Every year, Markant vzw, UNIZO and the Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship reward female entrepreneurial talent. This year, Katrien Vermeire is one of those nominated talents. As managing partner of John & Jane, a premium audiovisual event company, Katrien manages 20 permanent employees, who are supplemented by freelancers. The company accounts for an annual increase of 20 percent. Katrien is someone with a heart for the event sector and a heart for people.
These were two difficult years, for everyone, and certainly for the event sector. Katrien Vermeire propelled the John & Jane ship through choppy waters. For example, she founded the #SoundOfSilence action group together with other event professionals and continued to fully believe in the opportunities of the sector. With John & Jane, under the motto Never waste a good crisis, she led the way for investments, with acquisitions, extra staff and extensive R&D.
Her authentic faith, commitment and passion for the industry and for its people are part of the reason why she was nominated for the Womed Award. This award is for an ambitious female entrepreneur who has been independent for at least five years. Among other things, attention is paid to social commitment and involvement, long-term vision, ambitions, sustainable or social entrepreneurship, etc. Characteristics that match Katrien's values and standards.
Katrien boasts: “John & Jane's employees and partners are particularly important in this story. With their expertise and audiovisual support, they make events an unforgettable experience, as a team. Working together towards the same goals and a top result, gives your company its own identity. The fact that I can guide and support people in this is very satisfying.”
The fact that Katrien has been nominated for the Womed Award is not only a tribute to her work, but above all a heart under the belt. It brings the message to all female entrepreneurs that you can achieve a lot with passion and authenticity. The prize would be a boost for the entire event sector, to stand up and get going again, with new possibilities and opportunities. “Many challenges await our sector, but also very beautiful years in which experience will play a role more than ever before,” concludes Katrien.
About John & Jane
John & Jane is a premium event company specialized in sound, light, video and stage design. As a partner for event agencies, trade fairs, festival organizations, catering companies, ... they guarantee the realization of experiences with their team of highly trained technicians. Every John & Jane production is therefore always finished to perfection.