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Meet the team: Stefan Huggett

Stefan joined Spier’s conferencing team at the beginning of 2018 as a Corporate Sales Executive.

Passionate about sales and people, he loves showcasing all that Spier has to offer. “The offering I present to clients is exceptional. It makes it easy to promote the farm when you have you something with such high standards,” he says.

Tell us about your career so far.
I completed my Hotel Management Diploma in 2006. During that time, I was working at Southern Sun, The Cullinan Hotel. I went on to work for a division of Sony SA in a sales role for five years before opening my own business. This was a valuable learning experience but increasingly I realised I wanted to get be back in hospitality – I love people. I joined The Collection by Liz McGrath as a Corporate Sales Executive before joining Spier in January 2018.

What makes conferencing at Spier different?
The location. Away from the bustle of the city, this is a beautiful environment that is conducive to creativity and reflection. The various conferencing venues and areas are diverse enough to appeal to a wide range of people. For groups staying over there is a variety of activities on the farm to enjoy during downtime. And what’s better than having a great lunch outside and taking in the fresh, rejuvenating air in between sessions?

What do you love most about your job?
It is a proud and fulfilling experience to be able to showcase Spier to clients daily. I love welcoming clients to Spier farm and showing them all we have to offer.

What is your greatest strength?
Working with people, talking to people and listening to people.

How do you make a positive difference to your environment and community?
I am very vocal about water saving and sharing tips with the residents in my area. I am also involved with sport development for young kids in schools because I believe strongly that sport helps build character and the ability to work well with people.

What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t wait for something to happen. You either lead or you follow, but don’t stand in the way.

Who inspires you?
I wish my father was still alive today to see how much success I have achieved. In saying that, I want to be a person my family can be proud off and see me as an inspiration.

What do you get up to when you’re not at work?
I am a huge sports enthusiast and try to get involved in various kinds of sport – from school level right up to a professional level.
I also have a food blog, The Bachelor Chef, where I share my experience of Cape Town’s hidden food treasures. I really enjoy the social experience around food.

What’s the key to being happy in life?
It’s your choice how you react to something. It’s your choice to be happy.

What advice do you have for someone trying to get into your line of work?
Work on your people skills and connections. Engaging well with people is crucial to being successful in this line of work.

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