Meet the team: Gary Whelan
Meet the Team
Name: Gary Whelan
Role: Client Services Director
Hey there, I’m Gary – newest addition to the Provision team and really excited about it! Before I tell you about what I have done throughout my career, let me set the scene so you can actually visualise who I am – I know there are pictures in this blog but a well-rounded character is always better isn’t it?
I have lived in London for the past 10 years and currently in the process of moving back out to the Oxfordshire countryside. I am also getting married next year which is going to be great – a big year – married, new job and a new house… all change!
So, on to more relevant things I hear you say.
I love working in events, I think you have to love it as it is very consuming – but nothing quite beats seeing people enjoy the experiences you have created.
For the past 10 years I have worked at a couple of industry leading agencies within the experiential marketing sector. I have worked on everything from pop-up stands in shopping centres to 1 mile user powered illuminated running tracks, from adidas bin shot football challenges to the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck – and everything in between.
Career highlight so far has to be being part of the team that were instrumental in winning the Coca-Cola business at my last agency, which we went on to develop and grow over the last 3 years. In the first 2 years we delivered the largest ever sampling campaign in Europe, which included big builds at festivals and major events. With billings of £10m in the first year, it was transformative for the agency and helped propel me forward in the business. In 2019 we delivered the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour, which is a real feather in the cap for anyone who works in experiential.
The past two agencies I have worked for have been large global companies where I have learnt huge amounts and had the privilege of working on some incredible projects and with some big-name brands. I am excited to be joining an independent business where everyone is pulling in the same direction to deliver the best sporting activations within the industry. I am looking forward to bringing my experience of managing large teams and working on long term client development plans to the company.
I am thrilled to be here and cannot wait to get stuck in!
Quick fire round
Favorite Sport: Rugby, it’s all action and a brilliant social experience for fans!
Favorite Sports Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Favorite Netflix Series: Mindhunter or Stranger Things I couldn’t choose!
If you were to win the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy: New houses for my family, a trip to every country that me and my girlfriend haven’t been to and a 1960’s Ford Mustang!
If were stuck on a desert Island and only allowed two luxury items, what would they be: An MP3 type device with all my favourite bands loaded on it and a lifetime supply of Heinz bake beans.