HCM Issue 5 2022

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HCM people

Despite industry challenges, there’s a fresh air of positivity

David Zarb Jenkins

photo: Roberto Runzaa / W3

Co-founder, W3

Jenkins worked for Mclean events prior to this new venture

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You've made your career in health and fitness events. Tell us your story I specialised in hospitality management at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta and had the opportunity to do work placements in Malta and London, which provided me with invaluable experience in all facets of management. I started my career in sales management at a local five-star hotel with a focus on attracting conferences and incentives to the resort. As a 21-year-old it was exciting to travel abroad to trade fairs and conventions to promote the hotel and Malta as a destination. In 2003, after two years in this role, one of my clients, Noor Kassam, approached me with an offer to work for Mclean Events, a company specialising in delivering face-to-face meeting forums for the hospitality and fitness industries. I opted to remain in Malta to work remotely. This is when my passion for events really developed. I loved the concept of matchmaking buyers and suppliers. This adventure lasted 18 years, up until 2021, and over this time I had the opportunity to travel the world, organise amazing events and create friendships with key players in the fitness, hospitality and spa industries. The next chapter in my career started in 2021 when I met Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo