We at Venuetize are thankful for so much this year, starting with our clients and our amazing team. We recently spent some quality time with our colleagues and clients in this season of celebration and gratitude.
First on the calendar in November was our five-year anniversary celebration, and our team came together to enjoy the city of our headquarters, Tampa, Florida. What an amazing journey it has been, from idea and vision, to launch and execution. Five years in business is a major accomplishment and we’re excited about what the future holds.
Our celebration took place in Ybor City, a wonderful evening of food, fun, and reminiscing. Our co-founders, COO Karri Zaremba and CEO Jon Romm, shared stories with our group about the early days of the company. A visual presentation showed many dedicated colleagues and special moments through the years. What came through most of all is everyone’s passion for Venuetize, so it was a real treat to get everyone together in person. Cheers to our first five and to even greater accomplishments ahead!
Of course, no company can prosper without successful clients. The next day, clients flew in from all over the country to attend our annual client event, Venuetize19: Raising the Stakes with Mobile. We hosted our guests at the beautiful Marriott Water Street in the heart of a multi-use district under development Water Street Tampa, also a client of Venuetize.
Our event kicked off with an inspiring keynote from CEO and Co-Founder of Sports Innovation Lab, Angela Ruggiero, who also happens to be an Olympic gold medalist, a four-time Olympian, a hockey hall of famer, and entrepreneur. Angela talked about Sports Innovation Lab’s concept of the Fluid Fan™ and how technology has changed consumer behaviors. She called on our industry to empower these Fluid Fans™ with technology that allows them to customize their experience on their terms. Her message certainly resonated with our audience on many levels.
After her presentation, Angela sat down with our co-founder and COO, Karri Zaremba for a one-on-one conversation, and we learned about Karri’s upbringing, education, military background, and her experience living and working overseas. All of these experiences shaped her leadership style and work ethic, and helped to build the strong foundation and culture here at Venuetize.
Next, we heard from our amazing clients in panel discussions. The clients drove the discussion by sharing topics that were top of mind to them, and made for an educational and enjoyable afternoon where we learned about strategies to amp up fan engagement and improve our understanding of their behavior.
After some networking over apps and drinks, we all took the short walk to a client venue, Amalie Arena, to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Rangers. Before the puck dropped our group was treated to an amazing culinary experience by Delaware North in the Firestick Grill in the arena. Everyone had a great time, and it was a terrific opportunity to introduce our clients to each other, watch them use our technology and learn from one another, all while having fun!
Wrapping up a November to remember, Venuetize finished the month in style by gathering once again with our colleagues at the Inno on Fire awards dinner. This inaugural awards celebration recognized the region’s top innovators, celebrating entrepreneurs, executives, startups, and tech businesses that are on fire. As you can see from Karri’s red jacket, a prize given to all the winners, Venuetize came out on top. It was an amazing way to wrap up a month that gave us so much to be thankful for.