An Event-Ful Conversation: Nikki

Every event professional at Red Velvet Events is an invaluable part of a dynamic team. In our “An Event-Ful Conversation” blog series, you’ll get to know these amazing people a little better. Learn how they got into this fast-paced industry, how they manage mega-level multitasking and what special skills they bring to the table to help RVE Outplan. Outplay. Outparty!

Q) Everyone has that “Aha!” moment in their life when they figure out what they really wanted to do as a career. What was the first sign that you were meant for the events and meeting industry?
A) One day, I just sat down and thought about what I wanted to do with my life. I’d considered becoming an attorney, but realized that wasn’t the right path for me. So I thought about what I enjoyed and what my main strengths were. My family always teased me for being too organized. Plus, I love attending events, whether it’s a concert, a family reunion or a birthday party. I put the two together, and voila! Event planner.

Q) How did you learn about Red Velvet Events?
A) I worked as an intern for the Office of Special Events at the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. I had the chance to work with Sarah Lo on an event she did at Zilker Park. Later, when I saw there was a job opening at RVE, I contacted Sarah right away. The rest is history!

Q) Out of all of your RVE projects, which one have you been most proud of? Why?
A) SailPoint’s customer conference, Navigate ’13. Working with them was fantastic. They were open to fun, creative ideas, and that definitely showed at the conference. This was also their first conference, so we were working with a blank slate, which was a new and exciting challenge.

Q) RVE’s love for Austin is well known. What’s your very favorite thing about Austin?
A) The food, the sunshine, the music scene and, of course, the events! But if I had to pick just one thing, it would be the laid-back, work-hard / play-hard attitude of the city. People seem to enjoy themselves here.

Q) Nothing’s perfect — not even our beloved city. If money and time were no object, what’s the one thing you would change about Austin?
A) I would relocate it near the ocean!

Q) Everyone says they’re detailed-oriented. But what secret trait about you really demonstrates your commitment to order and details?
A) I like making itineraries. A lot. When I was little, I’d go shopping with my mom and ask her exactly what stores she wanted to go to. I’d make a timeline for the day, and if we went to a store that wasn’t on this list, I’d get really upset. I’m sure she loved that!