Our people set us apart

icon-out-peopleIntroducing some of the wonderful talent we work with and their stories.

At criterion a ‘Bell Ringer’ is an employee who consistently goes above and beyond to deliver wins and results that benefit the wider team or business as a whole. They understand the bigger picture and are working collaboratively to maximize their contribution and the success of others. Their enthusiasm and impact is so visible their peers and colleagues nominate them for our monthly recognition award.

Meet some of our amazing employees and Bell Ringers.

Andy Gillin
Campaign Manager

Why did I join Criterion? I wanted to progress myself and join a sales culture different to what I was used to. I had worked different Sales jobs in the past, but not in this field. 

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Tell us about your role at Criterion… We spend the majority of the day speaking to people we will never meet, so expressing your personality and putting your own twist on things is what stands out to the customer. I enjoy not so much “selling” to people, but rather assisting them with what I think would be beneficial for them.

Tell us about the culture… The first thing I noticed when I started working here was definitely the work culture. Everyone is so welcoming and eager to help the new comers settle in. It’s not only the Client Sales team that has this Culture but the whole Criterion team.

My proudest moment was when I made my first sale completely on my own in my first week. It is great having the whole team by your side whenever you need help, but when you do it by yourself you know their help has paid off.

Some interesting facts about me

If I had a super power I would have…. The power to convince anyone to do anything I like.

A book that moved me… Malcolm X Biography. I have lived in 3 different continents during my life so far so a view into a different side of life/culture etc is what I find most interesting.

 

David Huggan
Senior Sponsorship Manager

Why did I join Criterion? I joined Criterion because my clients were telling me that they were getting a lot of value from intimate, specific forums rather than large expo’s. I reviewed the entire conference industry and Criterion stood out because we only run demand-based conferences about specific problems and issues. My sponsorship customers enjoy our events because they get a lot of “face time” with decision makers who have paid to be there.  

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I work in Sponsorship Sales so my role is finding the right solution providers for our conferences, and that means organisations who 1) add value to the conference, 2) network with the delegates onsite and 3) conduct efficient follow-up to generate ROI. Then I love being onsite to make sure that my sponsors meet the delegates and get the most out of the event – that’s the really fun part. I also tend to sing a song in front of the whole office when I get a sale!

The culture is “work hard, play hard”, and getting the balance right. We work hard to smash our targets and then celebrate success when the sales come in. Anyone who puts 100% into the role can do very well.

My proudest moments happen a lot – it’s basically when a client tells us that they made a sale out of sponsoring one of our conferences. It’s even better if I was instrumental in making sure they initially met onsite. It’s all about ROI for me and my customers. You can justify spending budget on a Criterion conference by measuring your return.

Some interesting facts about me

The best bit of advice I’ve ever been given is… to network, network, network! I often go to functions and events outside of Criterion’s forums and the best thing to do is to talk to as many people as possible – you can gather so many new contacts by introducing yourself to people

A random fact about me… I once starred in a short movie in which I played a vampire hunter and I got to see it on the big screen

On the weekend I love to… Spend time with my family, go to the beach, barbecue parties with friends and watching English football

My guilty pleasure is… Wine. Bring me a glass of a nice red and I’m a happy and chatty man

 

Matt Do
Data Acquisition Officer

Why did I join Criterion? I was intrigued by the way Criterion add value for conference goers by putting forward conferences that focus on specific industry issues/changes.

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I work alongside our Data Team to manage our contacts in our Customer Relationship Management Database.

What’s the culture like? Working alongside the Data Team is an absolute pleasure. Besides everyone’s willingness to joke around, when crunch time comes, the people I work alongside with are always willing to help and offer advice.

What’s my proudest moment? Definitely when I brought in UNO Cards for the first time. Little did I know how central it has become to our progress huddles.

Some interesting facts about me

If I had a super power… It would definitely have something to do with fire.

The best bit of advice I’ve ever been given is… “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf the Grey.

On the weekend I love to… sit back and play board games with friends.

 

Lisa Bell Ringer

Lisa Nguyen
Marketing Intern

At the time, I was looking for opportunities to compliment my university education. Criterion Conferences had a vacant position and I thought it would be a great opportunity to find out more about the organisation. From the moment I stepped into the doors, I knew that Criterion would be a perfect fit!

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What do I do? I help out everyone in the marketing team. Everyday, I always have different tasks to do so there’s never a boring moment!

The Criterion team are passionate about their roles and are always looking for ways to innovate. As a medium-sized company, we are a tight-knit family that is always looking to expand.

The perks of working at Criterion Conferences are:

  • Being surrounded in an open and friendly environment where you can express your opinions
  • Building strong relationships with your colleagues
  • Having a great work-life balance
  • The fast paced environment; you will always have something to do

My proudest moment was being nominated as Bell-Ringer during my first three months of working at Criterion Conferences.

A few interesting facts about me

A random fact about me… my breakfast consists of chicken teriyaki sushi rolls
On the weekend I love… to bake and watch all of the house-related TV shows on 9Life
A book that moved me… The Art of the Hustle by Edward Mullen. It follows the inspiring tale of a young man that becomes a billionaire before the age of 30
My guilty pleasure… bread sticks dipped in Nutella

 

Lauren Bell Ringer

Lauren Perry
Conference Producer

I’d just graduated from uni and was looking to jump into something new, challenging, exciting – and a little bit out of the box! I’d never heard of conference producing as a job before and it sounded like the perfect job for someone who loves exploring current issues and bringing people together.

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Each day is different to the last. I love the variety my role includes, from research with industry specialists, writing blogs, running events, meeting new people and coordinating a team of salespeople, marketers, data specialists and event managers.

We are a hard working yet fun-loving team who get very passionate about social issues, current affairs and problem solving. We all have our key areas of expertise and whilst we work on our own individual conferences, we always share knowledge and bounce back ideas with each other. It’s a very open and welcoming environment!

It’s been a whirlwind six months since I joined the company with a lot of highlights! However, reading all the positive delegate feedback after my first conference was such a wonderful moment. It really made me realise that bringing people together to address common issues makes a big difference!

A few interesting facts about me

If I had a super power I would….be able to teleport. I have too many places to be all the time
The best bit of advice I’ve ever been given is… to concentrate on “the circle of influence”
A random fact about me is…I used to play rugby union (yes, tackle) and was the only girl on the team
On the weekend I love to… go on bush walks and hand-make cards
A book that moved me…Rocket Boys (also known as October Sky) Homer Hickam
My guilty pleasure is… licking the chocolatey froth off the inside of my cappuccino lid

 

 

Calum McNab
Delegate Sales Manager

I joined Criterion as I was influenced by Joal to try and get a job here, probably so he could get a referral bonus!

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What do I do? I’m a team leader in the Delegate sales area of the company. It’s my job to sell tickets to our conferences by pitching potential delegates. I also help guide 4 other members of the DS team, helping out with call backs, advice on pitching / where to pitch etc.

Whats the culture like at Criterion? We have a team all with a similar background – mainly guys from the UK who want to live in Australia! So we all tend to joke about the same thing, mainly The Office, and push to work hard play hard, too hard sometimes.

My proudest moment at Criterion? Becoming bell ringer without doubt

A few interesting facts about me

If I had a super power I would….invent the ability to travel anywhere in the world in a second
The best bit of advice I’ve ever been given is – Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.
A random fact about me is…I once brought a cat back to life
On the weekend I love to…Play football and go for a swim in the ocean
A book that moved me….Andy McNab – Bravo Two Zero – My uncle
My guilty pleasure is…..The Office

Ante Batistic
Accountant

I joined Criterion for a new challenge and a step up in my career.

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What do I do? I guess I kind of work behind the scenes making sure that all the numbers make sense at the end of the month

Whats the culture like at Criterion? The culture here is very open and collaborative, which is quite different from most financial departments

My proudest moment at Criterion? Winning bell ringer and becoming a member of the MLT (Middle Leadership Team)

A few interesting facts about me

If I had a super power I would… time travel
A random fact about me is… I have a double jointed thumb
On the weekend I love to….. sleep!

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Criterion Corporate Giving Committee
Annie, Rosie, Erika, Will, Nev, Laura & Ash

With the growth of our organisation and our core values of Quality, Energy, Leadership and Innovation, we aim to raise awareness and make a difference to causes close to our hearts through a series of events, with a major focus on having fun!

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We are wonderfully weird team that gel together and produce great results. Criterion allows you to express yourself in the most unique way and bring your quirks to make our workplace fun.

Our proudest moment was the 2016 Criterion Chili Eating Contest! We’re proud to have raised over $2,100 for House of Welcome, which supports refugees and asylum seekers in their transition to life in Australia.

 

Marcela Yturria
Enquiries Manager

I joined Criterion because I saw a great opportunity to work for an organisation that provided opportunity for growth.

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As the Enquiries Manager my role is a busy one and can be stressful but we make sure we have a lot of fun.

Our team culture is very friendly, helpful, multicultural, vibrant and motivational.

I am most proud of my achievements at Criterion but especially winning the Bell Ringer award for January. The award is peer nominated so it’s wonderful to know how valued I am to the team and organisation as a whole.

A few interesting facts about me

The best bit of advice I’ve ever been given is – There is no such thing as luck. Work hard!

A random fact about me is  – I was a dance teacher for 7 years.

 

 

 

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