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Introducing Jamie Bonner, one of ETM’s event and travel experts

Jamie BonnerIntroducing Jamie Bonner, one of Event Travel Management’s (ETM’s) experienced and passionate event and travel experts. Read on to learn more about Jamie’s expertise and why she loves what she does!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in meetings & events. 

I’ve been in the events industry for about 18 years now, I started off working in venues and then moved across to agency work. It was a bit of a shock to the system when I first moved, I thought I knew everything about events, but I soon realised that the ACTUAL event (e.g. conference or dinner) is a small part of the entire program. It was a huge learning curve, I soon became familiar with organising flights, accommodation, ground operators, websites, registration site builds and SO much more! Oh, and I’m a busy mum of two young boys who are at the heart of everything I do.  

What does your day-to-day look like with ETM? 

My day usually involves checking in with my teams in QLD and WA, going through workflow resourcing with my colleagues in the different states, pulling together budgets and proposals, reaching out to clients, working collaboratively with the sales and account management teams, ensuring we are on top of the latest solutions with our Suppliers and planning incredible solutions for our clients.

What has been your biggest learning during your time in the industry? 

Learning about all the different components that go into an event, it may just seem like organising some food and drinks and a bit of entertainment, but there are so many elements to making an event successful. 

Do you have a favourite career highlight so far? 

The highlight has definitely been all the different countries that I have had the privilege to travel to for work. 

What do you consider the biggest benefit of utilising a professional events agency? 

Definitely our expertise in the field. We are not just here to take instructions and do admin work. We will offer advice, solutions, alternatives and creative ideas – all with the aim of delivering an excellent and engaging program for the attendees. 

Over the next 12 months, what are you most looking forward to career-wise? 

I am looking forward to working with some of the best in the business when it comes to travel and events. As well as continuing to learn and grow as a leader and inspire and encourage my team to learn and grow as well. 

Any tips or advice for those looking to get back to face-to-face events in 2022? 

Make sure you have a good risk management plan so that if something happens during the event, you have an action plan in place. A good, professional events agency like ETM will always discuss this with you. 

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