What are you most proud of in your business and private lives?
Finding the courage to leave a good job that I had in Ljubljana, leave my family and friends who I really miss, and go to the other side of the world to live my dreams.

Life wisdom/motto?
‘Save the Earth, it’s the only planet that has chocolate.’ I can’t live without chocolate… J

Where are you going to spend this year’s holiday?
I haven’t quite planned my next holiday yet, but either it will be skiing in Queenstown (NZ), surfing in Fiji or visiting family and friends in Slovenia.

What was your favourite vacation?
Backpacking around Cuba, a surf trip to Portugal and living in New Zealand (I’ve been here for a while now, but it still feels like I’m on holiday J ).

Where would you go if there were no time and financial constraints?
At the moment, I would love to go home, to see my family.

What is your favourite indoor/outdoor activity?
Indoor: reading books by the fireplace with a hot chocolate in hands. Outdoor: surfing.

What is you favourite dish and restaurant (anywhere in the world)?
Food: My granny’s crepes; my mom’s vegetable lasagna; my partner’s thai green curry. Restaurant: Gostilna Cad in Ljubljana.

What is you favourite gadget?
Surfboard.

Which song do you most often play on your iPod?
September, Future Prophecies.

Which part of the day and of the week is your favourite?
Mornings. Monday to Sunday.

What is your favourite mode of transport?
Bike.

If you could return to the past or hurry to the future, how old would you like to be? Why?
It might sound boring, but I’m quite happy where I am: I look like I am 25 and I think I know as much as I would have known when I’m in my 60s J

If you could witness any event in history which one would you choose?
First Olymics in ancient Greece.

What was the best party you have attended?
A house party in a barn above Ruapuke – it was just so random, in the middle of some huge farm above the ocean, and all the locals were there (from neighbouring farms), from kids to grannies.

The last film, book, concert?
Movie: Hangover 3. Book: Let the great world spin, Colum McCann. Concert: Fly my pretties (Womad Festival, Taranaki).

What fantasy character would you be?
Spiderman – I love the way he climbs the skyscrapers

What did you learn last week?
A magic trick with a disappearing coin.

Photo: Lana Mihelčič

SHORT CV 

While studying at the Law Faculty of Ljubljana I was working as a hostess, in Cankarjev dom and in Auditoria. After graduation I worked for the Tomaz Cad Law Office, but decided to leave the job as I got a one year working holiday visa for New Zealand. As a traveller and a surfer I have always dreamt of living close to the ocean. My dreams came true in a tiny surfing town called Raglan. After meeting my partner I ended up ‘extending’ my holidays. After a year of working in local cafes I was desperate for a more challenging job. As my law degree is not valid in NZ I decided to go back to event management. I got a job at Conferenz, NZ’s leading conference organiser. My role as a conference manager is to write programmes for different conferences. As I am able to work from my home office in Raglan and surf during lunch breaks, I can say that I live my dreams.

 

Company web page: www.conferenz.co.nz

Blog: www.coconuts4sale.wordpress.com

 

 

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.