Get to Know the Team Building Experts
Over 20 years of team building scavenger hunts don’t just happen—they require a skilled, experienced team to conceive, plan, and execute. That’s where we come in.
From in-person scavenger hunts to virtual games, our hundreds of team building options have delighted thousands of clients over the years. And that success stems from the people who work at Watson Adventures. Today, meet one of the people behind the scenes who keep team building events running like clockwork over and over again: sales consultant Laura Lovejoy.
What’s the best part of your job?
Talking with people from all over the country and world, and from different industries. And knowing that I am providing a service that connects people in a positive way, and exposes them to interesting places and things that they may not otherwise have experienced.
What is the most unusual request you’ve gotten from a client?
Certainly one of the most memorable was when a client asked if I could “fix” the results of a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at an art museum so his girlfriend’s team was guaranteed to win—and he could propose. The client’s scheme included having our host present her with a Harry Potter themed box as the prize, within which the client had planted a ring. His girlfriend (a huge Harry Potter fan) was totally floored, and said “yes” as the client got down on his knee and popped the question in the middle of the museum.
Also, one time I had an agricultural association from California award the members of the winning team with live spiders. Apparently these were a special kind of spider for which this group had an appreciation! I still think about that every time someone asks me about supplementing prizes.
What reaction do you usually get when you tell people what you do for a living?
I’ve had people ask me if we are hiring. Most people think it sounds so fun!
What particular event was the most ambitious and challenged you the most?
A large financial services group of about 600 people that we split between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. It was essential to this client that the entire group all launch together from a Hilton in Midtown Manhattan, where they were meeting the company’s CEO, but then get to the correct museum in a timely, organized matter. The logistics were particularly complex, and it took a lot of staff on our end, but it all worked out perfectly!
What did you do before you joined Watson Adventures?
I worked in human resources and public relations, within both the tourism and design industries, before taking time away to raise my two children.
What interest from your past suggests you were destined to do this unusual profession?
I have a love of history, architecture, cities, museums and old movies! My work with Watson Adventures has offered a perfect confluence of these interests.
What is your favorite thing to hear from a client after a game?
First and foremost, I love to hear the word “fun” in any client feedback. But I also relish when people mention how interesting or clever the challenges are, and when they show appreciation for the host.
Speaking of hearing from clients…
Here are just a few of the may kind words clients have shared recently about Laura.
“Laura was a wonderful event consultant, who was an excellent communicator and was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. She was exceptionally knowledgeable and answered every question I had when planning our team’s Grab ‘n’ Go option from our hotel conference in San Francisco, which for any event planner is a gold standard.”
“Laura is wonderful and patient. She has been our sales contact for the last 5 years. She always follows up and is a great resource. She keeps us up-to-date on new hunts being offered.”
“Laura was very communicative and offered great suggestions when the original plan didn’t work out. She is positive, and her goal was always to make sure we all had the best time.”
“I’ve worked with Laura twice now, and she is absolutely fabulous! Again, so good at wrangling a slightly disorganized person (me) in a kind way that got us everything we needed!”