VIDEO: The 2013 Shmooz Winter Tour Recap
February 6, 2013
VIDEO: The Shmooz Trio of Winter 2013 Events is a Success; Addition of Discussion Panels for Agenda + OR & Massive Attendee Turnout are Major Contributors to Success; More to Come
Malakye.com just wrapped up a three-stop tour partnering with three industry-leading tradeshows (Agenda, Outdoor Retailer and SIA) to create three great opportunities for people and companies of lifestyle-driven industries to connect. For our first two stops of the 2013 Winter Shmooz Tour, we introduced all-new panel discussions which served to establish a friendly mood for the reps and candidates alike and helped to kick off the job fair & networking portion of the events.
The 2013 Shmooz Winter Tour wound its way from the Agenda show in Long Beach, Calif. on January 4 up to Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 25 and climbed up into the Rockies for the last stop in Denver, Colo. at the SIA Snow Show on February 1, 2032.
The three events combined brought together nearly 1,000 people looking to Shmooz it up with close to 40 companies in total. It truly served the purpose of bringing the job hunt to life and creating an opportunity for both companies and jobseeking candidates to become more than text to each other.
On Friday, January 4th The Shmooz by Malakye.com returned to the Agenda Tradeshow. Agenda Owner Aaron Levant’s continued support of and belief in the Malakye event enabled The Shmooz to bring together 15 of the industry’s leading employers, including Volcom, Oakley, Quiksilver & DC Shoes, Vans, Sanuk, Fox Head, Nixon, Tilly's, Pacific Sunwear and more, and was attended by well over 450 attendees for a day of discussion and Shmooz.
Malakye introduced a new element to The Shmooz this year in the form of discussion panels, which was debuted for the Shmooz at Agenda. Three panels featuring human resources professionals from industry leading companies covered topics focused on making the event more productive for the 100+ people in attendance during the panels. The topics included:
Above The Cut, featuring: Jennifer Barbaglia and Karina Philyaw of Fox Head and Irene Couch of Sanuk.
Networking – Traditional and Social, featuring: Jonny Sanchez of Pacific Sunwear, Christian Lusby of Fox Head, Amber Costello of Volcom and Tiffany Havlik of Tilly’s.
Making the Most of The Shmooz, featuring: Jeremy Havlik of Vans, John Seely of Oakley and Annie Anderson of Tilly’s.
“We’re always thinking on how to improve everyone’s experience at The Shmooz,” explained Malakye.com’s Chad Mihalick. “The idea of including discussion panels was something we believed was in reach and with the support of all the panelists it turned out great. Everyone I talked with about the panels really enjoyed them and found them productive.”
The action picked up after lunch – The Shmooz was on! More than 450 people came through during the Job Fair and Networking portion of the event to visit 15 of the industry’s leading employers including: VOLCOM, OAKLEY, TILLY'S, FOX HEAD, SANUK, VANS, QUIKSILVER, DC SHOES, PACIFIC SUNWEAR, ODINA SURF, NIXON, CREATIVE RECRECATION, SUPRA FOOTWEAR & KR3W, BAMBOO SKATEBOARDS, ROAD RUNNER SPORTS. As The Shmooz wound down, many of the employers reported a turnout of great people.
On Friday, January 25th The Shmooz by Malakye.com returned to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outdoor Retailer's continued support of and belief in the Malakye event enabled The Shmooz to bring together 16 of the industry's leading employers and well over 100 attendees for a day of discussion and Shmooz.
The Shmooz at OR Winter Market kicked off with two discussion panels featuring human resources professionals from industry leading companies covered topics focused on making the event more productive for the 100+ people in attendance during the panels. The topics included:
Above The Cut, featured: Chris Infurchia of Ragnar Relay Series, Nancy LaRocque of Specialized, Mike Spaulding of Backcountry.com and was hosted by Malakye.com's own Chad Mihalick.
Making the Most of The Shmooz, featured: Steven Kennedy of Cabela's, Lena Laakso of Petzl, Rob Hanel of the Clymb and was hosted by Malakye.com's Kelly Bader.
The action picked up after a 15 minute break following the end of discussions at noon – and The Shmooz was on! More than 100 eager job-seeking candidates came through during the Job Fair and Networking portion of the event to visit 16 of the industry’s leading employers including: CABELA's, SPECIALIZED, BEMIS, INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, GLIDE SUP, TALUS, RAGNAR RELAY, CUSTOM LEATHER CRAFT, PETZL, PEARL IZUMI, HORNY TOAD INC., BIG AGNES, ATHLETA, BACKCOUNTRY.COM, CHUMS, THE CLYMB. As The Shmooz wound down, many of the employers reported a turnout of great people.
On Friday, February 1st The Shmooz by Malakye.com returned to the SIA Snow Show in Denver, Colo. for the final stop in a trio of Winter Tour events. SIA's continued support of and belief in the Malakye event enabled The Shmooz to bring together 8 of the industry's leading employers and well over 150 attendees for a day of discussion and Shmooz.
Life Coach and Career Development Specialist Amy Magyar was on-site throughout the event, offering free services in resume and cover letter development as well as career coaching, personal branding and interviewing/interrogation methods. Amy, who lives in Burlington, VT., is an industry veteran and was pleased to speak with many enthusiatic and intelligent Shmooz participants.
"Malakye.com has continued producing the Shmooz for free for hiring reps and job-seeking cadidates alike to bring the site to life for our users across the country," explains Patrick Hourihan, Content & Marketing Coordinator for Malakye.com. "This was another successful year for the Shmooz at SIA and we'll look to continue bringing the Shmooz back to Denver next year and beyond!"
The Shmooz was on from 11am-4pm and more than 150 eager job-seeking candidates came through during the Job Fair and Networking event to visit 8 of the industry’s leading employers including: BURTON, 686, EVO, WINDELLS, SPECIALTY SPORTS VENTURE, VAIL, MY PAKAGE, SNOWBOARD COLORADO MAGAZINE. As The Shmooz wound down, many of the employers reported a turnout of great people.
That's a wrap for the Shmooz tour of Winter 2013! Thanks to all the companies and reps for supporting Malakye.com and thanks to all the candidates for coming out and participating! Be sure to keep an eye out for details on an upcoming #Shmooz near you!
Want even more on the Shmooz? Take a look at the individual photo galleries from each of our past Shmooz events on Malakye.com's Facebook page.
**Did you #Shmooz? What did you think? How can we make the next Shmooz even better? Please send all feedback, suggestions and encouragement to: firstname.lastname@example.org