About Us | Despina (Despi) Karatzias, Office staff
Despina (Despi) Karatzias is manager at Global Ballooning. She joined us, as a sales consultant, 10 years ago.
Her duties are: General management of our thriving tourism business, maintaining the Global Ballooning brand as a market leader in Victoria and ensuring our office dynamos are happy to be at work and part of the Global journey.
What I like most about my job: The freedom and support to try new ideas. Global Ballooning is an open minded company that welcomes initiative and innovation and I have thrived in this environment over the years.
If I could share one tip with a new employee, it would be: Get on a flight as soon as possible to experience our product first hand.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job? Working with lovely diverse people and by far the reaction I get when I tell people I work for a hot air balloon company! There is a general interest in the science of ballooning and it is on a lot of peoples ‘Must Do’ lists. I think I will be speaking on behalf of all Global Ballooning staff when I say we are accustomed to talking about ballooning 24/7, at barbecues, kid’s parties, doctors office, local café...and that was just this week!
Describe yourself in three words: Driven, Loyal, Mama
What was your worst ever job? Standing on a street corner trying to approach walking traffic to sign up for a new Amex credit card – I lasted 5 minutes just couldn’t do it.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you be? A theatrical performer on Broadway :)
How many times have you been ballooning? 4
In which locations have you flown over? Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mildura
If you could chose one place in the world to fly over in a hot air balloon where would it be? Anywhere in Europe or South Africa
Despina (Despi)'s background
After completing a Bachelors in Tourism Management I immediately dived into the industry. Past roles have included retail and wholesale travel, cruise consulting and web site management among a whole list of other interesting ventures :)