Introducing Jamie De Re, the newest member to join the Staging Connections South East Queensland office and an event extraordinaire! No stranger to Staging Connections, Jamie is returning to his roots in Brisbane after leaving his post at Sydney's Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. Armed with a wealth of event experience having worked across Brisbane and Sydney for a number of years at top AV companies and in-house at leading venues, we are so excited to welcome Jamie to the team!
From farmer to foodie there's a lot you probably don't know about Jamie. We were lucky enough to spend 5 minutes with Jamie so you can get to know your latest Account Manager.
- What makes you excited about your new role?
- Where else have you worked in the events industry?
- What was your favourite event you’ve worked on and why?
- What are the most important elements in delivering a great event?
On paper my purpose is to manage and deliver events whilst offering service to very high standard - which is what Staging Connections have become known for. But underneath this, I'm really an organiser and mad planner at heart - it's what I do best and this role let's me use my super human task master abilities whilst also letting me unleash my creative side. It's events after all and great events are those that are creative and push the boundaries.
There’s nothing more satisfying for me than delivering an event which has something new and different. I love creating that wow factor and experience for people. That is why I am in this industry and love doing what I do.
After I graduated from the JMC Academy with a diploma in Audio Engineering I was lucky enough to secure a Sound Engineer role with Aisle 6 Productions. It gave me my first real taste of the world of events and AV and I knew I was hungry for more. From here I was snapped up by Fairchild Multimedia and worked as an AV Venue Manager. This role gave me great exposure to delivering live corporate events and how in-house AV production works. I then moved across to work within the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) as their in-house AV project manager before moving down to Sydney to work with AVPartners at Four Seasons Sydney in event sales. It wasn't an easy road to get where I am today, but all of my studies and experience together provided invaluable experience and helped continue opening the next door for me.
My favourite event to date would be G20 Leaders' Summit in 2014 held at BCEC. I was assigned the role as Project Manager for the International Media Centre, Bi-Lateral Meeting Rooms and Press Conference Rooms. The event was a logistical challenge as there were so many parties involved in executing elements like broadcast, exhibition builds, media, catering, and security. I had to ensure we worked to a tight build schedule as each project needed to be completed before the next one could start. In addition to managing external suppliers and AV teams onsite, I also quoted, sourced and managed all aspects of production for these areas based on client requirements.
From an AV perspective, the event was seamless. The months of pre planning and working with an experienced and dedicated team paid off. It was great to be part of such a high profile event on a global scale and I learnt a lot from the experience.
I believe the most important elements in delivering a great event are:
- Be creative and think outside the box
- Organisation & Planning
Communication is the most important factor of these three. An event is about information and ideas and it’s my job to get that information from my clients, offer my experience and ideas and then communicate that to all relevant parties involved in delivering the event. If communication falls short between any parties, then the event is at risk of not being seamless.
I grew up on an apple orchard in Stanthorpe and have an endless supply of apples during the season. So if you're in the market for apples, I'm your man.
I’m a foodie so outside of work I’ll typically be trying a new restaurant, attending food and wine festivals or cooking for friends and family at home. Also love listening to and playing music doing some small gigs around Brisbane or taking a weekend trip back to the farm and helping out the family during the season.
I think the use of smart phones and apps will continue to grow in popularity and ability. We are finding they are becoming more and more popular for polling, Q&A, brand exposure and program schedules but I think there will be even more creative apps and ways to use these moving forward. We all have a smart phone or device that we carry around daily so it makes sense to use these in creative and effective ways.
Nothing terribly exciting when it comes to nicknames. I get JD a bit but that’s just my initials and my last office came up with Ja’mie which is Chris Lilly’s character in Summer Heights High. No resemblance with the character though, right?!
Well that's all folks! Jamie started working from the SEQ Sales Office last week so you're sure to have the pleasure of meeting him soon!
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