Join us in welcoming our newest special events manager, Katie Reavis. This UNC Wilmington graduate joined CSM Production in February, and we thought it would be great to get to know the woman with an incredible smile.
From Burlington, North Carolina, Katie worked for National Agents Alliance for the past nine years as the director of meetings and incentive travel.
The self-motivated event planner manages all aspects from concept to execution. Her best advice to be a successful event planner is "Take the bull by the horns."
Let’s probe Katie with 10 questions …
1. What was it like as a college cheerleader?
As a college cheerleader, I was fortunate enough to instantly gain a group of like-minded friends going into my freshman year of college. When you spend countless hours a week with the same of group of people you become a “family”. Being “adopted” into the cheerleading family as an 18-year-old that just moved away from home was the best part of being a college cheerleader!
2. What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to do anything active! Activities could range from working out at the gym, an outdoor run, riding bikes and making pit stops at breweries or attending a live sporting event (yes, that is active for me)!
3. Favorite sports team(s) and why?
I'm a Tar Heel born
I'm a Tar Heel bred
And when I die
I'm a Tar Heel dead.
So it's rah, rah, Car'lina-lina
Rah, rah, Car'lina-lina
Rah, rah, Car'lina-lina
Rah! Rah! Rah!
I grew up going to Carolina football and basketball games with my grandparents. My grandfather got his medical degree at UNC and made certain that everyone in the family bled Carolina blue! My husband and I have taken over the family’s season basketball tickets and try to make it to as many games as possible! GO HEELS!
4. As one of CSM’s newest team members, what makes you most excited about special events?
What makes me most excited about working with the special events team is the opportunity to create various types of events. In special events, we collaborate with different industries to create an assortment of events thus preventing the work from becoming stagnant! Also, the team is made up of an awesome, fun group which makes the position even more enjoyable!
5. Tell us about your family.
My husband, Chris, and I have been married for almost 9 years! I met him the summer of my freshman year of college and we got married the weekend after I graduated! We have one fur-baby, Ellie, a 10-year-old yorkie.
6. What is your dream vacation?
In my previous job I planned incentive travel for sales agents. Luckily, this provided the opportunity to travel all over the world to places like Fiji, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Barcelona, Venice and many more! However, since I’ve planned so many “vacations” for other people, my personal dream vacation would be one where I didn’t have to plan anything! A decision-free, planning-free trip to some beach, somewhere, sounds perfect to me!
7. Prior to CSM Production, you managed multiple events at National Agents Alliance. What was your most memorable event to date?
My most memorable event to date was a belly flop competition on what was the largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas. We rented out the AquaTheater where nightly shows were hosted by Olympic class divers and synchronized swimmers. We had the cruise director as the MC and eight men from our organization that competed with 3 different “flops”. It was hilarious! Watching grown men attempt to creatively “flop” into a pool literally made me laugh so hard, I cried! This event took place in 2014 and people still talk about it today!
8. As a new resident, what’s your favorite place to eat in Charlotte?
My favorite place to eat in Charlotte… there are SO MANY good spots, it’s hard to choose just one! Here’s my top 3: Vida Cantina, Bang Bang Burgers, Treehouse Whiskey & Fork
9. On an air plane, which arm rest is yours?
On an airplane, I do not think either arm rest is mine! Instead, I believe the purpose of the arm rest is to divide each passenger’s “personal space.” In other words, all of your limbs should be kept inside of each arm rest!
10. What question should we ask the next 10 questions participant?
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?