#meetmemonday featuring Rachel Sommer. Rachel is a new ILEA Austin member and the Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosemary’s Catering.
A highly trained catering and event professional, Rachel received a dual degree from The College of Charleston in Hospitality Management and Business Administration while also serving as a catering supervisor for a highly acclaimed national food service provider. Her career path took her to demanding positions first at the five-star Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, South Carolina, and then to The Citadel where she supervised event catering operations. Rachel’s keen insight and creative culinary background has afforded Rosemary’s Catering clients with the benefit of her broad vision and outstanding leadership capabilities for any and every function from bridal showers and family reunions to large-scale sporting events, elaborate corporate holiday affairs and all celebratory events in between. Rachel began working for Rosemary’s Catering since April 2013 and became the Director of Sales & Marketing in December 2016.
We asked Rachel…
What’s your favorite thing about the event industry?
Every event, every client is a new challenge. No two events are the same. For me, the more complex, the bigger the challenge, the better.
Why did you join ILEA?
To enhance the industry relationships that my company and I have been developing.
What have you enjoyed the most about ILEA?
The speakers and topics offered at monthly meetings. I want to be pushed out of my traditional way of thinking and I have been to several ILEA meetings that take help push me to that next level.
Best advice you have for others or have been given?
Pride over profit. Every event produced is a reflection of who you are as a company. Make it count each and every time, and the sales will follow.
Favorite thing to do when you are not working?
I love being around the water. From stand up paddle boarding to snorkeling to swimming, the closer I am to a pool or beach the better.
Most Recent Vacation Spot?
Favorite Austin Experience?
Favorite Austin Restaurant?
Salty Sow. Great happy hour, even better patio.
Any mentors or people who inspire you, you look up to – industry or non-industry?
Industry: Tara Guerard/Wolfgang Puck
Non-industry: Barbara Corcoran/Adam Rapoport
NOW FOR THE FUN QUESTIONS –
What is the neatest place you have ever visited?
Belize. I went there in the summer of 2016 with my sister. From the jungles to the beaches and the focus on hospitality, it was a vacation to remember!
If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
A bottle of Krug Champagne! One needs to celebrate properly after a win like that.
Who / What is your dream client or event?
Want to use Casa de Perrin? Call me.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Thailand is next on my list. I really want to experience a part of the world so different from my own. And the breathtaking views of their beaches is a huge draw for me.
What is a unique fact about you?
I am a southern that was born in the north.
What is the weirdest place / person you have ever done an event or request for?
When I lived in Charleston, I did an event for the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, where he requested the entire menu (three course seated dinner) to be inspired by Chick-Fil-A.