We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Joann Collins!
Position: Senior Copywriter, Susan G. Komen 3-Day®
Start Year: 2004
What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I worked for CauseForce and prior to that, Pallotta TeamWorks, working on the 3-Day. The last jobs I had in my pre-3-Day life were in the film business, as a screenwriter and creative exec.
Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Patrick Riley! I had just had my first baby and was planning to take a full year off from work, but Patrick convinced me that he had the perfect job for me. And he was right.
If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? I’d love to just spend my days writing and reading and dragging my kids along on long walks.
Favorite part of your job? Solving problems and figuring out puzzles, whether that’s figuring out the best way to say something in order to make a complicated thing clearer, or figuring out how to bend Convio to my will to make an html email or webpage work.
What do you like to do in your free time? Hang out with my kids. Play tennis, go hiking. I also read a lot, cook a lot, and try to visit good restaurants when I can.
Most memorable event experience? The first 3-Day I staffed, we used to hand out a printed paper newsletter each morning that was written the night before so the news could be timely. This was in San Francisco, and I remember driving to a 24-hour Kinko’s at 1:00 a.m. in the thickest fog I’d ever seen. I made it back to camp around 5:00 a.m., just in time to start handing out the newspaper. After camp had closed down to move on to the next location, I got into my event van, drove a few miles down the road, pulled over and took a nap in the back for the rest of the morning.
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? It’s hard to know which town to answer this question about. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Los Angeles two years ago, and I’m moving back to Los Angeles soon, but I’ll stick with some Bay Area highlights: Hike the Land’s End Trail, drive across the Golden Gate bridge and view it from the Marin side, go the beach at Half Moon Bay, visit the Exploratorium (an absolute must if you have kids), lunch at the Ferry Building, drive to Napa and drink lots of great wine and eat lots of great food.
On event, what three things are we guaranteed to find in your bag? I’m rarely on event, but in general I am always guaranteed to carry: Wet Ones, band aids, and a book to read.
One word to describe Event 360? Two words (sorry) and cribbed from our values list – Great People.