Stylehawk Event Services owner Cameron Ungar recently finished teaching a course for graduate-level students enrolled in the Sport Management Master’s Program at the University of San Francisco. The class, titled “A Practitioner’s Guide to Event & Venue Management,” was designed to give students a practical understanding of event and venue management from a professional who has worked in the industry for many years.
Cameron used his real-world professional experience and his years of training in event and venue management to help give his students an idea of the breadth of knowledge and the diversity of skills required to be an effective event and venue manager. Cameron was uniquely qualified to teach this course, given that he has been both an event manager as well as a venue manager at several different facilities in Long Beach and San Diego. He has planned hundreds of events, and also knows a good deal about operations from the event venue side of things.
During the course, Cameron tasked his students with producing a complete event plan for a hypothetical event (including cost estimates, production schedules, diagrams, staffing models, and service provider instructions). Students were also required to develop a Venue Operations Handbook that was to include policies and procedures to guide decision-making with regard to the use of the facility, and deliver an event briefing to the class, as if they were giving a pre-event staff briefing.
Course topics, which were taught by Cameron and the guest speakers he brought in, included “Venue Structure and Mission Statement,” “Booking & Scheduling,” “Guest Services and ADA Policy,” “Crowd Management & Emergency Response,” “Event Production,” and “Facilities Management.”
As we know all too well at Stylehawk, event management and event coordination requires a delicate mix of art and science, which is something Cameron made sure to impart to his students. Event managers, as well as venue managers, must be extremely detailed and organized, but they must also be able to come up with creative solutions to complex problems and maintain some level of flexibility for when the unexpected occurs.
Event and venue management isn’t for everyone. And it takes a team of dedicated professionals to do the job well. Here at Stylehawk, we’ve assembled a team that has many years of experience running successful events throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County. We can use that experience to make your next event a success as well!
It’s great to have someone like Cameron at the helm of Stylehawk. He is a recognized expert in the area of event management and event coordination and is now able to add the title of “Professor” to his resume.
If you’re looking for a highly experienced team of event services professionals in Long Beach, San Diego, and other Southern California areas, contact us at Stylehawk. We’d love to talk with you about how we can help make your next event a successful one.