Thanks to a steep background in sports and entertainment event management, Chris Stbjak brings a wealth of industry experience to his role on the Kennedy team. As Kennedy Collection manager, he heads up the brand’s boutique rental division, providing sales support and logistical care on all Austin event rentals (and beyond). Acting as the point of contact for Kennedy Collection clients, he builds quotes and contracts, provides layout options, sources new pieces, and oversees details from load-in to strike. After spending time in Illiois and Colorado, he moved to Austin in 2018 with his wife, a UT grad (hook ‘em!) and their son. Although opportunities for their favorite winter sports are few in the Lone Star State, they quickly took to the local trails and lakes, where they spend much of their free time. Forever feeling the need for speed, the former racing team employee is currently working on a project motorcycle, so keep an eye out for Chris on the road! In the meantime, read on for more insights on the Kennedy Collection’s new manager in our latest team spotlight.
How did you become interested in the event rentals industry?
I have always been involved with events. I really enjoy the logistics of making things work out, and rentals are just an extension of that joy.
What led you to Austin?
I’ve had the chance to live so many exciting places. I am always looking for a new adventure and my wife and I wanted to move to close to family so we loaded up and headed down.
What does your day-to-day agenda look like as the Kennedy Collection manager?
I am creating quotes and lounge groups for upcoming events, keeping up with our inventory and keeping our items in good shape.
What, for you, are the characteristics of the perfect event lounge setting?
The perfect lounge setting is comfortable and inclusive. I like to create spaces that really meet and exceed a client’s expectations.
What’s your favorite district or neighborhood in the city?
My favorite district or neighborhood in the city is Town Lake. It’s great to run around and play on the water.
What’s your favorite part of working at Kennedy?
My favorite part is having the opportunity to have the creative freedom to create a space and execute thousands of combinations. No two days are the same.