It's easy to get wrapped up in your day to day business without giving a second thought to what your colleagues have been up to. So we are shining the light on some of the stars of Camm and Hooper. They've given us a teeny insight into their world, before, during and after work.
Katrina MacLeod - General Manager, Six Storeys on Soho
Rayna Chauhan - Senior Sales Manager, City Collection
Gabriela Rallu - Reservations Manager
Gatis Lazdans - Ops Manager, Tanner and Co
MY ALARM GOES OFF...
KM - 6:30, snooze, 6;35, snooze, 6:40 snooze, 6:45, snooze, 6:50, snooze, 6:55 snooooooze..... 09:00 sh*t I'm late!
RC - ...5AM. I aim to be out of the house by 5.45AM at the latest. I commute from sunny Bournemouth so I always have to allow for traffic.
GR - 7am then get out of bed by 7.15am Breackie with the hubby and get ready! ( I will play some reggaeton lento while getting ready)
GL - Most of the time I wake up before my alarm goes off when my morning routine kicks in. My internal alarm goes off every morning between 6:30 and 7:00am, and I immediately check my emails. It is important for me to start my day on top of any tasks or issues. I get the work done to eliminate stress that may occur and then I take my time to appreciate and to enjoy the beauty of my environment regardless of where in the world I am that day.
I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR...
KM - making everyone's life easier
RC - looking after the overall sales and events at Banking Hall as well as selling across the other City Collection venues, Grace Hall and the Victorian Bath House.
GR - Getting as many people booked in at Tanner and Co, Six Storeys and VBH BAO as possible, and oversee all public facing Venues are getting noticed too. (sharing the limelight with Events is hard as they are great!)
GL - meeting the expectations of our guests and to make sure that every single guest of our house gets the best experience ever.
I GOT MY JOB...
KM - directly from the Captain.
RC - after pestering Darren for a short time! I met Claire while she was consulting for The Concerto Group and I saw how great Camm & Hooper were and wanted a new challenge.
GR - Interviewed at Six Storeys (which I loved) with Darren, then met Holly at Tanner for a second catch up and I was in!
GL - because I luckily stumbled across Mr Jason Capper for a quick chat and the rest is a history. Idea of working with a team in a company that has maintained a boutique feel and respectable reputation is a great honour.
MY TYPICAL DAY...
KM - Involves cycling, climbing a lot of stairs, making at least 2 people laugh with a lovely glass of red at the end.
RC - is spent running between our City Collection venues for client meetings and supporting the City Collection sales team.
GR - Couple of days at HQ Temple then working at the Venues once or twice a week. Making bookings, updating reports, planning and forecasting, looking at the future bookings and maximising space to get more covers in. (and snacking at the office with my desk neighbours)
GL - One of the best things about my day is that it is never typical. Nearly every day in my week is different. This is my favourite thing about the events.
MY MOST MEMORABLE WORK MOMENT...
Oh so many.....
Doing a bum spin in a dance off with a customer who happened to be a famous Welsh Singer, being mentioned on twitter for it and the video going viral in the office....
Taking a payment for Prince Harry only for the wifi on the pdq machine to go down.... awkward....
RC - was seeing Bombay Sapphire's Laverstock Express at Banking Hall. After all the months of pitching and planning it was great to have it come together in all it's glory!
GR - Got an invite to the Graham Norton show (thank you Holly!) sat on the red chair, tried to sell C&H venues forgot to speak english and didn't make it to the air. BUT I LOVED IT.
GL - Event that will always stay in my mind is a concert I have produced for Mr Wolfgang Haffner who is a famous German Jazz drummer. It was early December and during his performance there was a power cut. As I was standing next to the stage it was easy for me to get up and take out my lighter and as it was a festive period I invited everyone to sing along with one of the most popular Christmas songs ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ - it brought all the audience together. While we were singing an associate of mine managed to get back the power. The atmosphere was amazing and understanding from the audience of 400 people that most likely would be the biggest choir I have ever sung with.
THE WORST PART OF MY JOB...
KM - Bad feedback, who likes bad feedback?!
RC - is when the planning process comes to an end. It's great fun working with our lovely clients so it's such a shame when it's all over.
GR - Monday...........
GL - what is frustrating is the mistakes you must make to learn along the way. However, every precious lesson comes at a steep price.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB...
KM - Passionate People.
RC - showing clients around our stunning and unique event spaces. They really do sell themselves.
GR - The amazing people I get to work with every single day at the office and at the venues!
GL - It takes a strong personality to be able to unleash a creative mindset without the fear of other people’s judgements. A true creative person is fearless to express his own views and I believe that I have got this trait.
KM - Fill up my diary with all my neglected friends....
RC - I try running off to a pilates class then drive back to Bournemouth. On Fridays there's always a big glass of red waiting for me at home.
GR - House-wifey work, catching up with my fave TV shows and movies, try to get some form of exercise at least once a week...ish, talk to my Latina mama everyday, read, dance, climb trees, donated blood... you know the usual. :)
GL - devote myself to Music. Music as a passion of my life has helped me to overcome my limited beliefs. The ability to explore myself with music I have considered as a gift. It is in the way in which music has enriched my life and made me a better person and offered me a place to go when the rest of the world has gone crazy.