Discusses management style, networking tips
Q: Why are you excited to join Breakbulk Events & Media as events director for Breakbulk Americas?
Evan: First and foremost, I appreciate Breakbulk Events & Media’s reputation as a leading organizer of specialized events in the shipping, logistics, and project cargo industry. The company’s commitment to excellence and its track record of delivering high-quality events align perfectly with my own professional values. Being part of an organization that prioritizes innovation, industry knowledge, and relationship building is both inspiring and motivating.
Q: What experiences have you had that will be beneficial to shaping the event as it moves into the future?
Evan: I’ve been fortunate to be in sales and management in both events and media. I started my career by primarily selling print media but within a couple of years the landscape had shifted to digital media sales. Several years from there I had the opportunity to transition to event sales and management for conferences such as the Offshore Technology Conference, Subsea Tieback Forum, Offshore Wind Executive Summit, and several others. There have been excellent people, advisory boards, and committees who I have been able to learn from in the events industry throughout my career. One key aspect is that events are always evolving, and it is our job to provide the best platform for networking and the transferring of knowledge.
Q: What three words describe your leadership style? How do you apply those concepts to your everyday work life?
Evan: Empowering – I trust my team members’ abilities. I strive to create a supportive environment where individuals can grow, develop their skills, and take ownership of their work. Adaptive – Different situations and individuals require different leadership styles. I aim to be flexible and able to adjust to the dynamic environment of sales by embracing change but still maintain a high level of performance. Encourager – To be consistent in my support and motivation and to celebrate the success of every sale and milestone of others. I try to recognize and appreciate the efforts and achievements of those I work with.
Q: Breakbulk Americas is all about building relationships and laying the groundwork for working on projects together. What is your best networking advice for those attending Breakbulk Americas?
Evan: After attending Breakbulk Europe in Rotterdam, I experienced the powerful networking opportunities Breakbulk conferences generate for attendees and exhibitors. My best pieces of advice would be to take advantage of networking opportunities such as workshops, panel discussions, and networking events during the conference as well as the networking events we provide outside of the show hours. Approach networking with a genuine mindset. Encourage others to talk about themselves and their company while conversing in terms of the other person’s interests.
Q: When working with customers, what can they expect from you?
Evan: I believe in building strong relationships with customers based on collaboration and partnership. They are extremely valuable partners in the event planning process, and I actively seek their input and feedback. By understanding their goals, objectives, and preferences, we can tailor the event experience to meet their specific requirements. I value their insights and strive to create a collaborative environment where their ideas and suggestions are heard and integrated into the event planning process.
Q: Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
Evan: Outside of work I enjoy going to events with my family such as the Houston Astros, Houston Texans, and sporting events at Texas A&M.
Meet Evan at Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Sept. 26-28, 2023. Register as Evan’s guest and use code BBAM23EVAN25 for 25 percent off your ticket.