We were pleasantly surprised by our recent inclusion in the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100 list. Surprised and delighted, because we certainly didn’t expect it. This unexpected honor was just that. A genuine surprise that naturally made us wonder… how exactly did we get here? It wasn’t as easy to answer as you might expect, until we realized the things we’ve been doing all along are the reasons we’ve found success in the here and now.
This is not just a story of our achievements, then. It’s an invitation to understand the essence of what makes Metavent a unique and successful player in the events industry. From our client and attendee-focused philosophy, to our Ask & Listen strategy that shapes every event we craft. Or the wealth of experience in our systems and processes designed by CEO, Anna Rembold and Director of Events, Emily Davis. With over 4 decades of industry experience between them, these two powerhouses drive intuitive and tailored event experiences that resonate with clients and attendees alike.
All of which is why we're diving in — taking a closer look at our systems, processes, strategies, team and company culture. Exploring how each has contributed to our growth. In ways we’ve always known are valuable, but hadn’t realized were Fast 100 valuable!
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Putting the client and attendee experience first is a cornerstone of Metavent's philosophy. A significant factor in our growth and success because it is embedded in everything we do.
From sales kick-offs to incentive trips, Metavents are tailored to celebrate and motivate teams, ensuring each is an unforgettable experience. Our executive offsites and team offsites go even further — transforming ordinary gatherings into extraordinary experiences that inspire and align. Which is just another way of saying that every decision, plan and execution is done with the client and attendee in mind.
Our journey with every client begins with our Ask & Listen strategy. It’s simple: we engage in meaningful conversations with our clients to understand their vision. Listening to their needs and expectations. Crucial steps to set the tone for the entire event.
Asking the right questions puts Metavent in a position to understand clients’ hot buttons, event objectives, and attendee personalities. Building trust and ensuring the event is designed with their experience top of mind. Aligned with the client's objectives and attendees' preferences.
It’s always time to Ask & Listen, which is why we use it as part of a holistic, empathetic approach. Coming back to it throughout the event planning process. Eliminating assumptions and making client-focused decisions at every stage. Elevating events from generic to unique through specificity and personalisation. Allowing us to design events that attendees feel are crafted specifically for them.
We all know details matter. Knowing what details to focus on and why is where our expertise comes into play. Every element of a Metavent, from the thematic decor to the choice of menu, the venue layout and event flow, are all chosen and designed with precision. Details transform an event from ordinary to extraordinary, and yes, every detail really does count.
We set up our clients and partners for success because not paying attention to details often means something at the event gets overlooked, abandoned, or missed. Without thorough planning and operational excellence, the event becomes a drain. Which is one more reason why our Ask & Listen strategy goes such a long way to ensuring event success. The more we know about what’s driving our clients’ needs and wants, the better we can satisfy them with solutions their attendees will love.
The final layer in our approach is operational excellence — where our planning and attention to detail come to life. Including case-by-case contingency plans, of course. So events run smoothly, no matter the hiccups. We also shield attendees from logistical hassles — leaving their attention undivided. Allowing the event’s content, learnings, and networking to have a greater, long-lasting impact.
We also treat attendees like friends we've known forever. Creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere at every stage of their journey — from smiles at the hospitality desk to tenacious resolution of any challenges. Served with a healthy dose of fun, always.
This isn’t a tagline. It’s a mission that permeates every aspect of life at Metavent. Rooted in the belief each event can forge something memorable and impactful. Understanding the heart of any successful event is the power of human connection. With no one size fits all approach, of course, because there’s no cookie cutter for amplifying human connection. In saying that, we bring decades of experience to every action, plan, process and procedure. Ensuring Metavents amplify human connection in ways that make sense for you and your team.
Here are some of the ways Metavent amplifies human connection:
At Metavent, innovation and learning are the pillars of our approach to event planning. Driven by a relentless pursuit of the latest trends and technological advancements. This dedication is a fundamental part of our growth strategy, ensuring that our team is not only equipped with cutting-edge skills but also positioned to lead and innovate in the event planning sector.
We're not just using technology; we're reimagining and amplifying it to suit the unique needs of the events industry. Our approach involves taking advanced software from various industries and adapting it to create unparalleled event experiences. This strategy keeps us ten steps ahead. And agile, too. Both critical benchmarks for success when it comes to tech of any kind.
Our approach to virtual events at Metavent is all about tackling challenges head-on. Transforming them all into opportunities for growth and innovation…
Our commitment to innovation and learning is about more than staying current; it's about leading the way in the event planning industry. Our technical solutions are intuitive and tailored to create experiences that resonate with clients and attendees alike.
Each team member at Metavent has stories of memorable experiences that underscore the company's unique approach. From tackling new challenges to creating innovative solutions for clients, these experiences are not just about delivering successful events; they're about personal and professional growth, about pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible in event planning.
"They make me laugh. And I trust them to do what they say they are going to do," says Dallas Bradley — Metavent's Special Projects Assistant. And that simple yet profound statement captures the essence of our team dynamics. A blend of humor and trust that has unexpectedly become one of our greatest strengths. This ethos of laughter and reliability is more than just creating a pleasant workplace; it's about forging a team that's resilient, adaptable, and deeply committed to each other's success. Where trust is not just a word, but an action, a commitment lived out in day-to-day operations… with plenty of laughter from A to B to Metaventfulness. Dallas also touches on the essence of our mission, stating that it's about "going beyond the obvious to connect people in a meaningful way," a philosophy that has been pivotal in our approach to event planning.
Doug Bailen, the Creative Architect and 3D Designer, brings an innovative lens to the team's problem-solving approach. "I love that we work together to solve real problems," he reflects. This collaborative spirit, coupled with a unique balance of “agility and curiosity”, is what Bailen thinks sets Metavent apart from its contemporaries. It's not just about finding solutions; it's about pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology to redefine what's possible in event planning, which, as Doug notes, helps us identify meaningful “ways for clients to express themselves”.
Emily Davis, the Director of Events, brings over two decades of experience to Metavent. Her approach is deeply rooted in understanding the client's vision and transforming it into a tangible, mesmerizing experience.
Emily's expertise lies in her ability to foresee and navigate the complexities of event planning, ensuring that each aspect of an event is executed flawlessly. Her dedication to client satisfaction is evident in how she meticulously oversees every detail, from the initial concept to the final execution. Ensuring every event is not just a task but an adventure in creativity and excellence.
"We have fun while working tenaciously to service our clients & their attendees with best-in-class planning & execution," Emily says. Underlining our commitment to delivering top-notch event experiences while maintaining high team morale. A crucial balance in the high-stakes world of event planning, where the pressure to deliver is high, but so are the rewards of a job well done.
Channa Harrington, Event Manager, emphasizes the camaraderie: "Metavent fosters a collaborative environment and genuinely wants to see each other succeed and grow," she notes. This focus on collective success and personal growth is a hallmark of Metavent's culture and the key to our innovative approach.
At the helm of Metavent is CEO and Founder Anna Rembold, whose leadership style is deeply rooted in her passion for people and events. She describes the team's culture as one filled with passion, humor, and a complete lack of drama. "The complete acceptance of who each other are," as she puts it, is not just about tolerance but about celebrating individuality and leveraging it for collective success. An everyday aspect of life at Metavent with profound impact outside the office, too. Filtering through every Metavent in remarkable ways that leave many in awe of the unexpected. Anna recalls a moment when a customer at a VIP event told her, "I thought I was going to a work event where we would have boring small talk, and what I got was incredible, deep connections and a meaningful experience."
Under Anna's guidance, Metavent has developed systems, processes, and procedures that are uniquely tailored to enhance human connection. Her leadership ensures that every event is a reflection of the client's culture and brand, making each experience distinctively 'Metavent.' Anna's commitment to excellence is not just about meeting expectations but exceeding them. Seeding every event as an opportunity to build relationships, foster connections, and create lasting memories.
As we reflect on Metavent's remarkable inclusion in the Fast 100, it's not just a moment to celebrate our achievements. It’s an opportunity to look back with a clear-sighted vision of how we got here. As well as looking forward with anticipation and curiosity.
The future for Metavent is an expansive canvas, waiting to be painted with bold ideas and transformative experiences. Our journey into the Fast 100 has reinforced our belief in the power of continuous innovation and adaptation.
We don’t believe in static frameworks. Metavent will always be adapting to the changing needs of our clients and the industry. We plan to delve deeper into refining these systems, ensuring they are more intuitive, efficient, responsive and agile. A seamless synergy between technology and the human touch. Where each event we craft is a blend of innovation and personalization.
As we chart our course for the future, our commitment to growth and learning remains unwavering. We see our team as the architects of our success, and their growth is integral to our journey ahead.
As we look to the future, we are filled with a sense of excitement and determination. Ready to explore new possibilities, refine our systems, and continue creating events that exceed expectations. The future is bright, and we’re eager to embrace it with open arms. Ready to write the next Metaventful chapter in our story of success.