Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s most creative meeting venue, is staffed by a incredible team of quirky characters known as Ranch Hands. Creative individuals are drawn to Catalyst Ranch’s colorful workspace, diverse clientele, and co-workers of similar sensibility. Ranch Hand Spotlight is an occasional blog series that invites you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Ranch. Meet the fine folks who work together to anticipate and accommodate our clients’ every need from copies to catering! See what they do here at the Ranch and the ways they use their talents in endeavors outside the Ranch!
Today’s Spotlight focuses on Adrienne Catlett!
Current Job Title: Client Services & Administrative Assistant
At the Ranch Since: May 1, 2014
Previous Job Titles: Graduate Assistant (Roosevelt University), Development Intern (AIDS Foundation of Chicago), Events Assistant (Matthew Parker Events), Events Intern (ME Productions)
Nicknames: Cat lady, Cat, A, Adrie, Chunky A (because I was a chubby little kid.)
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Think to do in Chicago: Listen to music outdoors and go for walks and bike rides
Q: What do you do at Catalyst Ranch?
I support the Client Services Team by answering online inquires and phone calls and being a second contact for our clients. I also work with the Marketing and Special Event Managers helping them plan and execute special events.
Q: So you recently earned your Master’s Degree – Congratulations! Why did you choose to pursue event planning?
Thanks! I received my Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Barry University in sunny Miami, Florida and my Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Roosevelt University in snowy Chicago, Illinois (heeheehee.) I chose the field of event planning because it allows me to work in many different industries and be effective in all of them. Just think – you have to have a meeting to do anything – meetings, events, they can and have changed the world; who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? You can plan a wedding or an inaugural ball for the President, the sky is the limit in my industry. I also love working with people! I actually like working with many different personalities – it helps me grow as a person and as an event planner.
Q: What do you like about working at the Ranch?
I love the people I work with so much, there not just my co-workers, they are my friends, my good friends. Coming to work every day is easy when I have such a warm, fun, friendly environment to work in.
I also love the Ranch because it has provided me with countless opportunities to pursue my passions in events and my curiosity in running a small business. My supervisors allow me to learn and pursue what interests me – it’s pretty awesome! I’m confident that I’ll be ready to run a business and be an expert in my field, all because of Catalyst Ranch.