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About Us | Despina (Despi) Karatzias, Office staff

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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 :)

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