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Party season: How to run functions safely and profitably in 2020


When: Thursday, November 5, 2020
What Time: 10:00 AM AEDT - 11:00 AM AEDT
Where: Online - any location with Internet access


About the Event

Christmas parties, corporate lunches and other group functions make November and December the busiest – and the most profitable – months of the year for pubs. So how can you pull off functions this year in line with trading restrictions, and keep them in the black? And how can you make COVIDSafe functions appealing to wary customers? Our expert panel discusses the ins and outs of keeping functions as a revenue-making stream in extraordinary trading circumstances.

Do you have a question for our expert panel on all things functions? Send it through now to Vanessa Cavasinni at vcavasinni@intermedia.com.au


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Presenters:

Jodie McLean
Director, JEM Events

Jodie is the Founder and Director of JEM events, a boutique event management agency servicing SMEs. She has over 10 years’ experience as an events and project manager - strategising, planning and executing hundreds of events and experiences. Jodie is drawn to curating unique ‘never been done before’ experiences and lives by the saying “seek opportunity not security”.

Rob Comiskey
Director, Comiskey Group

Comiskey Group director, Robert Comiskey is most recognised as one of the names behind the award-winning venues Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel. Founded by his father Paul Comiskey, Robert and his brother David joined the Comiskey Group and together developed some landmark projects in south-east Queensland. Prior to joining the family business, Rob had an Advanced Diploma of Architecture under his belt and began his career in construction management for well-known franchise Subway. In 2012, Eatons Hill Hotel opened and was at the time the largest pub in the Southern Hemisphere. Since then, the hotel has been inducted into the AHA Hall of Fame as Australia’s Best Entertainment Venue after hosting some of the biggest names in entertainment including Prince, Post Malone, Jessie J and Khalid. Eatons Hill Hotel has won numerous awards including Queensland’s Best Meetings & Events Venue and in 2018 took out the Hall of Fame- Best Pub TAB at the QHA Awards.  In 2015, Sandstone Point Hotel opened across from the iconic Bribie Island and has also received much industry recognition. Sandstone Point Hotel has been titled Australia’s Best Hotel, Australia’s Best Outdoor/Non Enclosed Facility and Queensland’s Best Entertainment Venue hosting the likes of Suzi Quatro, Hayden James, The Beach Boys, Sticky Fingers and more. 

Kylie Moncur 
Chief Marketing Officer, Australian Venue Co

Kylie Moncur is the CMO for Australian Venue Co and built the group’s marketing and brand strategy, launched AVC’s loyalty app and order-at-table platform, and led AVC to become a leader in digital marketing innovation. She has developed the marketing and sales team at AVC to include a number of specialist roles across digital marketing, events, activations, functions and sales. Kylie was previously the National Marketing Manager of Publican Group and has had prior roles in public relations and media.

Moderator:

Vanessa Cavasinni
Managing Editor, Australian Hotelier

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier, the leading resource for the Australian pub industry. She is also the curator of the Pub Leaders Summit program. Between the magazine, Summit, online news and webinars, Vanessa is committed to bringing publicans the latest information on a variety of topics that affect the industry. She has worked in both consumer and trade-facing media for over a decade.