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Jason Desaulniers
Outside Sales
Capital Party Rentals
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2018-04-26

An interview with Jason Desaulniers

Q.How long have you been working in the event industry?
A.I have seven years of experience planning events with Capital Party Rentals. I began my career with Capital as an Inside Sales Associate, assisting clients with selecting décor, textiles, and place settings, as well as designing tablescapes to reflect the overall theme of their special event. After 4.5 years, I transitioned to Event Manager, where I directed the on-site installation of several large scale events (concerts, festivals, marathons, and parties). Currently, I am an Event Coordinator, directly serving clients who are planning both large and small scale events, from start to finish. Being an Event Coordinator allows me the opportunity to combine the experience I gained as Sales Associate and Event Manager so that I can provide my clients with a greater perspective in planning their entire event, from start to finish.
Q.What type of events do you have the most experience in?
A.My event planning experience encompasses several different types of events from weddings to festivals, marathons, concerts, and parties. Because I have been working in the event planning industry for seven years, I have become accustomed to planning and coordinating various events rather than just one particular type.
Q.How would you describe your design style?
A.Prior to joining the event planning industry, I worked in the Interior Design industry for seven years. While I would describe my personal design style as Contemporary, my Interior Design experience taught me to embrace styles outside of my own personal style, allowing me to adapt my personal style to suit the needs and tastes of the client’s.
Q.What’s your favorite type of venue to work with?
A.I prefer to work with unique venues that I have not typically worked with in the past because I enjoy, and welcome, the distinct challenges and experiences that come with planning special events at new and different venues.
Q.What was your most challenging event?
A.As the Event Manager for the 2015 Landmark Music Festival in DC’s West Potomac Park, I was responsible for ensuring all of the client’s requirements were met, and their expectations exceeded. Over a nine day period, I ensured that all tents, tables, chairs, flooring, and lights were set up and installed per the client’s instructions. Due to the size and complexity of the music festival (5 concert stages visited by approximately 25,000 people per day), the event required an increased time commitment, an ability to quickly adapt to the client’s needs, and the capacity to implement modifications on short notice. The event involved overseeing several crew members and installers, and demanded an ability to work both independently and as part of a team to accomplish the job within the required timeframe. We all had to work together under challenging circumstances, but the installation was completed successfully and to the client’s satisfaction.
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