Every Friday on MeetingPlay's blog we get a little personal - we showcase our very own event professionals that are behind the scenes every day working hard to ensure the event technology solutions that MeetingPlay produces are top of the line - delighting both in user experience, and event professionals expectations.
This week we are featuring MeetingPlay's #eventprofs Jake H. (and no, not Jake from State Farm). Jake is one of MeetingPlay's go to helpers for any type of assistance - from account support to building desks and event registration kiosks and even being known as the "office hipster". Meet Jake:
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
I worked at Korean assembly line style restaurant when I was 16 years old. We were incredibly understaffed so I did everything from washing dishes, cooking the food, to service with a smile. I would say that I liked my job, but my boss wasn’t very fond of me. All of our hard working staff was consistently yelled at – and often times in a language we didn’t understand – which made it seem nearly impossible to get things done.All in all it was a good first experience in a work environment - it taught me hard work and how to stay motivated when my patience seems tested.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
I’d have to say my best friend Pat has been the biggest influence in my professional career. He’s been my best friend since 7th grade and he’s been pushing me to better ever since. In fact, I wasn’t so sure if I was going to go to college at first, so he practically filled out my applications for me and made me send them in. Something I will always be grateful for.
3. What’s your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
I would have to say the people. As a newer employee at MeetingPlay, I haven’t gotten the opportunity to travel very often, but when I’m onsite and get to see how the people are reacting to our product, and how interested they are, is a gratifying feeling.
4. What career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self, looking back?
It’s kind of hard to say, being that 18 years old was only 5 years ago for me. But if I had to say something, it would be: experience as much as you can, and enjoy it while it lasts, because time does fly by as fast as everyone says.
5. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Anything that involves sports or being active! Sports have been a huge part of my life and I can’t go a day without doing something active, or at least watching it.
Obviously "MeetingPlay Jake" (not from State Farm) is a hard worker and we're grateful here at MeetingPlay to have him on the team!
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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