Top Performing Chapter Award
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Top Performing Chapter Award

 

 

Volunteer of the Quarter – Brett Ranieri

 

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Brett Ranieri

You Want What? Productions INC
Business Development Manager
2879 S Tejon St., Englewood CO 80110
720-216-2376
brett@ywwproductions.com
www.youwantwhatproductions.com

 

Tell us a little bit about your business/company and your current role within the organization.  
I am the Business Development Manager for You Want What? Productions.  We are a custom fabrication shop that focuses on stage scenery rentals, construction and design for corporate and association events, theatre, stage, film, tv, museums and retail establishments.  Our line of modular rental backdrops provides a multitude of options for our clients, giving a custom feel without busting the budget.

Why did you want to become a volunteer for MPIRMC?
I was new to MPI and found myself wanting to know more about the organization, so I figured what better way than to volunteer!  Since that point, I continue to learn and appreciate everything MPI does for its members especially here in the Rocky Mountain Chapter

What were you hoping to get out of volunteering within MPIRMC? What have you gotten out of your volunteer role thus far?
My initial hope was to get a better understanding of how the organization and industry work at all.  Now that I have been in my role for a while, I feel proud to be a part of a team that helps our new members find the resources they need.  Welcoming new members to the community has turned out to be more rewarding than I could have expected!

What advice can you give a member that might be apprehensive to commit to a volunteer role within our organization?
My advice would be to just give it a try!  All of the committee members are very helpful and understanding so there is no pressure at all.  Most volunteer roles require a very minimal amount of time and are easy to fit into your work schedule.  Plus, is there a better way to get to know an organization then to see how it works from the inside out?

How did you get started in the industry?
I kind of fell into the industry.  My education and background are in technical theater and it was not until I accepted my position at YWW that I realized how well those skillsets translate to the Meetings/Events world.  My diverse background and unique experiences allow me to bring a fresh perspective.

Are there any mentors you distinctly remember who were supportive of your professional development?
My family, friends, and college professors were all integral in paving the way for me to end up where I am today, but if it weren’t for my High School drama teacher (Mr. George Loizides) I would not be who I am and where I am today.

What are three things you wish you knew as you were beginning your career?

  1. It’s okay to not have all the answers all the time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, learning from those that have experience around you is the best way to grow as a professional and an individual.
  2. Confidence is key.  Believe in yourself, your knowledge, and your ability to succeed.
  3. A team can always accomplish more than an individual.  Collaborating can bring out the best of everyone and frequently leads to a finished product that each individual involved in the process couldn’t have come close to achieving on their own

Married/Single or significant other status and any info you’d like to share:
My girlfriend and I have been together for 4 years, about 2 years ago we bought a house and let me say being a homeowner is simultaneously vindicating and frustrating.

Children and/or pets or both:  
We have 1 dog named Biers (after the mountain Bierstadt) and 2 cats named Benedict and Florentine (after the egg dishes), we call them Benny and Flo for short.

A little bit about where you grew up:  
I grew up on Long Island, NY but when I was old enough to experience a new place I went for it.  I attended college in Boston before moving to New York City for a few years.  When the opportunity arose to run away to the mountains I jumped at it and haven’t looked back.  Except to visit family and go home for the holidays of course.

Favorite vacation spot:  
Somewhere off the grid where I have no cell phone service and expansive views of nature.  

Thoughts regarding the industry:  
The Meetings and Events Industry has a unique power to communicate a lasting message and create change on a large scale.  I believe it is our job as industry professionals to take this responsibility seriously and lead the charge to foster positive, inclusive, and environmentally conscious practices for future generations.

What makes you happy?
Being outside in nature, playing disc golf, making a dog's tail wag or a cat purr, watching the Giants win (which is rare these days), eating a home cooked meal, or sending a tough bouldering problem are the first few things that pop into my mind.

What do you like about MPI?
I enjoy the people, the events, and the relationships that can be created when given time to really give back to the professional community.

What do you like most about being a planner/supplier?
I like being able to take someone’s idea and bring it to life.  Seeing a client walk into a room and get that smiling look in their eyes makes all of the hardwork leading up to the event worth it.

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