Spotlight On: Ciara Franklin
Ciara (pronounced like Sierra Nevada) is a second-generation Phoenix native with a background in both tourism and meeting planning, graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Tourism Development & Management in 2010. With work experience in marketing and public relations, Ciara brings a unique creativity to the table with an eye for staying on-brand and utilizing company culture to be inspired for new event themes. Ciara is passionate about travel, spending time with her four nieces/nephews, hiking and her rescue pup, Jackson.
Q: What makes working at AZA Events a fun place to be?
A: I love the AZA Events company culture. We work in a close-knit environment as a boutique-style company. We are often bouncing ideas off of each other, keeping everyone in loop of what's going on, and truly acting as a team.
Q: When you aren't in the office or at an event, where can we usually find you?
A: Trying a new local restaurant, spending quality time with family or hiking with my baby - a 4.5 year old Mutt!
Q: What do you love Destination + Event Management?
A: No two days at work are ever the same. I am constantly working on something unique, working with someone different, and learning something new. You can never know everything in this industry, and it keeps us growing, engaged and fresh.
Q: What are three adjectives to describe your work style?
A: Organized. Detailed. Versatile.
Q: What excites you about bringing guests to your destinations (Arizona + Southern California)?
A: I love seeing the look on someone's face the first time they experience one of our destinations. In Arizona, people are often awe-struck at the magnificent beauty of the Sonoran Desert. No one quite understands what our lush desert looks like until they are thrown into the middle of it on a Desert Hummer Adventure or at a Venue in the middle of what seems like nowhere. In Southern California, the laid-back way of living and of course the grandness of the Pacific Ocean are enough to make anyone want to move there. It is easy to sell our destinations when everyone falls in love at first sight.