January 2014: Month of Dan – Part 1

Our “month-of” series was originally scheduled to finish at the end of 2013, but we just keep hiring awesome people, so it will actually be going strong for the next few months. This month, we’re happy to highlight Dan Bolen, Operations Manager for the Los Angeles office. Dan joined us about a year ago and he’s already been making huge strides in the company. With his unending knowledge of the city and his dedication to our clients, Dan is a wonderful addition to the team. Find out more about Mr. Bolen below:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow would you describe a day in the life of Dan (at work?)
Anything but typical and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our fearless LA Office GM Danny Fisk keeps me challenged and on my toes with each new and unique event he has just sold to our many wonderful clients. We have a great office with a ton of creativity so there ends up a lot of discussions deciding the best way to do everything here in LA. Our whole team is complementary and brings a great perspective to selling our town, it’s just up to me to make the town bend to our clients will whenever possible. Between client contact, vendor wrangling, a few phone calls and many many many emails, my days stay busy turning proposals into reality.

You are one of the few people at The Event Team not originally from California – what made you want to move to Southern California, and what made you want to get involved in the hospitality industry?
I have been working in the event management field for since I graduated college, building a production background with live shows and festivals on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. It was really a business decision after a year of that lifestyle: Do I stay here and wait out an opportunity, or try a big city and see what kind of opportunity I can make for myself in the events/hospitality industry? While I LOVE NYC and all it has to offer, I was ready to have sunshine 24/7/52/365 and try my hand in the land of Hollywood, palm trees (although they are not native to the area!), and paparazzi traffic jams.

You just received a promotion from assistant to manager. (Congrats!) How have you seen your responsibilities shift since you started at The Event Team?
Thank you!  It’s been a huge learning process each day and program. And my role has grown since day one with Danny becoming willing to throw more and more challenges my way. I certainly don’t feel different, but I’m doing my best to build my profile and rapport with vendors and clients to facilitate easier functioning for us overall.

You are great at juggling multiple tasks and programs at the same time. How do you manage to keep all your program details and priorities straight?
Hmm…this is a great question. But I have found that my mind is wired to recognize key words and phrases I’ve grown to associate with each program. I think taking the extra second to write something down for memory later helps the most so that a casual glance at any moment can spark a thought jump.

What’s life like outside of work? Hobbies/interests?
I’ve recently been developing my culinary skills and perfecting the art of slow cooking in my crock pot (aka learning to forget about what I’m cooking and not burn the house down).  Also been crossing bucket list items off my list for a bit now having generously received a skydiving voucher for my birthday to fall out of a perfectly good airplane. Camping at the Grand Canyon and some other road trips are on the radar. We’ll see what adventures 2014 holds!

What is one of the best things about working for The Event Team? What is one of the best things about working in this industry in general?
The Event Team has been fantastic to work for since I arrived on the scene to assist Danny in getting the LA office afloat. This company’s dedication to developing an individual as a professional is unparalleled in many of the places I have worked. Each day, week, and month is about growth. This industry however, seemed to pull me in the more I worked on events. The best part about hospitality can often be the worst, but undeniably is the people. I have met a pretty incredible swath of society and it keeps my life interesting.  Here’s to the strangers of 2014 who become friends and acquaintances!