We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of David Kramer
Position: Event Planning Manager
Start Year: 2004
What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Area Director for a medical records management company. I oversaw operations related to the release of medical information at 14 sites throughout southeastern Michigan. Working with lawyers, sad or angry family members, and hospital infrastructure was not exactly a fun time.
Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? An old friend brought me here, really. I had served in the Americorps National Civilian Corps (NCCC) program after graduating from college, and though it was very influential for me, I was also very ready to move on at the end of my service term. A few years later, it turned out that multiple individuals from that program had started working at Event 360, and they came calling. The chance to work with these people again, and in this line of work was something I couldn’t pass up. And also, I mean, medical records…
If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? It’s possible that I would have gone back to school to become an accountant. But it’s also possible that the appeal of that job comes primarily when the ridiculous nature of my current position really gets to me. Truth is I’m not sure exactly, but it’d be wherever life led me.
Favorite part of your job? People. Always the people. Co-workers first, then all others combined–clients, participants and volunteers, vendors, site contacts, etc.
Other great parts (even though you didn’t ask)–the every-now-and-then realization that the work I do has a profound effect on others; stepping back when I’m looking at the beach and listening to the waves crash while on event and realizing this is actually my job; stepping back when I’m yelling at a toilet vendor and listening to a dumpster scraping along the parking lot and realizing that this is actually my job; and on and on.
What do you like to do in your free time? The usual really – see friends, visit family, enjoy delicious food and drink, joke around and have fun, travel, get out of the city (doesn’t happen as much as I’d like), oh, and play bocce.
Most memorable event experience? Wow, tough question. So many of them. I’ll go with ensuring that the Susan G. Komen Washington, D.C. 3-Day would go on despite the government shut down which had effectively eliminated several miles and several pit stops along the route due to the National Park Service being closed. Very impressive movements from the entire team to keep this one together, and I’m proud to have played a role. Never mind the torrential rains we then had during the actual event weekend
You’re showing off your hometown to a friend who has never been to visit before. What’s on your must see/do/eat list? See – I love to give a good driving tour. As short or as long as you like, Atlanta has such a variety of neighborhoods, parks, architecture, etc. within close distance of one another you can see a lot without leaving the city. Many people only think of the airport or traffic on the highways when they think of Atlanta, so I love to show what else it has to offer. Do/Eat – Again, Atlanta really has a lot to offer on these fronts and I like to align with a friend’s mood, the weather (outdoors or indoors?), time of year (sports?), where they’re from (don’t take a Californian to a Mexican restaurant), etc. So many options, often not something people know about Atlanta, and will cater to suit.
On event, what three things are we guaranteed to find in your bag? All about practicality here: clipboard – one that opens so I can put stuff in it, my Leatherman, of course, and sunblock.
One word to describe Event 360? Industrious.