A fresh take on event plan­ning

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Name: Gre­gory Fast Age: 27 Po­si­tion: Event plan­ner and de­signer

Job de­scrip­tion: I am the owner and lead for Gre­gory Fast Events & De­sign, a full-ser­vice event plan­ning and de­sign com­pany. Clients come to us for cu­rated, orig­i­nal, breath­tak­ing, mem­o­rable events. We plan and de­sign birthdays, weddings, so­cial events, mile­stone cel­e­bra­tions, cor­po­rate func­tions and in­ti­mate din­ner par­ties. In the past, we have been for­tu­nate to work with a num­ber of in­flu­en­tial clients in Hamil­ton and the GTA, with one of our favourite events be­ing an in­ti­mate birth­day party fea­tur­ing Juno Award win­ner Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. Past cor­po­rate clients include McMaster Univer­sity, the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Charles & Hunt, True Hamil­to­nian and Cot­tage Life Mag­a­zine.

We have some re­ally ex­cit­ing projects com­ing up. On the cor­po­rate side, we have a Vene­tian car­ni­vale, a black magic evening and a fu­tur­is­tic-themed gala. We also have sev­eral weddings, each with a dif­fer­ent flair. One in par­tic­u­lar will fea­ture a fer­ris wheel cock­tail re­cep­tion with cus­tom hedge mazes and strolling guest en­ter­tain­ers.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing?

Event de­sign is my pas­sion. The path has been wind­ing and I am cre­at­ing a ca­reer that brings to­gether ev­ery­thing that is most im­por­tant to me: fam­ily, friend­ships, love, art, busi­ness and a strong work ethic. I have al­ways had a pas­sion for de­sign and have al­ways loved break­ing bound­aries, cre­at­ing those “wow” mo­ments. Mak­ing some­one feel ap­pre­ci­ated is al­ways my goal in my per­sonal life and I ap­ply that same value to the work I do on any event — through the de­tails and de­sign, I al­ways strive to make peo­ple feel spe­cial and im­por­tant.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer:

Watch, lis­ten, be pa­tient. If you have a dream, work hard at it, learn from oth­ers and take noth­ing for granted. You are not bet­ter than any­one else be­cause you are dif­fer­ent than every­body else, be orig­i­nal, be you. Every con­tact you meet is an op­por­tu­nity and every op­por­tu­nity is a step­ping-stone.

Roots: Born in Hamil­ton, took a 20-year break while be­ing raised in Burling­ton, now back and lov­ing every minute of this amaz­ing city. #hamil­ton­ishome

In­sta­gram han­dle: @GREGTFAST

iPhone, An­droid or BB? iPhone, Gold Re­cent Face­book up­date: A link to a video of my youngest sis­ter, Re­nata Fast, be­ing in­ter­viewed on Sport­snet — she is ab­so­lutely killing it with her hockey ca­reer.

Net­works: Hamil­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce, YEP, Hamil­ton Hive

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town:

Tough one — brunch at Saint James or the French, treats from Democ­racy, din­ner at Aberdeen Tav­ern, late night cock­tails and con­ver­sa­tion at The Brain.

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton:

The parks — specif­i­cally, Gage Park. How lucky are we to have that big city feel­ing with such amaz­ing green spa­ces? Gage Park will al­ways be some­where I go for in­spi­ra­tion.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city:

En­sur­ing the pro­tec­tion and restora­tion of the beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture and her­itage this city car­ries. These build­ings are part of what makes Hamil­ton so amaz­ing — let’s not lose that.

Con­tacts: greg@gre­go­ry­fast.com; www.gre­go­ry­fast.com

Quote: “All that re­ally mat­ters is that the peo­ple you love are healthy and happy, ev­ery­thing else is just sprin­kles on the sun­dae.” — Paul Walker

If you know a Hamil­ton Pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­pec.com.

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Gre­gory Fast, 27, is an event plan­ner and de­signer. “Clients come to us for cu­rated, orig­i­nal, breath­tak­ing, mem­o­rable events,” he says.

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