"The association had a major impact on my career."
As CEO of VDVO (Verband der Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V.; Association of Event Organisers), I’ve been representing our members’ interests since June 2015. This volunteering work had a bigger impact on my professional life than I anticipated.
The VDVO is the largest, German-speaking advocacy for Corporate Meeting Planners. Its goal is to effectively support event organisers, convey innovative knowledge and experience as well as to connect people and ideas. Our members are event organisers from DAX and middle-class companies, event managers from agencies as well as representatives from several service providers.
The motivation for my involvement in the association roots is several aspects: On one hand, it brings me great joy being able to take part in the conceptual development of the topics and therefore contribute with my competencies. On the other hand, an association heavily relies on active people, its network and the meetings within. As a result, I’m also able to progress, both personally and professionally, in the events market.
Furthermore, I’m proud to be the successor of one of the MICE market’s best-known faces. Gerhard Bleile, who sadly passed away in October 2014, represented the association’s professional competencies like no other; be it through his work within the association or as a consultant, lecturer and spokesman for the Pharma Fortbildungs-Forum. As author and co-author of several reference books advising companies not only with theoretical foundations but practical approaches and implementations,
he also wrote “Veranstaltungsrichtlinien” (event guidelines), a book I personally consider a vital pillar for my knowledge today.
In order to meet the expectations of my mandate and the members’ needs, it’s necessary for the professional tasks and interests of the association to complement each other. For this reason, the VDVO was a crucial factor in deciding my career path.