We’re expanding the team here at Troxy, and as part of that expansion, we’ve brought in new Business Development Manager, Thom Harris to the fold. Thom’s only been with us a short while but is already making a positive impression within the team. We wanted to know what he hopes to bring to Troxy and find out a little bit more about what makes him tick…
Tell us a bit about your background and when you joined Troxy…
I have a varied and not strictly linear background where I’ve worked in commercial media, sales and pretty much everything else in between. I started my own music festival (The Vicar’s Picnic) which began from beginnings of 200 people, and quickly grew into a 4,500 strong event six years later, spread over two days and four stages.
I’m a real people person and I thrive in environments where I can connect with others and add value to businesses.
What does your role entail?
I’ve joined the team as Business Development Manager, a brand new position created to support the overall business development strategy and tap into new business markets.
I’ll be growing the corporate events portfolio and having extensive experience in commercial media, including publishing, news distribution, cultural marketing, social media and visual branding, this role will allow me to utilise a number of transferable skills
I like to think my knowledgeable and personable approach has helped me win numerous contracts with a variety of different businesses over the years. I’ve a varied corporate network that I’m looking forward to leveraging in this new role to see what else we can bring in for Troxy.
What are you most looking forward to about working at Troxy?
This is a brand new role so I’m looking forward to seeing where I can take it. I’m approaching it with a lot of confidence and energy; though it may be a challenging market, it’s an exciting time to join the team.
My main aims for the first couple of months are to establish contact with as many agencies as possible, learn the business as a whole, and really get Troxy’s brand out there in the public and corporate sector. I want us to be visual in all markets, establish communication channels, and build relationships with cross industry C-suite level decision makers to really drive Troxy forward.
I’ve started putting those aims into actions and I’m starting to build out meeting pipelines which is the first step. I booked and held my first tour of the venue this week with a few more to come in the months ahead.
What are you up to outside of work?
I host two sold-out pub quizzes a week which gives me the chance to stand up in front of 100 strangers every week and tell terrible jokes.
I’m actively supporting and volunteering with an LGBTQIA+ friendly theatre group and I work as a volunteer on the Hackney Half Marathon set up. I’ve also spent a couple of years as a mentor to children with behavioral problems. Volunteering allows me to connect with people on a totally different level, keeps me grounded, and also makes me happy. It’s important to give back and reconnect with people on a personal level.
What are your 3 desert island discs?
For mornings watching the sun go up whilst lying in my lean-to shelter on the beach; Bryter Layter – Nick Drake
For days failing to catch fish off the reef; Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles on repeat for six hours
For dancing round the signal fire with my coconut homebrew; As Heard On Radio Soulwax pt.2 – 2manydjs
What’s next for you at Troxy?
Music is a huge part of my personality and identity so it’s a real dream job getting to work in a beautiful grade II listed building that has played host to some of the greatest names in the industry.
I’m hoping to understand the business fully, build a diverse pipeline and continue to drive Business Development activities forward. I want to bring new relationships into Troxy and look at creative ways we can tap into new markets to make more noise about Troxy.