Joe Condrill has been the President of Overseas Brats for over 30 years and knows a thing or two about planning meetings. Having started his hospitality experience with a Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), he also knows a thing or two about how the CVB brings value to every meeting. He specifically appreciates the true partnership he’s built with Visit Fairfax and the professionalism and commitment to success they bring to his meetings.
SUZZANNE: Tell us, what was your first job in the industry? How did you evolve to where you are now?
JOE: My first job in the hospitality industry was when I served as an intern (for my college degree) in the public information office at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors, circa 1976-77.
SUZZANNE: What is the hardest/most challenging part of your job? What do you most enjoy?
JOE: My toughest challenges include motivating people to be involved with our events and our organization and each year getting the right funding to keep our organization going. My biggest joy is when I see members of our organization coming together and seeing them getting something out of their belonging to our organization.
SUZZANNE: Outside the industry, what is your dream job?
JOE: My ‘dream job’ is my secondary job working in the cruise industry. During every cruise I do what I can to enhance the experience of the guests onboard the ship. It’s very rewarding and I love being able to see new destinations.
SUZZANNE: Where would we find you on a typical Saturday?
JOE: Saturdays are usually one of my days that I allow myself to volunteer at a local museum, where I show visitor’s some amazing artifacts.
What I value the most about my relationship with Visit Fairfax is the fact that the staff has some real quality people who fully understand what our organization is about and how they have assimilated themselves with our organization. They are a true partner of our organization and work tirelessly to ensure our event is a success.
Personal professionalism is the best way to describe our relationship with Visit Fairfax. It’s all very personal but very professional. Relationships are extremely important to our organization, something the professionals at Visit Fairfax fully understand and respond to.
I can’t speak about technology….but there will always be the need for people to meet in person. It’s what sustains us all and makes life worth living.