Each Friday on the MeetingPlay blog - we get a little bit personal. We share the hardworking, talented and dedicated faces behind MeetingPlay's mobile event apps and event event technology. This week we meet one of MeetingPlay's #eventprofs, account manager Allie D.
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
I held my first job when I was 17, at a local ice cream shop. It was located inside of a gas station, which was conveniently located right by my parent’s house. I made $7/hour and it was one of the best summers of my life! I worked with four of my best girlfriends, ate all of the free ice cream/food one could dream of, and we were given access to coordinate the work week schedules, giving us the advantage to work together and take off together.
Although I was an exceptional ice scream scooper and had biceps like the Hulk, it never failed that 5 minutes before closing, that a little league team would come by for ice cream after winning a big game. We would fib that the flurry/milkshake machine was broken so we didn’t have to make a dozen of them before close. (We would also give our friends free food in exchange for helping us by cleaning the grill, mopping the floor, and stocking inventory for the next day.)
It was the prime local hangout spot where all of our friends would stop in grab a bite to eat and hang outside on cool summer nights. Many great memories happened at that ice cream shop and we were fortunate enough to work another summer together before the shop went out of business.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
My father because he continues to push me to be the best person and professional that I can be. He inspires me to think outside of the box and embellish an entrepreneurial spirit by working hard and maintaining short term and long term goals. He has always worked hard to get where he is in life and values every dollar earned.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the events industry?
I am new when it comes to the interactive world of event technology, however I have 5 years of combined experience working as an event coordinator and in event rental sales. I am looking forward to growing my skill set and working in the event tech field ! I also value networking and building/maintaining successful client relationships. I love a good challenge and MeetingPlay is giving me the opportunity to learn and expand my professional expertise.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
I would tell my 18-year-old self that change is the only constant and to embrace it. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s how you learn and move on that ultimately sets the tone for your future. I would also tell myself to save more money.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I am a wanderer at heart and enjoy memorable experiences with friends and family. My favorite place I have been to is Austin, TX! I absolutely loved the vibe and culture the city offered. I also love planning and designing weddings. I have always been a planner at heart and enjoy bringing people together to celebrate such an unforgettable day! For any event professional that has seen the movie "27 Dresses" - that is my life. I have attended and been in more weddings then what’s deemed normal…
Interested in learning more about what MeetingPlay's careers in event technology can be like? MeetingPlay is expanding, and we want to add you to the team! Want to learn more about the most engaging mobile event app and join the team?
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