They say that many hands make light work but in Conventa’s case we could say that few hands make work more personal. Meet the small team behind Conventa 2017 that knows how to create an unforgettable experience for exhibitors and hosted buyers.

miha, kovačič

Miha Kovačič, Exhibition Director

How did you get into the meetings industry?
15 years ago when I was working for the largest tour operator in the country, the M&IT department head invited me to join the team. I haven’t left the industry since and a few years later I shifted to the convention hotel and eight years ago to the national convention bureau. So far it has been a challenging but rewarding experience contributing to the development of the industry.

miha@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about Conventa?
It is difficult almost impossible to name the most positive one. There are so many and they are connected to each other. Conventa is also a development project so things are changing every year. One of them is definitely positioning Slovenia and South East Europe on international meetings map. The next one could be uniting the meetings industry of the region and developing its product, its potential but also demonstrating its value and contribution to national economies.

Career high
I am in the middle of my professional career and the first half has been great. I am looking forward for the second half.

Three words that describe you best
Work hard, Play hard, being me

If you weren’t working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to attempt?
Global top innovative blue chip corporation

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be? Winter/spring/summer/autumn/alone/with partner/family/friends/weekend/week/month/year – How many answers may I give you?

What always makes you smile?
Friends and some colleagues but also passionate people.

Gorazd Cad, Editor-in-Chief of Kongres magazine

Gorazd Čad, Head of Marketing

How did you get into the meetings industry?
I first got inspired for the meetings industry at Cankarjev dom, where I worked as a student. Back then it was virtually the only convention centre and PCO in Slovenia, which has given me a lot of knowledge and connections. It was a long time infection that still lasts to this day. In the meantime, I also tried myself as a hotelier, but my passion for the meetings industry and organisation has led me to my own company, which is in addition to other projects co-creating the Conventa Trade Show.

gorazd@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about the Conventa?
Definitely the special energy that we have managed to create at the event and which much larger congress organisers envy. Our energy is the result of Conventa being prepared by highly experienced organisers who are trying to understand buyers’ needs as well as the needs of exhibitors. At the same time the whole event is conceived as a boutique experience.

Carreer high:
In the long career there have been a lot of events that could be described as peaks depending on the period. Among congresses the highlight was definitely the largest congress in Slovenia’s history, the Apimondia Congress, which was organised in 2003 in Cankarjev dom . Today, the biggest challenge and at the same time satisfaction is managing my private firm and I am especially excited by changes in the field of content marketing, which we are trying to promote through the production of Kongres magazine.

Three words that describe you best:
Rock’n’roll.

If you were not working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to try your hand at?
As a geographer by heart, I would probably travel around the world and write travelogues about the most unusual places I visited.

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be?
I would travel through the length and breadth of Russia and explore the endless expanse of Siberia.

What always makes you smile?
The morning walks with my flat-coated retriever, whose name is Bodo.

Natalija Bah Čad, Exhibitors and Social Programme Manager

How did you get into the meetings industry?
During my study at the Faculty of Arts I was working as a hostess in Cankarjev dom, Congress and Cultural Centre in Ljubljana. At that time I first had a chance to get in contact with congress participants. It was a very interesting experience. When there was an opportunity to start working in the PCO department, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. And I stayed there for 10 years….

natalija@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about the Conventa?
I was involved in the organisation of the biggest congresses held in Ljubljana with very complex logistic. But Conventa is special. First because we did it from scratch. And every year it is a challenge how to make it even more effective for providers and hosted buyers.

Career high:
After 17 years in the meetings industry, I still see a lot of challenges. For sure I will continue my work as a congress organiser and share my experiences with younger colleagues that would like to work in the meetings industry as well.

Three words that describe you best:
The 3C’s: calm, creative, curious

If you weren’t working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to attempt?
Hmm… if not a meeting planner, than I would probably try it as a designer.

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be?
I am dreaming about Africa

What always makes you smile?
Nice sunny mornings.

Polona Simšič, Content Manager

How did you get into the meetings industry?
Actually it was Conventa that first introduced me to the meetings industry. Three years ago organizers needed someone to help out with on-location press and Conventa TV so I stepped in at the last minute. Agreeing to work on the project I did not know what to expect, but obviously I was pleasantly surprised so I have been working on and for Conventa ever since.

marketing@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about the Conventa?
I think idea of connecting people in the SEE region. The business model might look complicated on the outside but it is actually quite simple and works very well. Another thing I would say is the opportunity to mix serious business with pleasure.

Career high:
That’s a tough one. I am interested in so many things and you never know where life will take you. If I would have to pick one thing from the past that I hope to continue working on I would choose the Intercontinental Advertising CUP – The CUP. I love to feed of creativity which I believe we are often lacking in life.

Three words that describe you best:
Direct, organized and creative.

If you weren’t working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to attempt?
If you want a serious answer than I would stay in marketing, but those who know me really well know that it is hard for me to stay serious so writing children’s science fiction stories would be great!

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be?
Tokyo, Japan.

What always makes you smile?
Animals and the crazy things they do. People and the crazy things they do.

Nina Praprotnik, Content & Marketing

How did you get into the meetings industry?
As with mayor events in my life, I believe that there are no coincidences. Looking back, I always say that some of my previous work experiences lead me to where I am today. After many experiences in public relations, marketing and corporative communications, you see that all is connected in some sort of way.

nina.praprotnik@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about the Conventa?
Meeting all the most important people in this industry under one roof! We are in constant lack of time and resources and this is truly the best way to optimize your time and business. And what better way is doing this at Conventa which is also strongly focusing on personal part of the business? As I say, business is still personal and the connections you get at Conventa truly last!

Career high:
My personal life goal is to have a small B&B where I could personally express my personality – I love to travel and I think hosting people is a way you can bring the whole world to you. My goal is to manage and own a B&B where I could be focusing on extreme hospitality and friendliness, local food and amazing Slovenian wines, topped with activities with locals.

Three words that describe you best:
Talkative, direct, organized.

If you weren’t working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to attempt?
All in all, I always say that you never know where life will lead you. But all things considering, owning and managing my own B&B is on top of my list for meJ.

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be?
Too hard question for someone who would go anywhere. But a location where wearing flip flops and reading a book, discovering good food, culture and people is always a good choice.

What always makes you smile?
Friendly people, spontaneity, enjoying good food and wine in good company. Just the small things that spice up the life. People too often forget that the smallest things can make a total difference – from sharing a smile to people and positive energy, saying hello to a stranger on the street, plain kindness.

Nina Ozanič, Hosted Buyer Manager

How did you get into the meetings industry?
I started my journey in tourism in one of the leading tourist agencies in Slovenia as a travel counsellor. During my studying years I discovered my love for meetings industry and since then I wished to work in congress field. After graduation, a bit more than one year ago, opportunity came and I joined the Toleranca Marketing team which is also organizer of Conventa trade show. Since then I worked on many different and exciting projects and I just fell in love with the congress industry.

Nina.ozanic@conventa.info

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What is the most positive thing about Conventa?
I would say the most positive thing about Conventa is that it is boutique. Small, energetic and passionate Conventa team that wants to make hosted buyers and exhibitors feel truly welcome in Slovenia and of course focusing on high personal note and productiveness. In the business, time is precious and with Conventa business model we try to make the participants time as productive as possible.

Career high:
My journey in meetings industry has just began and I am looking forward to new challenges.

Three words that describe you best:
Enthusiastic, vigorous, independent.

If you weren’t working in the meetings industry what other profession would you care to attempt?
Since I like everything connected to sport, food and working with people, I would definitely be working somewhere in this area.

If you could fly off to any destination in the world which destination would that be?
That’s an easy one. I would fly to Japan and discover its rural areas and beauties.

What always makes you smile?
Walk, hike or run in the woods – I have special connection with nature. But a delicious medium grilled burger is also never superfluous.

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