Meet our new Event Manager, Kamile Klimaviciute
January 30, 2019
We regularly profile someone from our team so that
you can get to know us better. This month, we want you to meet our new Event
Manager, Kamile Klimaviciute, who joined us in November – welcome Kamile!
What was your first job?
My first job was at
the Carmelite Hotel in Aberdeen when doing my undergraduate degree. I quickly
became a team leader by gaining experience working in the restaurant, as well
as in events. I was very interested in the work, and
this allowed me to start investing time to develop a career in hospitality!
What are the highlights of your career so far?
A definite highlight was becoming duty manager at Ferryhill House Hotel
in Aberdeen, which was my first managerial job. This was a great learning curve
and the opportunity to work with fantastic mentors. It also really helped to
find out what sort of leader I want to be.
Another highlight was being promoted to a senior supervisor while working
at the George Hotel in Edinburgh. I remember being very proud and scared at the
same time – if you work in weddings it has to be perfect. It’s one of the most important days of our
clients’ lives and I had to ensure each one went flawlessly!
What do you love
about your job?
I love the feeling following a successful event! There’s nothing better
than the client and their guests being satisfied and thrilled by the great experience
they have had at The Hub.
I also love the teamwork here at The Hub – we work smoothly like a well-oiled
machine! No event would happen without the whole team’s hard work.
What is your best
tip for those who want to enter event management?
It’s essential to truly care about the client, staff and the event
itself. It’s also important to be honest, open and to have really strong organisational skills.
What are your tips for a successful event?
To ensure a
successful event, planning the required resources ahead of the day is vital. It’s
important to think of events from every guest’s perspective – it helps to think
through everything from logistical issues like accessibility to making sure
there’s sufficient time for enjoying a meal!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
‘If you find what you love to do, you will never have
to work another day in your life’. I
love what I do, and I find pleasure in that.
What is your favourite place in Edinburgh?
I have fallen in love with several places in Edinburgh: I love the
streets and history of the Old Town and its wonderful views across the New
Town; and I find the views from the Royal Forth Yacht Club in Granton both
tranquil and inspiring. I enjoy finding
those special little places across the city.
What is your most treasured possession?
Ford Focus is my proudest possession, as I’ve had many road trips and
adventures in that car!
Who would you like to meet?
From a professional perspective,
it would have to be Colin Cowie or David Tutera – these world-class event
managers always create unique and once-in-a-lifetime events. To meet them would
be very interesting and inspiring.
What is your
favourite treat from Cafe Hub?
An Americano! The coffee quality at Cafe Hub is great and I am definitely a coffee person – it wakes me up in the morning and keeps me energised through the day’s events.