Our car enthusiast Mark Green shares his experience of working in large exhibitions for over 20 years as well as his future aspiration of being a TV star.
Hi Mark. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do
Hi I’m Mark Green and my role is UK Business Development Manager here at the QEII. Predominantly my role is to source new UK and on occasion European clients and to bring their events here to the newly transformed QEII Centre.
Why did you get into the events industry?
Good question. My very first experience working in events was being tasked to organise a very small half day road show, back when I used to work in recruitment. This was quite a surprise for me as I was 22 years old, a long time ago, but I really enjoyed it and I’ve been involved with events in some shape or form ever since.
What challenges do you most frequently face and how do you overcome them?
Quite a popular or regular challenge is a potential client’s perception of the centre and sometimes it’s still considered as tired and perhaps not as up to date as they may think, which couldn’t be further from the truth. So with regards to changing the perception, I try to arrange as many site visits as possible and also post images of the newly improved centre on social media in correlation to when I’m contacting my clients.
What’s the most memorable large events that you’ve been a part of?
I’ve not really been a part of any large events as of yet at the QEII but in my previous role with Grand Design, I was responsible for clients such as EDF Energy and N Power. Both of which booked stands for well over £200,000 in exhibitions with an average spend of £15,000. So I would consider that to be my involvement with a big client at a large event.
If you could do anything else, what would be your dream job?
Right now, I believe I could be the new presenter of Top Gear.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
That’s an easy one, it would be time travel so I can go back and visit historical events. I’m a bit of a nerd so it would nice to see things as they happen but without treading on any butterflies, so to speak.
What’s your favourite film?
What’s your dream car as I know you’re a car fanatic?
Bentley Continental GT3-R. Only 500 have been made and I believe Lewis Hamilton is still waiting for one so I think I’ve got a long wait to purchase one.
Thank you for your time Mark