What path has your career taken?
Oh geesz, how many characters are allowed in this tweet, I’ll try and condense…My career has had many twists and turns in it and a slew of highs and lows. I moved to NYC in 2002 after graduating university and had about 30 jobs in the 17 years that I lived there. Wishing that was an exaggeration, but no, it’s the truth. I started as a front desk clerk at a posh hotel and parlayed that into a host at a local restaurant, a 2 week stint as a waiter at the former number one restaurant in the world then somehow over time seamlessly moved into marketing and events. I have done everything from being the Creative Director of a frequent-flyer centric website to being the handler for Mariah Carey for a party in honor of Karl Lagerfeld. You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve recently relocated to Vancouver, Canada using it as my home base to travel from to help produce events for everyone from Angry Birds to the Wall Street Journal and even Miss Universe. Lets see what 2020 has in store…
What brought you/brings you to Amsterdam?
I was traveling about, doing an event in LA, followed by attending a wedding in Ireland and added in a short stay in Amsterdam before I headed to NYC for another event.
How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam, and what were your thoughts?
I only had a short stay at Zoku Amsterdam of only 3 nights and it was definitely not a long enough stay, I honestly could have become a permanent resident immediately! I have traveled the world (45 countries and counting) and I have never stayed in such a unique, interesting and accommodating hotel before. I loved the sense of community contrasted with individualization. Walking into my Loft, I immediately felt like I was at home in a comfortable apartment…with gymnastic rings hanging from the ceiling. The events in the Social Spaces
were great to attend, and the Living Kitchen food
was bonkers good,
amazingly tasty and a great way to start the day.
What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
As someone who likes to explore new cultures and communities, I think that one of the top events I’ve had was attending Oktoberfest
in Munich. Yes, it can be derided as simply an opportunity for Americans to get drunk, but I think it's one of the greatest cultural experiences that everyone should attend. Although beer is slinging around, there is an extreme reverence for the historical meaning behind the celebration. It was amazing to see everyone in their dirndls and lederhosen, singing traditional German songs, swaying arm in arm with their neighbors, eating incredible food. I went to Oktoberfest with some old friends and left with new ones.
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
I would tell him to stay strong and try and see the forest through the trees. And above all, be true to yourself…I even have that tattooed in Hebrew on my arm, a reminder that strength comes from within.
What does home mean to you?
Love. Laughter. Comfort. Acceptance.
What is one piece of advice or tip in your field of work that you want to give to people?
Be persistent. It’s a very fine line between annoyance and persistence and I’ve managed to teeter that line with fairly decent results through the year. Stay true to who you are and where your values lie and remember that every no is one step closer to a yes. So go out there and kick some ass.