November: Month of Katie – Part 1

November is the month of Katie; a fitting month since we are also celebrating her nomination as a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. For the past two years, Katie has had her hands in all the cookie jars at The Event Team as Executive Assistant, from creating proposals to keeping the office running smoothly, to executing major design/creative projects for the company and more. Don’t let that shy demeanor fool you – she is a force to be reckoned with and such a strong part of the team! Read a recent interview with Katie below, and find out more about her here!
WEBSITE-KatieHow would you describe a day in the life of Katie (at work?)
No two days are the same for me. From assisting Dick and Billy on their proposals, invoices, letter of agreements and contacting vendors, to running errands, ordering supplies, working on design/marketing projects, and office administration tasks… I stay pretty busy.

You started out as a sales & marketing intern with The Event Team. What made you want to get involved in the hospitality industry?
I went to school for Interior Design at the Design Institute of San Diego. Thanks to the economy crashing shortly after I graduated, I quickly gave up on trying to find a job in that industry. I started interning with The Event Team to get my foot in the door in the event world. A position opened up while I was interning and I was in! Two years later, I still really enjoy what I’m doing.

Congrats on your recent nomination for SDBJ’s Women Who Mean Business! Name one woman who has inspired you personally or professionally and why.
Why thank you! Absolutely number #1 person in my life is my mom. We have been through a lot together and she has taught me so much. She would bend over backwards for me. Professionally she has taught me a lot too. She is an extremely hard and dedicated worker and she recently retired after working 40 years at SDG&E. Crazy!

You have a such strong design background and creative eye, both of which have come in handy for projects at The Event Team. What has been one of your favorite design projects thus far?
Most rewarding was probably working on a block party we had earlier this year. I created all the CAD drawings needed to submit to the city. It was great to use my college education! I also love working on every graphic design project I get to do.

Tell us about your volunteer work? Any other hobbies/interests?
I’m a board member and volunteer with San Diego Spaniel Rescue (www.sdsr.org). I help run the website and social media as well as being a foster home to some of our available dogs. I volunteer at adoption events throughout the county and love to get SDSR’s name out there and educate people on the importance of dog rescues. Right before I started interning with The Event Team, I volunteered at an orphanage in India for two months. It was such an amazing experience and I hope to go back one day. Other hobbies? I swam competitively for most of my life, so I try to get in the pool as much as I can.

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?
Besides the people I work with…seeing new venues. I was born and raised in San Diego and being in this industry really makes you get out there and see all the things this city has to offer.