A Chat with Shaun Bird

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Sandton Convention Centre appointed a new General Manager late last year. The Event chats with Shaun Bird to find out how he’s been settling in, and what strategic plans he has up his sleeve for the next few months.

Appointed to the position of General Manager at Sandton Convention Centre in August last year, Shaun Bird brings a wealth of experience in the management of convention facilities. He is the former Complex Operations Manager at the Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort in Botswana, and has worked in hospitality across the world – including the Holiday Inn Kingscross, Le Meridien Waldorf and many others. The Event chats with Mr Bird about his plans for growing business events to the SCC in the next twelve months and beyond.

What have you been doing since you were appointed late last year, and how are you settling in?

I started in the middle of August and since then I’ve done a lot of travelling. We don’t have a Sales Marketing Manager/Director at the moment so I had to pick up the slack on that side as well. Nasrin Hoosen – our International Sales Manager – and I spent approximately three out of the last five months travelling to different destinations to represent the company at industry events and trade shows, meet clients, etc. We had meetings set up in Washington and Las Vegas, then we were off to the ICCA Congress in Asia. I did some client business and then back to South Africa for about three days, and up to Barcelona for ibtm world. It’s been very exciting in that I’m getting a feel for the sales side of the business.

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