Behind the Hustle: Christina René (@voilanyc)
From destination management to event production, Christina Rene is a rainmaking event professional, whose career spans 10 years, 4 industries and a plethora of high-end brands. Starting her career in destination management, Christina worked on prominent corporate events for clients that included Citigroup and Nelson Mandela’s Peace Parks Foundation.
Christina has also worked on the more personal side of event planning…weddings. Through countless weddings, Christina served as wedding planner and lead bridal liaison for a wedding planning and design firm, where she learned to master the ““psyche of a bride”, and anticipate needs before ever said. Four years later, Christina shifted her sights to boutique hotels, and joined the team at Morgans Hotel Group where she managed onsite corporate and high profile events for Facebook, Morgan Stanley, The Colbert Report and G-Star, among others.
Now running two of her own agencies, Christina is just getting started. She is the Owner and Creative Director of Voilà Event Solutions – a full-service events and hospitality provider offering sales and management consulting, as well as event production and design. In February 2015, alongside her business partner, she launched Space In The Raw, an innovative real estate platform for pop-up events, turning New York’s vacant spaces into brilliant visions.
“hi, my name is…”
The world knows me as: Christina
I’ve also been known to respond to the names: Boss Lady
I am wicked good at: Logistics
Least favorite house chore: Doing the dishes
My go-to guilty pleasure food is: Oreo cookies & milk
Favorite App: Evernote
Favorite quote: Tell me what you boast of and I’ll tell you what you lack
Job Title: Owner
Professional Superpower: Magically having an answer for everything
My primary role in the events industry is: Getting it done
Years in the events industry: 10
To me, being an event hustler means: Proactively finding solutions before a problem ever arises… and doing it with a smile 🙂
The top 2 most surprising things I’ve learned about the events industry since starting are:
1. The hours are very much like that of a Doctor’s
2. The pay is nothing like that of a Doctor’s lol
How did you get your start in the events industry? Internship at a destination management firm in midtown
My biggest event industry pet peeve is: Miscommunication
“No such thing as TMI”
One thing that would really surprise people to learn about me is: I play the piano!
You can only keep 2 albums in your entire music collection -those albums would be: New Eyes by Clean Bandit and The Essential Michael Jackson Album
10yr old me thought I’d grow up to be: An actress
Text or phone call?: Text
Android or iphone?: iPhone
Toilet paper roll – Over or under?: Under
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