John Jossifakis CSEP believes that the event management space has come to a point where it’s not just about organizing or creating corporate and personal gatherings. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Jossifakis has witnessed the evolution and growth of event management over the years. More than just growth in the size and capacity of events, the world demands to see more than what already exists, beyond what it has seen in the past.
“Event Committees are called upon to reach new heights, push boundaries and deliver performances so technically advanced that they give new meaning to event management,says Jossifakis. This trend in the industry will leave some organizers facing problems every time they try to create a professional standards event; this is the case with major sporting ceremonies. After every grand opening and closing ceremony, the world quickly turns its attention to the next big thing and expects to see more. To meet the expectations of audiences, sponsors and organizations, organizers must have the technical knowledge and operational understanding necessary to create and execute large-scale events. This is evident with the Olympic ceremonies and the Super Bowl halftime segment.
Jossifakis foresaw this trend and took the lead by training and immersing himself in technical design, fireworks, pyrotechnics and special effects design. He is a member of the Pyrotechnic Guild International, an independent, global, non-profit organization of amateur and professional fireworks experts and enthusiasts. He has also been invited on several occasions as a guest speaker on fireworks and special effects at events industry gatherings in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. East. Jossifakis has also obtained the internationally accepted fireworks and explosives license from the Canadian government since 1996 to date.
The current trend in event management is not limited to spectacular displays of fireworks and pyrotechnics. The events industry has also gone digital. Unsurprisingly, Jossifakis took a head start by earning the Harvard Business School degree in Entertainment Media and Sports in 2017 and the MIT Sloan Business School degree in Digital Strategy.
Having worked for the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2006 Doha Asian Games Torch Relay and Ceremonies, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup and Formula E ePRIX in 2019 and 2020, Jossifakis gained extensive experience in sporting events and torch relays. He also has experience in event management for concerts, live events and music production, where he produced the MTV Unplugged SCORPIONS in 2013.
Jossifakis’ specialties include event design, production management, show concepts and advanced technical design, special effects and fireworks conceptualization.
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