Why I love Events! Kelly

Why I love Events! AG
February 4, 2021
Why I love Events! Kagney
February 4, 2021

Love is in the air… which usually would make me cinch my mask tighter. I am not the mushy type, but we decided to reflect on why we are all here in the first place, and I can’t help it. When I was going off to college, I had a plan on exactly where I would be at this point. Let’s just say, coordinating weddings and being the administrator for a venue management firm was not it. I went off to CU Boulder with over ambitious ideas of becoming a surgeon one day. My first weekend on campus though I was lucky enough to come across a job I desperately needed.  I was the newest Banquet and Events server for Centerplate Catering.  Well, the first few weeks went off well, and I ended up working a lot more then I originally imagined, picking up anything I could manage and spending any free time I  had working alongside my Banquet manager to get things to run as smoothly as possible (and polishing countless hours of silverware.) After working on my first, and their biggest, wedding I was completely hooked. I remember the day that my manager asked me why was an Integrative Physiology major, (Yeah, honestly it took me the last fifteen minutes to even remember the name of that) and something really struck me. I wanted it for all of the wrong reasons, and I had already found something that I was (a) very good at, and (b) would not cost me 100,000+ of tuition and 8+ years of schooling. After that I decided to transfer to MSU Denver to finish my degree in their Hospitality Department, with a concentration in Event Management. I thank my dumb little 18-year-old self for making that change every day, and it’s not just because I am not paying off student loans until the day I die.  

Metro has a great program and I was able to fall more in love with events over the next 3 years, but as anyone who’s actually worked for events knows, you have no idea what it’s really like until you’re in it. Enter stage left with Adrienne, and The Gardner Effect.  Working with Adrienne and our team was amazing, and I loved every minute of assisting. The thing is though that you don’t really know if you love something until that love gets tested… My first solo wedding was... Truly. Terrible. Everything went fine for the couple, personally it was just one of the worst days of my life. Ha. So, it makes you wonder why after literally crying the entire way home why I decided to accept a full-time position with TGE the next day? Because what I truly fell in love with was TGE. Adrienne really, (do not make it weird HR.) I love working for a strong female leader, who wants to make an impact on the world. I love the way we have evolved over the years and my personal growth that Ive been able to achieve. 

 After a year like this, it would have been easy to run for the hills for something stable or sustainable, but I had all the faith that not only would we survive 2020, but that all of our team’s hard work would pay off immensely and it would turn out to be a year for us to flourish. Our team faced some changes this year, but I truly love working with everyone here and I can’t wait to continue to crush our goals and expand in all the ways that we really want to. I work for a company that knows what it wants for the future, and I can’t wait to continue to be a part of it.  

Kelly Knopp
Kelly Knopp
OPERATIONS MANAGER for TGE. Power house behind our venue services. gardnereffect.com

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