Industry News 2/7/2012

EVENT: ShmoozaPalooza - Three Stop Tour Successful; More to Come

ShmoozaPalooza – Three Stop Tour Successful; More to Come


The ShmoozaPalooza tour wound its way from the Agenda show in Long Beach, Calif. on January 6, 2012 up to Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Ut. on Saturday January 21, 2012, and climbed up into the Rockies to the last stop in Denver, Colo. at the SIA Snow Show on Saturday, January 28, 2012.


The three events combined brought together nearly 1,000 people looking to Shmooz it up with close to 50 companies in total.  It truly served the purpose of bringing the job hunt to life and creating an opportunity for both companies and people to become more than text to each other. 

ShmoozaPalooza @ Agenda!


The first stop at Agenda brought together more than 500 people and 26 companies which included the likes of Volcom, Oakley, Quiksilver, Vans, Blitz Distribution, Osiris, Lira, and more (click here for full list of companies).  Aaron Levant, president of Agenda came through the Shmooz and said, “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the first Shmooz at Agenda.  We think it’s an important addition to the show and we look to grow the event in the future.” And his business partner Seth Haber’s sentiment on the Shmooz captures the spirit of the event, “We were thrilled to be able to provide a venue for people to come meet so many great companies.  I hope lots of great connections were made.”

ShmoozaPalooza @ OR!


The Shmooz marched on to Outdoor Retailer for its debut in the Outdoor industry.  Greeted by a snowy afternoon in downtown Salt Lake City, Ut. close to 200 people and a dozen companies including Black Diamond, Petzl, Ogio, Birkenstock (click here for full list of companies) came together in a packed ballroom.  Everyone who provided feedback to the Malakye staff had good things to say.  Anne Brussok, Field Service Manager for Birkenstock USA had this to say shortly after the event, “I came out solely for the ShmoozaPalooza Job Fair…what better place to network and interview candidates affiliated or wanting to be part of the outdoor industry and all it has to…we can teach someone everything they need to know about Birkenstock – it’s finding the passion, drive and energy and that will make a good fit for us.  I was pleased that all the folks I interviewed were either current wearers of Birkenstock or had worn them in the past…well worth the trip.”

ShmoozaPalooza @SIA!


Not done with the winter wonderland yet, The Shmooz returned to Denver, Colorado at SIA’s Snow Show.  Thanks to the support and assistance of the SIA staff, The Shmooz was located right in the middle of the Grand Concourse area of the convention center.  Well over 200 people came through to visit with a dozen of the snow industry’s finest including Boa Technology, Hestra, Neff, American Rec, Empire Attire, Akinz, and more (click here for full list of companies).  The day was so busy that Ginnette Hannah, Controller at Hestra Gloves stayed well past the end to make sure everyone who turned out to see Hestra had an opportunity to meet.  “Malakye’s ShmoozaPalooza was extremely successful and brought us 40 potential candidates,” said Hannah.  Many people who had not seen The Shmooz in person came through to see what it was all about.  If District Manager of Retail Concepts, Andrew Christ’s thought, “It was an exciting way to meet qualified people during the SIA Show, and we’d love to be a part of it next year!,”  is a common opinion of other passers-by, The Shmooz at SIA will be bigger and better next year.


“The Shmooz is a great way to bring to life – for the candidates and employers!” says Chelsea Lauridsen, Event Coordinator at Malakye. This event truly does bring the process to life, and Malakye will be working with partners in other areas of the country to bring The Shmooz to new cities, “this is the first time we’ve produced three Shmoozes in one month.  Through the process it became very clear to me that more events in various regions of the country are in demand.  We’re going to work to bring The Shmooz to industry hubs throughout the country” said Chad Mihalick of Malakye.


Stay tuned for the next Shmooz – it’s not far off.

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