Meet Savannah Martin, an Event Attendance Specialist (EAS) Manager, who is sharing her story of personal and professional development at Gartner. Savannah has had the opportunity to be a part of 3 different teams during her 3 year career. Learn about Savannah’s unique career journey below.
My name is Savannah Martin, not named after the beautiful city in Georgia but rather a television character; Magnum PI was a heartthrob, so I’ve been told. I grew up locally in Cape Coral, about 30 minutes from Gartner’s Fort Myers office, and am a proud graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where I majored in communication — Go Eagles!
Majoring in communication allowed me to graduate college doing what I love, talking to people. But I was unsure of what to do next. After interning with the Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins minor league team) I was offered a position to stay on as their community relations manager. This involved a lot of player and mascot appearances throughout the community, a position that I truly enjoyed. To further my career I took my next position at Miromar Outlets as the promotions and events coordinator for the mall. I was able to really grow my business acumen here through both verbal and written communication.
It was at Miromar Outlets that I met Chelsea Hall, at the time a colleague who was applying for a Client Partner position at Gartner. After she joined Gartner she spoke to me about how great the company is, not just her team but the company as a whole. Shortly after, her husband Tim Hall was hired in the Event Attendance Specialist (EAS) business unit. Tim quickly became passionate about his new role and then referred me for the interview process. I was hired on as an EAS in March of 2015. I’m excited to share that Chelsea has grown in her career from Client Partner to Client Partner Manager. Tim also has seen promotions during his tenure from EAS to EAS Manager to currently an EAS AVP.
An exciting thing about Gartner is that it is constantly growing and changing. During my first 3 years at Gartner I was a part of 3 different teams within EAS. I truly appreciated this regular movement as it allowed me to learn from 3 different leaders and 3 different sets of team members. Drive, tenacity and no limits mindset really are the driving forces within EAS. After 3 years in the EAS role, achieving bonuses, quota and Winner’s Circle, it was time for the next step. I worked closely with EAS managers as well as the EAS RVP, Bob Rigney. Bob really helped me develop my leadership skills and mindset so that when the time came I was confident about the decision to interview. I interviewed for an open EAS Manager position and was thrilled to accept the position as of March 2018; exactly 3 years from my start date. What a great way to celebrate a workiversary!
Gartner has been a fantastic company to work with from even before getting hired. It all starts with the interview process. When learning about the company and how much the employees loved their careers I had a feeling of “is this too good to be true?” I can confidently say that it is true! The culture at Gartner is completely welcoming; there are many different business units but it is a common theme to view our company as One Gartner. My favorite thing about the EAS business unit is that we are both competitive and collaborative. I am surrounded by goal-oriented, driven people who want to be the best. However, they are also some of the most collaborative teams that I have ever been a part of. One person’s success does not mean another person’s failure. Celebration is sweeter when with your colleagues, so we are always sharing best practices or brainstorming on how to do more, sell more, achieve more.
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