An Event-Ful Conversation: Tanzi

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. Out party!

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) I’ve always loved working with people. For several years, I worked in the client service industry; but early last year, I started to feel uninspired and burned out. I liked my job, but knew that I was capable of doing much more. That was when I realized that, in addition to working with people, I wanted a job that challenged me on a daily basis. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity”. I believe that if we don’t feel driven and challenged in our careers, it can start to affect other parts of our lives. Soon after that realization – almost like it was meant to be – I learned about Red Velvet Events! I could go on for hours about why I love my job, but one of my favorite things is the fact that Cindy pushes us to better ourselves both personally and professionally.

Q) How did you learn about Red Velvet Events?
A) I learned about RVE through my long-time best friend, Christa. After she started her job as Executive Administrator and EA to the President here at RVE, she did nothing but rave about how wonderful it was to work with Cindy and the whole team. So I did some research of my own, and the more I learned about the company, the more I fell in love with it. From then on, I wanted more than anything to join the team, and I am so honored to be a part of it today!

Q) Out of all of your RVE projects, which one have you been most proud of? Why?
A) This question is a little tricky for me since the work I do is mainly behind the scenes. But I do have to say that I take great pride in keeping up with all the madness that takes place within RVE! By handling a number of internal projects – including maintaining and updating our databases, handling all of our inbound calls and general emails, keeping our office space neat and organized, and more – I know what I do makes things easier for the rest of my team, and I am proud of that.

Q) RVE’s love for Austin is well known. What’s your very favorite thing about Austin?
A) Oh gosh, it’s so hard to pick just one thing when what I want to say is everything! But if I had to choose, I would say that I absolutely love the people who live here. Austin is such a lovely community of progressive minded individuals, from go-getting new business owners to free-spirited yogis, and we are all so accepting of each other. I love the fact that I can walk into a nice restaurant in sweatpants and not even get a second glance.

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) The traffic! This city is so wonderful that I understand why it’s attracted so many people, but I wish I could build a dozen more highways. Okay, maybe not a dozen, but definitely enough to help with our rush hour congestion!

Q) Everyone says they’re detailed-oriented. But what secret trait about you really demonstrates your commitment to order and details?
A) After writing my grocery list, I re-write it in the order in which my store is laid out. My friends and family think it’s silly, but it really does help! Who has time to run from one end of the store to the other for one little forgotten item?