A huge challenge that I see for growing wedding business owners goes beyond hiring those first few employees. The challenge becomes how to manage all those people! And how, as an owner, to get out of the weeds of the daily business to truly lead the company.
Why, when and how do I hire a manager?
A manager will not only help you lead your staff but will also allow you to get out of that management role. This will free you up so that you can be the CEO of your company, a role that requires the time and space to create new opportunities. It will also free you from needing to physically oversee ALL.THE.EVENTS.
I’ve invited Kim Hanks, CEO and co-owner of Whim Hospitality, to teach us how to do this at Be Sage Conference. This is exactly what she has been able to do with her catering and rental business in Texas.
How Do I Transition My Role from Worker Bee to the Leader of My Company?
How to Move from an Operational Role to an Executive Role
You Will Learn the Following From Kim:
- Why You Need to Hire an Operations Manager
- Why a Manager will Likely Do Things Better than You (yes, you!)
- How to Not Feel Guilty (about not servicing events)
- How to Transition Your Job Satisfaction Away from Events (to Building Your Business)
- Why It’s Important to Create Growth Opportunities for Your Team
Learn More About Kim:
In early 2012, Kim Hanks perceived a need in the burgeoning Texas Hill Country wedding and special events industry. The number of venues was growing but there were no truly local rental companies to effectively service them.
To fill this need, Kim co-founded and launched Whim Hospitality’s first division, Whim Event Rentals. The event rentals company moved into a showroom and warehouse in Dripping Springs, just off of Highway 290, ideally situating Whim “just down the road” from the Hill Country’s premier venues in Dripping Springs, Wimberley, southwest Austin, Lake Travis, and Fredericksburg. Recognizing a need for an even more complete wedding and special event services experience, Whim Florals and Whim Catering joined the Whim family in 2013.
Since Whim’s launch, the company has been about distinguishing itself by offering unique products in a unique way. Under Kim’s guidance, Whim has brought to the special events industry the one-of-a-kind experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors. Having worked in the special events industry as a wedding planner, Kim understood the challenge of bringing together different companies – this floral designer, that caterer, this rentals company, that tent company – to create one seamless event. Her innovative vision for Whim was to offer all of the key event services to create a far more stress-free experience for the client. A significant key to Whim’s success has been its tent rentals, a success owed almost entirely to Kim as it was her drive and determination that won Whim the exclusive Texas (and beyond) distributorship of nationally acclaimed, Sperry Tents.
Whim also handles venue management of Camp Lucy, home to premier wedding and event venues and luxury lodging in Dripping Springs. Under Whim’s guidance, Camp Lucy booked over 200 weddings for 2015 and brought on board Chef Rob McMahon whose 5-star cuisine has garnered rave reviews for weddings, events, and the Camp Lucy Supper Club.
Register for Be Sage Conference:
Be Sage is taking place in Austin Texas this February 3-6. Register here: http://www.besageconference.com/ (we only have 35 spots left).