The team at Complete Function Hire genuinely love being involved in Melbourne’s wedding and events industries. Our team of event industry professionals use their experience and personalised approach to ensure Complete Function Hire’s event partners and clients have the best possible event experiences – to us, it is all about customer service.
On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we get to know our hardworking Business Development Manager, Jamie Staton. Family man, Essendon supporter and long standing hospitality and events industry extraordinaire, it is Jamie’s role to work closely with our event partners and clients to ensure events are delivered seamlessly every time.
Jamie’s experience in hospitality and events has been vast. For over 20 years, Jamie has worked with Melbourne’s largest catering companies, venues, hotels, special events and events businesses in various roles which encompassed everything from back of house, to managing huge major events for Melbourne’s caterers to managing large event and operations teams. It is Jamie’s extensive operational experience in hospitality, weddings and events that means he can always provide the best solutions for our clients.
How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?
I have been involved in the industry since 1994 – my first gig was with Peter Rowland Catering as a kitchen hand. I remember my first gig well – a huge event at the National Gallery of Victoria with Peter Rowland Catering – it was an exciting and nerve racking experience being part of such a huge event at such an iconic Melbourne venue.
My first shift at Complete Function Hire was also memorable (and massive!). In July 2012, I had my first shift and was lucky to work alongside Matt Slingo – we worked hard that day, bumping in furniture and equipment all over Melbourne (around 10 different venues!). We all love working hard at Complete Function Hire and my first day definitely set the standard.
Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?
That is a tough question as I have been a part of so many different types of events over the years. One that really stands out was Le Tout Melbourne. Le Tout Melbourne was an amazing event showcase at Hisense Arena in August this year – I loved working closely with the venue and group of event suppliers to put this amazing event together. It was wonderful to also attend the event which was Circus themed – the food, entertainment and venue were all mind blowing and everyone involved had such a great event experience.
Most fabulous place you have delivered furniture or event equipment to whilst working at Complete Function Hire?
We have definitely had our fair share of celebrity citing’s and glamourous events. Shane Warne’s mansion in Toorak was amazing (Liz Hurley was there!) and another that stands out for me (as a Bomber fan) was dropping off furniture to James Hird’s house.
What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?
I love being part of the Complete Function Hire team as it is a family environment of likeminded people. We all work closely together and our main objective is to provide the best service for our clients. We work hard but also know how to have a laugh together!
When you are not working hard at Complete Function Hire, what are your favourite hobbies?
Spending time with family and friends.
Watching the footy and going to the footy with the kids.
Having a round of golf, a cold beer and a nice meal.
If you need help planning your next event – speak to Jamie and the team of event professionals at Complete Function Hire today.