Happy Birthday to our company president and New Zealand native, Steve Mackenzie! Steve is exceptional at facilitating the growth of our business and inspiring our vision of it’s future. It’s only appropriate that his birthday fell on the Thanksgiving weekend, given he deserves so many “thanks” for who he is and what he does.
Q. What is your role at EventBooking and what do you like about that role?
A. My role is President and the best thing about that role is getting to help set the direction of an amazing company with amazing people.
Q. Describe your “perfect” meal, complete with dessert.
A. Mud Crab (only really available in Australia and South East Asia) boiled and then rolled in salt and pepper, with another one for dessert! Crab has to be my favourite of all foods, and Mud Crab my favourite within that genre!
Q. What’s something about you that might surprise people?
A. My very first paying job (part-time) was as a cartoonist for a local newspaper.
Q. What’s your favorite movie, favorite book, and favorite band?
A. The movie would have to be Love Actually (yes I know it’s a chick flick), but I love the underlying theme of it and always make a point to watch it every Christmas with my wife. Favourite book would be anything by Wilbur Smith; I love epic tales of Africa. I also love to read Lee Child and Tom Clancy. As far as music goes I have a pretty wide-range of likes – but David Bowie was always a favourite, a very sad day for music last year when he died. He influenced so many artists and music genres.
Q. If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead) who would it be?
A. Rather than just one person, I’d love to bring together a group of all the family and friends who have been such a big part of my life over the 18 years I lived in NZ, 18 years in Australia and 14 years in the United States. I’ve been blessed to not only have some wonderful family members but also met many amazing people over that time from really diverse backgrounds – I’d love to get them all together and spend a weekend eating and drinking and sharing laughs and memories.
Q. What’s something you’re passionate about?
A. Rugby is something I am truly passionate about. Having grown up as a schoolboy playing rugby, I was then and am still now an avid follower particularly of the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. I have gone to great lengths to ensure no matter where I am in the world I always get to see the games they are involved in. Technology has definitely helped this!
Q. What would you tell yourself 10 years ago?
A. Take a breath, make sure you focus on other things besides work – and if you do, you’ll actually achieve better productivity in the long run!
Q. What is one of your favorite places that you’ve traveled to?
A. Coming from New Zealand, many of my favourite places are over there such as Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook (both in the aptly named Mackenzie district), I also love Cape Town in South Africa, a truly beautiful spot. And Lizard Island on the far northern part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, an Island I lived on for 5 years holds a very special place in my heart.
Q. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
A. I was very keen to learn to play the bagpipes about 15 years ago and started to learn. It takes a good 2 years to learn just playing the chanter before you even progress to the actual bagpipes themselves. I had got to the end of the chanter phase and then my instructor decided to move back to the UK so I never did get to finish learning. I still have my set of bagpipes but alas, I never mastered the skill to play them. I wanted to be able to play at my childrens’ weddings but I guess we’ll just have to hire someone when that time comes!
Happy Birthday, Steve! Thanks for all you do!