60 seconds with… Adam Jones
Adam the Jones, CEO and founder of Showplans, is next in our 60 seconds with… series where he tells us about his first step into events, the red tape of the industry and growing up with the likes of The Prodigy in his ears.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Easy-going, logical, hard-working, and very organised.
How long have you been in your role?
Just over six years, but I have been in the industry for 11.
How did you get into the events industry?
Whilst scrawling job search websites I found a CAD role in Hampshire, it was terribly paid and the office had a whiff of fish and chips. I turned down the chance of working for some well-known sports brands to join that company, foolish maybe, but it was the event industry was where I thought I could make a biggest impact.
What do you like and dislike about the events industry?
For me, I like seeing a design realised and the positive impact that good design can have. I dislike unnecessary red tape, it makes the UK less attractive to international businesses.
How has the industry changed since you first started?
Maybe it’s me getting older, but there does seems to be a lot of younger event professionals than there were 11 years ago, when I first started in the industry. It’s great to have a healthier balance of youth and experience.
Best event you’ve been to?
Glastonbury was always pretty special for me back in the day, The Prodigy in 1995 made a longhaired 14 year old very happy. More recently The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace was a great event and Farnborough International Airshow is always a great specticle.
What have been your key achievements to date? (Doesn’t have to be work related)
Getting my degree, starting Showplans, getting married and winning three Exhibition News awards and one AEO Award.
Which team do you support?
Being a West Country boy, the mighty Yeovil Town.
If there was a film about your life, who would you choose to play you and why?
The school years would probably need to be Daniel Radcliffe, my school, aptly named Sexeys School in Bruton, Somerset is probably the closest you’ll get to Hogwarts.
The sequel would be Rhys Ifans, I think he’d be able to portray the uni days in Swansea pretty well.
What do you do outside of work to let steam off?
I play football at the weekend, and I love any motor related sports. I wouldn’t say no to a pint of proper cider on a Friday night.
First song that comes to mind?
It’s the song that’s playing while I write this, End of a Century by Blur.
What are your goals for 2015?
When you run your own business it’s hard to separate company and personal goals, they’re pretty well interconnected. My main goal though is to really accelerate the growth of Showplans from late 2015 through to 2016. We are rebranding soon and will be launching four new services: ShowFloorplans, ShowHub, ShowLive and ShowVision. It would be nice to take holiday soon.