If you traveled with us to Rio this year, there’s a good chance that you already got to hang with Greg Enns, our super fun project manager and host. Greg has been a part of our team for the past nine years, working at first as part of our sales team. Now Greg serves as Product Manager, a job that involves doing pre-scouting, procuring, and product building for our events. (Basically all the research that goes into creating our fantastic sports travel packages, from hotels and transport to excursions and more.)
Greg just returned from South Korea, where he was busy lining things up for our Winter Games packages. Not that Greg only works behind the scenes, he is always one of the frontline hosts once things get going, so if you haven’t met him already, you may well do at a future event. “I’m working years ahead building these packages for people, but then I’m always right there in the thick of it with them on their experience, so I can see what’s working, what didn’t, what I can do for next time as I’m working on the event,” he says.
Rio required a lot of planning, and getting to see how smoothly the Games played out once everyone arrived was a fantastic experience for Enns. Having spent many years focused on Rio (both for the Summer Games and the World Cup in 2014), our whole team was pretty invested in the destination, but now it is time to move on, and contemplate some completely different places. This is pretty exciting for all of us.
“Right now my interest is really piqued in the South Korea Winter Games, particularly because we opted out of Sochi because we didn’t feel like it was up to snuff in terms of hotel quality and venues. So, we haven’t done the Winter Games since Vancouver, which was actually a high point for our company in terms of the pride of hosting a big event on our home soil,” Greg says.
And then there are the other blockbuster events that we are already looking at. The Summer Games in Japan is a little further out on the horizon, but it’s another event that Greg is looking forward to working on. “We are in the really early stages of getting that ready, but it is interesting for us that the Winter Games are in South Korea, the Summer Games are in Tokyo, and then the Winter Games after that are in Beijing,” explains Greg. “The next three Games are all in Asian destinations, which is this whole corner of the world that we’re going to have to take this culture shift. We’ve been in Brazil for the last few years, now we’re going to the other far reaches of the globe now.”
One of the best parts of being on the Roadtrips team is the travel opportunities that working here affords us, so the next few years should be very interesting indeed. Contact us if you’d like to join us on one of these incredible sports adventures to come.