This month, we’re highlighting Dick Burson, our National Sales Manager. Dick has been involved in San Diego’s hospitality industry for many years, and has yet to make an enemy! He is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and we are so glad he is part of the team!
How would you describe a day in the life of Dick?
Feed La La our coon hound, have a cup of vanilla nut coffee, water the fuchsias then head for TET. Unless it’s Saturday morning…my Chevy truck stops at all garage sales!
You are well-known in San Diego’s hospitality industry. Can you tell us how you got your start and a little bit about your journey to The Event Team?
I started in Guest Services at the San Diego Convention Center, moved on to tour guiding for DMCs, Old Town Trolley and the San Diego Zoo. I’ve been full time in the DMC world since 1999.
You’ve been involved in several leadership positions within the industry (SDMPI, HSMAI, etc.) – what do you like about being involved in these kinds of organizations?
I enjoy working in small groups to accomplish a common goal, and having the opportunity to make a contribution.
People are always quick to point out what a nice and helpful person you are. How do you manage to stay so kind and calm, especially in such a demanding, stressful, high-energy industry? Give us some of your secrets!
I enjoy helping people. Just sharing information helps folks see solutions. And they’re genuinely appreciative.
What is one of the best things about working for The Event Team?
The people and the great creative support.
What is one of the best things about working in this industry in general?
Hospitality industry people here in San Diego are open and are eager to help. All one has to do is give them the opportunity.
Describe a shining moment and/or highlight a memorable event you played a key role in.
I recently put together a fishing trip for Wounded Warriors. On May 7 thirty-five Warriors, from Camp Pendleton and Navy Regional Medical Center San Diego, along with their friends and family members, met at Seaforth Landing for a ½ day on the water. The boat and crew, tackle, licenses, coffee, pastries, donuts, food, sodas, snacks and prizes were all donated. One fellow told me it was the most fun he’d had in four years.
What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of work/ what do you love about these hobbies? I fish and really enjoy being on the water. I garden because it’s wonderful helping things grow. And I garage ‘sale’ – one man’s trash!