Hosts Heroes: Denise Silverman
ABOUT DENISE SILVERMAN
Name: DENISE SILVERMAN
Location: AUSTIN, TX, USA
Denise, a born and raised New Yorker, moved to Austin 15 years ago where she created a career and home life in the amazing town she came to love. When you ask her about who she is she will tell you that first and foremost, she is is a wife and a mom. Her husband Mike is her best friend, and Jesse, her 10 year old son, is the center of her world. She is a foodie, a wine lover, and loves watching live music every chance she gets. A self admitted type A control freak, she is obsessed with her CLINKers (a term CLINK employees proudly call themselves and their fellow employees) and at times can be a workaholic. When Denise and her business partner Tanya Posavatz, Co-Principal at CLINK, launched CLINK in 2002, they concentrated on arranging private weddings, parties, and galas for the first 10 years of business. After a decade of laying their roots in the Austin event scene, they decided to diversify and take the plunge into the DMC industry. At that time, Austin was beginning to explode as a destination to be reckoned with, so with a little additional education through ADME International about DMC specific best practices, the CLINK DMC team emerged into the Austin marketplace. Denise claims that being selected as the Austin HGA Member has been one of the best things to happen to CLINK. They enjoy having the opportunity to work with HGA clients, as well as the camaraderie, networking, and education that they gain by being affiliated with a large and prestigious group of DMCs.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE CLINK, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
“FUN – Our team is passionate about producing quality work, but most importantly, having fun while doing it. We laugh non-stop in the office. There is even have a white board called “Overheard at CLINK,” which is packed full of funny, silly things that are said throughout the day. We all genuinely like one another, and we truly are a family. I couldn’t be more proud of the team we’ve cultivated over the past several years.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT AUSTIN?
“I would have to say that the best thing about Austin by far is the quality of life. It’s very much a work hard and play hard type of community, and people are serious about spending their free time out and about enjoying the myriad of recreational options Austin has to offer. The neighborhoods are friendly and family-oriented, and there is easy access to live music, amazing food, and fun activities.”
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
“My hero is my mentor and one of my best friends; his name is Ron, and he was my boss at my very first job out of college in New York. I was ambitious and hungry, yet so green and naive! I wanted to take over the world, but I didn’t have the slightest clue how to do it. Ron taught me to never burn a bridge and treat every person from the CEO to the janitor with the same respect, not for any ulterior motive, but simply because it feels good to be nice to people and get treated the same way in return. He also taught me that hard work is noticed and rewarded, and to go after what I want and do so with confidence and a smile. Ron is my hero because he has guided me every step of the way along my career path, and often in my personal life as well. No matter how busy he is, he always made time for me, whether it was over coffee in Chelsea when I was still living back in New York or after I moved to Austin during a two-hour phone conversation! From boss to mentor to friend; I don’t know what I would do without him.”
WHY SHE IS OUR HERO…
From the moment we announced CLINK as an HGA member, Denise jumped in wholeheartedly into the HGA family and embraced our concept of the H Factor. Denise is a leader that inspires her team and her clients every day. She is dedicated to continuing education in the industry, and she contributes back to the DMC industry, both with her involvement with HGA and through ADME International and local Austin hospitality organizations. She is a Hosts Hero to all of the HGA clients that work with her and also to her team of “CLINKers.” Once you work with Denise, you will find that a positive and energetic attitude radiates from her at all times, and her dedication and service levels are undeniably the definition of a true hospitality queen. Thank you for being our Hosts Hero!