Take 5 With Pinnacle – Kyla

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events employee tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each member of our staff about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about working for Pinnacle:
The Team…they are a lovely crew to work with.

My favourite Pinnacle team event:
The Amazing Race!

My favourite hobbies are:
Attending live music events.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Fav band…Cut Copy

What was the last book you read?:
The barefoot investor ~ for families 

Favourite holiday?:
Spain 2009! 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Ky 

I am frightened by…
Scary movies!

Favourite movie of all time:
Empire Records 

First concert I went to:
Kylie Minogue ~ Enjoy Yourself Tour 1990!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Barcelona 

What makes you angry:
A bad coffee…

What makes you laugh the most:
My 2 gorgeous girls.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Definitely a Kylie song! 

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Andy

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
I love that most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work! I’m usually having as much fun as the clients while I’m running around on the beach during an Amazing Race or dealing blackjack at a Casino Night.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
I had my first gig with Pinnacle in January last year.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
I love doing the Amazing Race events because you’re usually outside in a beautiful location and the challenges are heaps of fun.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
There have been a few but I’d have to say the time I spent a good five minutes explaining the rules of a challenge to a group only to discover that they weren’t actually participating in the event. To be fair, they could’ve stopped me at any time.

My favourite hobbies are:
I love reading, running, playing guitar and drinking beer (not necessarily in that order).

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I’ve been revisiting Kings of Leon lately. Also getting very into a podcast recommended to me by a friend called ‘S-Town’.

What was the last book you read?:
‘The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy’ by Greg Miller.

Favourite holiday?:
Road tripping across America in an RV with some good friends a few years back.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Nothing too interesting – I sometimes get Woody.

I am frightened by _____ :
Sharks, snakes and awkward silences.

Favourite movie of all time:
Forrest Gump (can quote a good 90% of it I reckon).

First concert I went to:
Grinspoon at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2003.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
So many places. I’d love to give New York a crack one day.

What makes you angry:
Slow walkers in shopping centres and not getting my sauce at the McDonald’s drive thru.

What makes you laugh the most: 
My friends and early Adam Sandler movies.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
My go-to jams are Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus and Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Corey

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Getting out and having fun facilitating awesome activities with great people at amazing locations!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
A little over 1 month – Freshy!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Tough choice… Maybe Survivor

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Nothing yet… I’m sure it’s not too far away though.

My favourite hobbies are:
Waterskiing, 4wding, Camping.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Mansionair

What was the last book you read?:
Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue

Favourite holiday?:
Fraser Island

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Too many to list… longest lasting has been PB (after Party Boy Corey Worthington)

I am frightened by _____ :

Early Mornings

Favourite movie of all time:
Hot Tub Time Machine

First concert I went to:
John Butler Trio

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Fraser Island

What makes you angry:
Nothing too much makes me angry… Maybe when your schnitzel comes out served on top of your chips – making them soggy!

What makes you laugh the most:
I spend a fair bit of time on the road and find myself laughing at the (lack of) abilities of other drivers very regularly.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
I wouldn’t make anybody suffer through my singing! But Mr. Brightside is my favourite song!

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Amanda

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
3 months and counting.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The Amazing Race was the first event I did with Pinnacle so it’s the closest to my heart.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
When a participant drew me as a stick figure with spaghetti hair and told me it was a spitting image of me! Ummm no haha!

My favourite hobbies are:
Dancing, going for long drives, hikes and just being outdoors in amongst nature but also hanging out with friends.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I really enjoy most genres of music so it’s hard to pick just 1 band, but Boyce Avenue are a good one.

What was the last book you read?:
I’ve often got more than 1 book going at the same time and they’re all very different…at the moment it’s Spiral Dynamics Integral, Barefoot Investor and The Real Christ.

Favourite holiday?:
My trip to the USA a few years back when I got to see many places that I often see in the movies I watch. 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Sooo many!! Manda, Mandy, Mandoo, Zak, A-man-dahh, Amanda-hug-n-kiss, Dudie, Dude, Alien and the list goes on…

I am frightened by _____ :
The seagulls in Sydney!!! They’re crazy and they have no fear!! 

Favourite movie of all time:
The Lion King…gets me every time! But also, Cool Runnings! Can still quote the whole movie.

First concert I went to:
There’s been so many I can’t remember the first one I went to. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still on the hunt to find my forever home but at this stage I’m pretty happy in Sydney. It has the best of everything, beaches, bush, suburbia, city, snow or mountain ranges only a few hours away…it’s got it all!!

What makes you angry:
When the people I love get treated badly by others. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Dad jokes! Or veryyy lame jokes.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Can’t go wrong with the old 90’s and 00’s boy bands…e.g. Backstreet boys, Hanson, Nsync, Boyz II Men etc.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Jonathan

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Each job being focused on positive interaction with the clients, often resulting in a lot of laughs, but also working along side some great people.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
Approximately 3 years, mainly in the South Coast and Southern Highlands.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Everyone loves a good Amazing Race surely, the lengths some teams will go to win never ceases to amaze.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
The first time I ran catapults. The demonstration was simple, I didn’t need a practice. When the first group came around I attempted to re-enact what I’d witnessed. Loading the ball, drawing back, only to hit the ground about 30 cm in front of me. Luckily I explained this is what not to do.

My favourite hobbies are:
Surfing, skiing and cycling (any type) and only ordered by weather conditions

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Curtis Harding, very easy listening.

What was the last book you read?:
Let my people go surfing – Yvon Chouinard

Favourite holiday?:
Gosh to pick just one is unfair. Japan is a wonderful country but I would really love to get to Chile.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
The standards, Jono, Jonnie, Jon.

I am frightened by _____ :
Reckless driving

Favourite movie of all time:
This is terribly difficult. The Lobster is certainly one that comes to mind however.

First concert I went to:
The Waifs

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I would love to live a year in Portland currently.

What makes you angry:
People ignoring the importance and unwritten law of the courtesy wave.

What makes you laugh the most:
Kook slams / jerry of the day. If you don’t know what these are get searching on Instagram.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn, obviously.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Kieran

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
I think about 5 years now!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
If I can’t be the fugitive, then Sand Castles all the way!

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Decided to sit down to lunch at a nice outdoor cafe as my Fugitive position. I thought I was very cool until I realised I’d left my wallet in the Pinnacle van and had to call Mitch and be rescued because I couldn’t pay my bill. Not so cool.

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing guitar and photography

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Matt Dorrien

What was the last book you read?:
A biography on Van Morrison

Favourite holiday?:
My Yearly winter escape to Tilba with my friends

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Kizza

I am frightened by _____ :
Aggression

Favourite movie of all time:
Too hard!

First concert I went to:
I think it was Big Day Out 2005?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still looking for my perfect place

What makes you angry:
Corruption

What makes you laugh the most:
The Simpsons

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Hound Dog

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Steven

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

Photo of Steven Pawson

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The excitement and enthusiasm at each event. Our teams camaraderie!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle: 
12 years.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Casino Night / Carnivale (a close game gets me so enthralled….)

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Misjudging a storm cell on the radar as moving away from the activity at Magenta….need I say more.

My favourite hobbies are:
Swimming, scuba, working on old cars, surfing, kite-surfing, learning french, repairing cigarette lighters, yachting, wine.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Dave Matthews band

What was the last book you read?:
Don’t forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Favourite holiday?:
Stockton.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Pawso.

I am frightened by _____ :
Lightning / bluebottles with long tentacles.

Favourite movie of all time:
Dumb and dumber.

First concert I went to:
Daryl Braithwaite.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
On a boat.

What makes you angry:
Irresponsible dog owners/ getting stung by bluebottles with long tentacles 

What makes you laugh the most:
A good, solid, well placed dad joke.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Eamon

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
It truly is a fun Environment, the clients have fun, the staff are fun, it’s all positive and not overly serious or stressful. Everyone’s a winner … except team 7😦. 

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
My first assignment was … Spring of 2014. 

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Trivia Night

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
So running a “checkpoint activity” for 2hrs+ in the heart of Kings Cross can be ….interesting. I gave away a few eggs to my new friends 😬

My favourite hobbies are:
Well anything in the sea, then a good book , and I enjoy cooking..sometimes. 

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
My son keeps me current on the latest music, so a bit of “Vance Joy”. I love so many podcasts, my go-to is ABC conversations with Fiedler. Amazing stories.

What was the last book you read?:
I’m reading up on Antarctica now, I’m heading there in Feb 2020. 

Favourite holiday?:
I travel a lot overseas, So anywhere in nature with the family now.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Not really, Eamon is weird enough. One mate called me Lama, or was it Llama?

I am frightened by _____ :
Enormous waves when I’m in the wrong spot. They look like they will swallow you. 

Favourite movie of all time:
Too many options. “O’ Brother where art though” gets a mention, as does “Fantastic Mr Fox” and other wacky Wes Anderson films.

First concert I went to:
Hoodoo Gurus , 1989 maybe ? 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I love where I live… Sth Coast NSW.  Dream location though has, running rapid rivers into jagged coastline, with awesome surfing in spots. Also backed by great climbing cliff lines and canyons and topped by snowy mountains just asking to be climbed and skied. Oh and a quiet but culturally active town with loads of multicultural influences and good people, that’s all. 

What makes you angry:
Nnot much, ..aggressive drivers maybe? My computer. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Busy humans mostly. 

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Maybe the Spanish National Anthem… ( no words) or “La Bamba”. 

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Ryan

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

Image of Pinnacle Team Events facilitator Ryan Moon

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Being outside with the wind in my hair.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Risk v Reward

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Haven’t had one yet, touch wood

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing Football, Golf, Playing Records, Beach

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Casefile (Podcast, True Crime Genre) / Anything from Motown Era

What was the last book you read?:
Elon Musk’s Biography

Favourite holiday?:
Camping is great but as a destination I’d say Croatia.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yep, Moony. It’s weird if I get called Ryan.

I am frightened by _____ :
Sleeping through alarm

Favourite movie of all time:
V for Vendetta / Pulp Fiction

First concert I went to:
Ahhh, I’d have to say FOTSUN (Festival of the Sun) in Port Macquarie.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Newy.

What makes you angry:
Nothing really – but small pet hate, traffic lights.

What makes you laugh the most:
Good Dad jokes / puns / Carl Barron.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Summer Nights off Grease.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Tim

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What do you love about hosting the Corporate Drumming events?
I love the power the drums have to quickly unify any group on a common pulse.

I love that the rhythm anchors our attention in the present moment, having the natural by-product of joy & laughter.

Favourite moment as a corporate drumming facilitator:
There have been many favourite moments, but a standout would have to be leading a group of 1400 delegates in Sydney Town Hall from a rocking unified rhythm into complete silence! So Incredible! 🙂

Most embarrassing moment as a facilitator:
In the early days I learnt quickly that pointing fingers is considered highly disrespectful in some cultures. Segmenting a team into sub-groups using pointed fingers was an absolute disaster on one occasion! 

My favourite hobbies are:
Soft sand running meditation, drumming of course & philosophical/world-religion studies.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Podcast Recommendation – Buddha at the Gas Pump

What was the last book you read?:
I am reading ‘The Contemplative Life’ by Joel S Goldsmith

Favourite holiday?:
Bali meditation, surfing & yoga adventures!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yes – Timbo, Timmy, Stem.

I am frightened by _____ :
Still a bit frightened by death!

Favourite movie of all time:
Not sure really…. The Matrix was awesome & I remember being blown away by the first Star Wars Trilogy

First concert I went to:
John Farnham when I was 10 years old, he came to our small town sports ground.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Copacabana, NSW Australia.

What makes you angry:
I often tell my kids that the only things that make me cranky are disrespect, fighting & whinging!

Otherwise I think I am pretty good, lol 😁

What makes you laugh the most:
Usually when I realise the ridiculous nature of some long-held but false belief system.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Let it Be – John Lennon