Alyssa just moved on to a new adventure: she’s joined her father’s company where she will learn the business and be groomed to take the reins someday. Before she left, we asked her for her perspective on her time here.
What was your favorite event or type of event to work on?
I loved planning the annual Driver’s Village Christmas Party! It’s such a great event they host for their employees. I love getting to bring the theme to life, starting with a blank slate, watching the kids get to experience the event with so much excitement!
What other venues were your favorites to produce events at?
I had the opportunity to go to so many amazing and unique locations and venues. My short list would include Suzanne’s Fine Regional Cuisine, the NYS Preparedness Training Center, the Oncenter, the Double Tree (I love working with Linda!), and the Landmark Theatre.
What was your biggest challenge?
The trial by fire of being thrown into a planner position: I was hired as a full-time employee before my internship was even supposed to be over and as the only planner I had to hit the ground running and manage all of the details for each event. But it was also one of my biggest successes.
What was your biggest success/proudest moment?
Completing the very first event I was involved in from start to finish – the Mayor’s Ball. Not to mention the [Hancock] airport was a great venue to transform.
Favorite part of the job?
Getting to work first hand with clients and bringing visions to life!
Least favorite part of the job?
Late night (or should I say early morning) load-outs.
What’s the most valuable lesson you learned in the last three years?
Don’t procrastinate! It will come back to bite you… or at least cost you extra money.
What is the strangest or most original thing you ever had to do for an event?
Making a chuppah out of a bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress.
What will you miss most about TEC?
My work family, although I know we will stay in touch.
Good luck Alyssa!