As Catering Sales Manager at Bold, Michelle Segura focuses on social events like weddings and rehearsal dinners. We sat down with her to get the scoop on her favorite things to do in Atlanta, the best excuse to throw a party, and more. Read on for the full convo!
How long have you been with Bold?
About 8 years.
What is your favorite part about being on the Bold Catering & Design team?
It really is like a family here and through the ups and downs, we stick together.
How did your career in events begin?
I went to college outside of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, and once I graduated I started working at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club as catering assistant. I had this amazing boss there that really believed in me and within a year she promoted me to catering director. Working at a club, you’re thrown into it all – it’s not just private events or specials events – you’re also there for all of the member offers like Santa Brunch, Mother’s Day and so forth. So I really got thrown into the logistics side as well as the sales. This role really gave me an appreciation for putting on events as a whole and how they’re produced.
Where did you go to college?
Coastal Carolina University
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I was born on Christmas Eve and when I was born, the doctors brought me to my mom for the first time in a big stocking. To this day, I have that stocking – and always have the largest stocking at Christmas!
When you’re not working, what do you love to do?
Spend time with my husband and one year old – he definitely keeps me busy! We love going on walks around my neighborhood or taking Marta down to Piedmont Park or the BeltLine. And of course going out to eat!
Where in Atlanta do you live?
What’s your favorite Fifth Group Restaurants dish?
Because I most frequent El Taco, I have to say the Queso Royale and the Rosalita cocktail.
Favorite bands or type of music?
My favorite genre is oldies. I grew up listening to The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel. My mom loves all of that music so it’s something that’s really nostalgic for me.
What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?
I love that it’s growing and has so many revitalized neighborhoods. There’s always something to do here – whether it’s going to the BeltLine, all the different festivals or Ponce City Market.
What are three adjectives that best describe you?
Good listener, level-headed, thinker.
Favorite venue for an event?
I’m partial to King Plow Event Gallery because I had my wedding reception there, but it’s truly one of those venues that lends itself to any design and look you’re going for.
What’s your best excuse to throw a party?
I’ve been hosting a Christmas cookie exchange for about eight years now, and recently we’ve been doing a competition where we vote for best tasting cookie and most festive cookie. It’s a lot of fun!
Who inspires you most in your career?
Other women in the industry who I’ve seen really create a name for themselves and work their way up.
If you could invite one person, living or dead to dinner at a Fifth Group Restaurant, where would you take them and why?
Ellen DeGeneres – and I’d take her to El Taco, of course! She’s one of those laid back and fun people and I think we’d have the most fun there.