived by this advice for many years now and share this advice, when I can.