An Event-Ful Conversation: Sarah
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) After realizing how much I enjoyed organizing my personal life and how I actually missed working with spreadsheets and Excel formulas after being away from them for years (my previous job did not require them), I knew that event planning was my calling. People always say that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That has definitely been my experience!
Q) How did you learn about Red Velvet Events?
A) I was technically a part of Red Velvet Events during its inception, as I remember sitting there with the owner, Cindy Lo, one evening when she was trying to brainstorm what to call the company. However, it never occurred to me that I should actually join the team! Truthfully, I was a little skeptical of what working with my older sister would be like. (Just kidding, Cindy!) Thankfully, all has worked out well. I’m glad I have helped to contribute to such a successful and continuously growing company that truly sets the standards for the event industry.
Q) Out of all of your RVE projects, which one have you been most proud of? Why?
A) Not to sound too cliché, but I really can’t pinpoint just one project. I recently reached my fifth anniversary as a full-time employee at RVE, and I’m very honored that I’ve had the opportunity to have first-hand experience with every position within the company. As a member of of the Operations team, I’m able to see our organization’s needs and what kinds of experience we’re looking for when we grow our team. At the same time, when we’re in a position where business has been good and I need to jump in to manage an account, I can seamlessly do that as well. I wear so many hats at RVE – and I love that!
Q) RVE’s love for Austin is well known. What’s your very favorite thing about Austin?
A) I’ve been in Austin for over a decade. Initially, I thought Austin needed more of a culinary presence. I wasn’t impressed with the few restaurant chains that were available within the city back then. It’s amazing to see that Austin is now the one setting the culinary bar, while other cities are striving to have the high caliber of local, fresh and all-natural ingredients that many of our restaurants offer.
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) Traffic! No doubt about it!
Q) Everyone says they’re detailed-oriented. But what secret trait about you really demonstrates your commitment to order and details?
A) I color-code my closet according to ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet). I separate likes with likes during checkout at the grocery store, along with the cold versus non-cold food. I format all of my documents heavily before sending them out. I can proofread things and easily spot the mistakes or “what’s wrong with this picture.” When there’s a group discussion and no one knows the answer to the question at hand, before anyone can think twice, I’m already online trying to find the answer so it can be presented ASAP. I lined every drawer in my new home, even though it was laborious and I knew that I wouldn’t be using every drawer. And that’s just a few of the examples I can think of off the top of my head!