Lisa (AKA "Lisa-Maree") is highly regarded as an industry leader & expert when it comes to venues & events. Lisa has an extensive background assisting a broad clientele from individual facilitators to major corporates, PAs, L&D teams to GMs, in sourcing appropriate venues & services for a wide range of successful conferences & functions. Possessing qualifications in Public Relations, Hotel Operations/Catering, Tourism & Office Management, she spent many years with the hotel industry including Conference Management & Director of Sales roles prior to taking over the reins at Ultimate Conferences & subsequenly founding Ultimate Performance+Recruitment & TheVenueShop.com. Diverse experiences span time within Accor Hotels along with independent regional properties... plus early in her career with Australian Resorts/P&O Resorts in QLD (Front Office Manager/Trainer) & Radisson Hotels both in Melbourne & Queensland (F&B Operations/Administration, Reception & Night audit).
With 10 years working as a Senior Consultant/Account Manager in Recruitment to complement her hotel experience, Lisa has strong negotiation skills, prides herself on her resourcefulness, attention to detail, warm & highly professional approach which has ensured she forge many long-lasting relationships in the C&E sector. Most importantly, her passion for the industry & genuine interest in helping people achieve is infectious, with a strong commitment to providing the best possible service in support of both your business & individual career development!
Working so closely over the years with an incredibly array of MICE sector professionals & associated suppliers, Lisa has developed a tremendous network of contacts with relationships at all levels. She understands both the opportunities & challenges faced in this market & sees the establishment of Ultimate Performance+Recruitment as the ideal way to assist in providing solutions for individuals & organisations alike to achieve their own personal & business goals, extending on the same approach Ultimate has always taken in supporting their conferences & events clients.
"Ultimate always provide fantastic options for us. Reports are detailed, varied & affordable. Nothing ever too much trouble. Cheerful, accommodating, always going the extra mile & takes all the stress out of organising conferences & events"
"You rock!! Thanks so much for your help with our off-sites - professional & lovely assistance as per usual!!
"Lisa makes the challenging task of researching & sourcing appropriate training & function venues a 'tick & flick' activity. Skilled in capturing client needs & matching appropriate solutions. She's also great at identifying opportunities if something doesnt fit in a certain box & presenting alternatives. What a great service!"
"I have utilised Ultimate on numerous occasions for many years & have found them always be on time, reliable, efficient & really understand my needs. I prefer to have Ultimate recommend me a venue as they are up to date with all the happenings of the industry & can put forward the best venues & deals. I have no hesitation in recommending to any organisation."
"The people to go to first when you need conference bookings, so reliable & very cost effective."
National Key Accounts Manager - Conferences & Events
Joining us in early 2012, Bec brought with her over 10 years' experience in the hospitality/events industry. Her career began in her native England, where she worked as a Business Development Manager for the UK's largest full-service Events & Conference Management company.
After moving to Melbourne in 2005, Rebecca spent the ensuing 7 years in Hotel Sales (MICE) roles - including with Marriott Hotels as National Sales/Market Manager, group Sales Manager across a portfolio of highly regarded regional Victorian dedicated conference venues, plus, BDM (MICE) with the stunning Langham Hotel Melbourne.
Excited to be in a position now to apply her extensive venue knowledge & significant conference experiences, assisting our clients with their residential retreats, conferences, training programs & corporate events, not just around Australia, but across the world. Rebecca possesses am incredibly well-rounded skill set, is unflappable, dedicated, extremely approachable & helpful - an ideal complement to the team, always with her clients' best interests at heart.
Office Manager, Sales Consultant/Account Manager
With her fantastic attention to detail, pride in her work & ability to prioritise (& constantly re-prioritise) a significant, often rapidly changing workload under tight timeframes, Sara commenced as a highly valued member of the support team at Ultimate! Joining us in September 2010, we were so pleased to entice her across during a phase of signifcant growth & rebranding of the business.
Sara has a Certificate in Recruitment & Selection from the RCSA, a Certificate in Office Practices plus completed training courses in psychometric profiling. Sara has held various office management & senior support/para-consulting roles within executive recruitment, labour hire & generalist companies for 16 years, prior to taking a change of direction - moving into the C&E sector for a new challenge & is absolutely thriving in this environment. Consistently building on her knowledge, Sara has since also become part of our "client-facing" team, account managing the needs for many of our regulars, with particular focus on training/development, or for those special milestone events & end-of-year celebrations.
Sara loves the diversity given one day is never the same as the next, dealing with so many lovely people in the conference industry & thinks the people she works with "aren’t half bad either!"
HR Consultant / Psychologist
Azni is an organisational psychologist, qualified coach & councillor with a strong commitment to enabling individuals develop self-awareness & change behaviours thus leading to the alignment of personal & organisational vision. She is a proponent of the tenets of Positive Psychology which is ‘founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful & fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, to enhance their experiences of love, work & play.’
Azni works in partnership with the organisation & the individual to enable sustained behaviour change. She uses her understanding of human motivation from a psychological point of view & applies it in a business context understanding the imperatives of a commercial environment with a goal of building workplaces that foster satisfaction & high productivity. Specialties include Executive Coaching, Leadership Assessment, Career Transition, Team Relationship Building, Psychometric Assessment, Recruitment & Selection.
Looking for Sam or Venue Selector?
Sam, moved her business (Venue Selector) into the Ultimate group in early 2014. Having established Venue Selector in 2003, juggling the demands of raising a young family was the catalyst for Sam originally to set up her own business. At the time, it was also a fabulous way to put the experience she had gained from almost 20 years in the industry across F&B, conference/banquet operations & Hotel Sales to good use.
Sam's success in building the former Venue Selector client base (which included multi-national companies such as Dulux & Amcor) is testament to the level & standard of service she provided to her customers. Keen to stay in some way connected to the industry, but ideally now move into a more in-house events or project based role, we are pleased to work with Sam to create a new home for her clients whilst she focuses on a new direction moving forward. Sam says...
“I am thrilled to transition my business to Ultimate - where I am still able to offer my loyal clients the expertise & venue knowledge they have come to rely on when making the decision of which venue to choose! I can now also introduce them to additional services, suppliers, new & exciting offers for which the fabulous Ultimate team are industry leaders. I have known the Owner/Director Lisa for many years, so it's been a very smooth transition. It's exciting to be working with a team of such amazing people. Supporting their clients in so much more than the standard venue-finding model, combined with such strong partnerships & communication with venues/suppliers alike, really sets them apart from the rest. I know my former clients are in great hands!”