With a love for creating joyful moments and memories, Jago gravitated towards hospitality from a young age. He started his career as an apprentice chef at 15 and remained in the kitchen for seven years.
Jago knew he wanted to move to front of house when he began cooking live for customers in restaurants, where he would enjoy sharinghis knowledge and telling stories as he cooked.
Jago worked in front facing senior management roles in the hospitality industry before landing a sales role, and has never looked back. His previous roles include Rooms Division Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing, most recently for the Brisbane Marriot and Sofitel Brisbane prior to the Brisbane Showgrounds, as well as projects for the Commonwealth Games, Olympics and G20.
Cat has more than 20 years' experience in hospitality and events including working on high-profile events such as the G20, AFC Asian Cup and Australian Ladies Masters.
The connection with people is what Cat enjoys most about the industry. Her wealth of experience allows her to work very closely with clients, connecting them with the rightvenue space to suit their needs and offering them advice on how they can enhance their event.
Her previous roles include Director of Meetings and Events for Crown Plaza Hotels and Sofitel Brisbane Central.
Jill is incredibly passionate about the Brisbane Showgrounds brand she represents.
With a focus on bringing events to life, Jill is known for wowing clients by takingthem outside the box of what they think they can achieve at this diverse venue.
With more than 15 years' experiencein the events industry, Jill has held multiple roles from organising events for Austereo, Brisbane Roar and Sunsuper to coordinating and selling events at venues such as Brisbane City Hall and Sofitel Brisbane Central.
Alicia has been involved in the hospitality and events industry for more than 25 years.
She brings a true passion for the industry to her role, always striving to exceed client expectation and ensuring events are both memorable and successful.
For the past 13 years, Alicia has been dedicated to learning everything she possibly can about the events industry. This includes her current role as the Queensland branch chair for Meetings and Events Australia (MEA). MEA is the Australian event industry’s largest professional organisation.
Anina has a Masters of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management from the University of Queensland which she earned with Distinction in 2016.
She has more than four years' experience in sales, having worked with corporate clients to facilitate events, sponsorship and procurement contracts.
Outside of work, Anina is an independent theatre producer, writer, director and performer in her own right. Her unique blend of business and creativity allows her to support clients in the events industry by creatingthat perfect balance between corporate objectives and imaginative flair.
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