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SIMON KEELY

Sponsorship Specialist

I’ve got 25 years of event experience behind me, including Ellerslie Flower Show and Big Boys Toys. My strength and passion lie in strategic event planning – specifically in designing events with longevity and relevancy that will connect with audiences for years to come. I work with sponsors day in, day out. I understand what a sponsor is looking for and their needs are always at the forefront of my mind. I’m constantly trying to find ways to realise the true value of sponsorship.

The thrill for me is working on an event all year and then feeling that magical buzz when the gates open, people are excited and all the organised chaos of planning comes together in one unique experience. 

My favourite event moment would have to be bringing the wonderful and eccentric Lizard Man to Big Boys Toys, which involved him pulling 5 tonnes with his split tongue. It was quite a sight to see.

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