Lorin Bowen (Pty) Ltd was recently founded by Lorin Bowen, who has twenty years’ experience in hospitality, conference and exhibition management.
Lorin is passionate about the business events industry and thrives on the process of planning and coordinating an event from the inception right to the conclusion. Being a small business allows us to build relationships with our clients while providing the best personalised service.
Each event is unique and should be treated as such. At Lorin Bowen we believe that by utilising available technologies and incorporating appropriate trends into our clients’ events ensures that all our events are successful, sustainable and exceed all expectations.
We not only organise conferences and exhibitions on behalf of our direct clients but are also available to assist other event organisers where needed with services such as exhibition management, onsite support and administration assistance.
Lorin has a diploma in hospitality management, and a certificate in public relations. Having started her journey at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg as a trainee chef, Lorin quickly realised that she not only had a passion for cooking but also for conference organising and so moved into management. Lorin held positions within the hotel as conference coordinator, sales executive and eventually marketing and public relations manager before she left the hotel in 2012.
Lorin joined the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) full time in 2012 as the General Manager, after previously holding the position of the national vice-chair for two years.
In 2014 Lorin joined the team at Scan On Show (now Synergy Business Events) as General Manager and was responsible for projects like Meetings Africa (2015 – 2017), The 2nd World Congress on Healthy Ageing (2015), Southern African Neurological Rehabilitation Association (SANRA) (2015) and South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) (2015).
At the end of 2017, Lorin saw an opportunity to open on her own and so saw the start of Lorin Bowen Business Events.
Lorin is currently the SAACI Johannesburg Branch Chair, a position she has held since April 2017.
Viv as she is known has extensive experience in all aspects of business. Having qualified at the then Wits Hotel School, Viv joined the Protea Hotel Gardens hotel where she worked in all the departments getting valuable knowledge on the operations of a hotel. This included housekeeping, front office, reservations, conference and banqueting team in both coordination and implementation. From there she joined the Mariston Hotel sales department.
Viv then joined the Southern Sun Group head office team where she was responsible for the sales of their Seychelles properties and later the human resources department.
Prior to her having her children, Viv joined Sodexo South Africa as the personal assistant to the Regional Director. Viv took a break from the working world when she had her two children.
On her return she worked at Reef Caterers and then TeleEye as the Office Manager. Viv was then recruited by Core Competency, a professional conference organiser to work on the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – COP 11 –in Namibia in 2013.
Viv joined the team at Scan On Show (now Synergy Business Events) as Operations Manager and worked on projects like Meetings Africa (2013 – 2016), IMEX Frankfurt (2014), The 2nd World Congress on Healthy Ageing (2015), Southern African Neurological Rehabilitation Association (SANRA) (2015) and South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) (2015).
Leah-May van der Walt
Leah finished school in 2017 and after a short stint in the corporate gifting environment she joined the Lorin Bowen Business Events team. Leah is a young, dynamic and eager to learn individual who loves to meet new people and likes to absorb as much information, so she can better understand the business events industry. Although young she is not short of confidence and resilience and takes on every task given to her with enthusiasm and dedication.
Operations and Logistics Executive
Moses is a member of the Lorin Bowen Business Events Team although he also runs his own conference organising business Namanje Event Solutions. He joined the team in April 2018 and has proved himself invaluable. Moses is a visionary and energetic leader with ability to develop innovative solutions for complex and widely diverse audience expectations.
He is also an emerging thought leader in conference design and event sustainability with extensive experience spanning over nine years in business events industry, mostly acquired while working for the international Festivals and Events Association (Africa) as a trainee project manager.
A well-versed conference organizer and passionate entrepreneur with proficiency in business management, research, strategy formulation and implementation, corporate governance, compliance and industry navigation.
Moses recently received the Young Achiever award at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) annual congress. This award recognises a young person who has shown a commitment to the business events industry through their contribution to the industry by participating in various activities such as being on the local SAACI committee.