Alex Murphy - Event Manager
When did you first join Cascade Productions?
I first joined Cascade in 2009 when I completed a 6 month work placement, I then returned in the summer of 2010 and 2011. I came back for 2 weeks following my graduation in May 2012 …and never left!
What is your job and what does it entail?
I ‘bridge’ the gap between Cascade Hotels and Cascade Productions. My role within Cascade hotels entails the management of the RFP process - rate negotiation with individual hotel properties and chains. My role within Cascade Productions mainly focuses around the logistics of events.
What’s one thing about your job that people don’t know?
Events are not as glamorous as people seem to think; it consists of long (and more often than not antisocial) hours on site and in the office, which result in not a lot of sleep! Don’t believe everything you see on the film ‘The Wedding Planner’!!
What’s the best part of working at Cascade?
That no two days are the same, and everyday poses a new challenge!
The people, everyone always manages to crack a smile or a joke even under the most stressful circumstances!
What’s the best part of your job?
Getting to meet and talk to lots of new people, as well as visiting some exciting places.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to do 10 things at the same time, especially when they are all needed immediately!
Name one of the most memorable event you’ve been on and why? (if this applies)
The Iceland Managers Conference in Florida in 2009. It was the first time I had worked on the Iceland’s annual managers conference, and not only did I see all the elements involved in planning an event of this size, I also got an insight into the logistics of moving such a large number of delegates across the Atlantic. As I was on work experience at the time, I couldn’t have asked to work on a better event!
What’s the best advice you've ever been given?
Alan Wight and Jennifer Houlihan "You need to believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities"
Describe the event industry in three words.
Fast paced, hectic, eventful.
Describe yourself in three words?
Diplomatic, approachable and enthusiastic.
If you could swap jobs with anyone on the team for one day who would it be and why?
Osman – so I could spend the day as a maths genius and ALWAYS be right!
If you could work on any event in the world what would it be and why?
Probably Fashion Week(London, Paris, New York or Milan…I’m not fussy) – I think the logistics and guest management would be totally different to what I’m used too, and I’d be intrigued to see the inner workings of fashion side of the industry…. I also love fashion!