Mr ‘Never say no’
General Manager – Brad Dabbs
Brad has been at the helm of Showtime Event Group for over 7 years. When establishing the group’s core market, Weddings were flagged early on. Brad comes from a background of resorts and hotels, were guest experience and satisfaction is first and foremost.
‘In the early days I wanted to make things easy for couples. Everyone in the market had a wedding package, but then they also had a very long list of extra things you had to pay for. I wanted Showtime Events Centre to show that when you book this venue, we include all the little things you don’t want to go away and think about, or budget for, on top of your reception’.
‘I never wanted to be in a position that I had to tell a couple that what they wanted couldn’t be done. I never wanted to say no. So for the past 7 years I’ve tried my hardest to meet every couple, whether its on their first site, as host at their menu tasting, or there to greet them on the big night. I’ve listened to the changing market, and I’ve ensured that our team has multiple packages, price points and menu options to facilitate any request that comes through.’
Senior Wedding Producer – Karinda Mathison
Karinda has produced weddings at Showtime Event Group for the past 5 years. Not only did the venue take out the top prize, but Karinda was runner up for the Best Wedding Producer in Australia, missing out by just 0.2% of the vote.
There’s not much she hasn’t seen, and with many weddings under her belt there is no problem she can’t fix. Even after all this time you’re guaranteed to find her crying during first dance, and speeches… and the entry… and the walk down the aisle… well you get the idea!
All about the “vibes” and creating those priceless Kodak moments, Karinda lives and breathes the ‘No stress Policy’
Although she’s pedantic about the detail and ensuring no rock goes unturned, she doesn’t take life too seriously and believes in flipping the traditional “wedding” on its head to create one-hell-of-a-party!
Mr Fabulous (Exclamation Mark)
Wedding Producer, Gavin Johnston
If this team was a giant colourfully wrapped box, Gavin would be the polka dot ribbon tied in one massive bow.
Gavin has a background in weddings and events in luxury 5 star hotels, so he knows how to deliver polished service even under the highest of pressure.
‘The best part of my job is meeting a couple who are stressed to the max about the entire wedding ordeal, and within 2 minutes I can settle them with a glass of champagne, and the assurance that they need not worry, they have me Producing their wedding. Then I watch them smile, and get excited. Goodbye stress, hello Gavin!
Mrs Mother Hen
Head of Weddings – Hayley Murnane
Hayley is our number one weddings veteran, she knows the ins and outs of every little detail that’s required to create the dream wedding for any couple. From first contact all the way through until the end of the big day, her wealth of knowledge and keen eye make her our go-to girl!
Hayley started with Showtime in 2012, and was part of the growth that cemented (what is now) Showtime Event Group. Hayley took some time off to start her family but she is back with the Showtime family ready to to take the Weddings department to new heights in her dream role.
“I have always loved weddings and even after all the years, I can’t see myself doing anything else!”
Food and Beverage Manager – Paul O’Brien
Paul heads Showtime Event Group’s operations, often across multiple sites. His background in unique venues, and off site catering, combined with traditional hotel style operations, is the perfect mix to deliver a high end service, with the relaxed and personable feel required.
‘I’ve run events for decades. Whilst the next wedding may be the one thousand and twentieth event I’ve done, I never forget to remind all of my team on the night, that to a certain couple, this is the most important event of their life, therefore it is, for that night, ours as well’.