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Ricoh Arena appoints second business development manager
Lisa Tanner has been welcomed ‘home’ at the Ricoh Arena recently where she has taken up the role of Business Development Manager alongside other new recruit, Craig Cotterill.
Lisa’s first ever job was as a Saturday Assistant in Coventry City Football Club’s shop and she now returns to the City to take up her position at the Ricoh Arena, home to CCFC since their relocation from Highfield Road in 2005.
“It’s great to return after all these years and thankfully I’m now being paid a bit more than a match ticket and £15 for my hard work.” Lisa reminisced.
Lisa, who lives near Solihull, has been tasked with developing the exhibition business at the Midlands based venue and is excited by the challenge. The 31-year-old joins the Ricoh Arena from the NEC where she was responsible for the brand’s hospitality division ‘Amplify’ and played a major role in the growth and development of their products.
“I learnt so much at the NEC and looking after the 120 or so Amplify events each year has given me an in-depth understanding of the industry,” said Lisa. “I’m looking to bring that understanding, along with my passion and enthusiasm, to the Ricoh Arena where I will be seeking out new opportunities and striving for growth.”
Lisa’s passion for the events industry has stood her in good stead recently after her boyfriend, Richard, proposed to her on Christmas day 2010. Never one to shy away from a challenge Lisa chose September 2011 for her wedding giving her just nine months to plan and execute what she knows will be the best day of her life.
As a self-confessed workaholic who is planning a wedding Lisa has little spare time but when she does she likes to restore her sanity at the gym, enjoys concerts and live events and makes a big effort to see friends and family regularly.
Lisa believes that great achievements require great risks and is preparing to take great risks to prove herself at the Ricoh Arena.
She added: “I’m so excited to have been given the opportunity to support and grow on the existing success of the venue, which is amazingly versatile and dynamic. I can’t wait to get stuck in, work with the team and playing a key part in the future of the Ricoh Arena.”
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The Ricoh Arena is one of the UK’s premier venues for exhibitions, conferences, meetings, parties, concerts and entertainment boasting a unique combination of exhibition halls, auditorium, conference rooms, stadium, hotel, casino and restaurants.