Project managers are said to be one of the most creative pro’s in the world – they need to figure out everything that could go wrong before it does.
Edwin van der Putte, IGT Technical Project Manager is based in Amsterdam and has been with the Company for 21 years! He plays a significant role within our large team operating behind-the-scenes of big trade shows such as ICE.
With substantial experience gained as a field service engineer and product support specialist, in addition to working with the product realization organization (PRO), he certainly has a few stories to share. Today we gain some insight into his routine leading up to ICE.
Edwin, can you give us a brief overview of what you do in relation to tradeshows such as ICE?
My job is pretty diverse which makes it really interesting. I am the PRO project manager for all IGT international gaming events outside of North America and Australia. For example, I supported 28 gaming shows and events in the EMEA, ASIA and LATAM region this year. This comes down to one event every 2 weeks!
I’ve also been named the ‘go to guy’ for all technical questions at IGT’s international offices, given my experience and knowledge on products and workflows gathered throughout the years.
As one of the key players for our event team, can you share some of the major ICE-related efforts that are handled by you and your team?
One of my major responsibilities as a project manager is to ensure that all the moving parts for IGT’s products are configured correctly based on the requests of the product management team. I also ensure that the floor plan is drawn up correctly which then supports the booth builder’s effort on all of the technical requirements needed to make our products ‘shine and excel’ on the show floor. This is all being established with the tremendous help of Kelley Myers and Travis Dugger, who are my dedicated counterparts based in the US. Without their help I would be lost! This shows how organizing an event on this scale requires a team effort.
What’s your favorite part of ICE London?
Following months of planning, daily meetings with various departments, multiple sleepless nights and thousands of emails later - it always feels like a huge victory once the show kicks off. Knowing that everything eventually came together is a rewarding experience.
In your opinion, how will this year’s show compare to the previous year?
To share the famous words of my mentor, “this will be ‘the best show ever!’
Edwin van der Putte
Technical Project Manager
Based in Amsterdam and has been with the Company for 21 years! Plays a significant role within our large team operating behind-the-scenes of big trade shows such as ICE.