We love when a story has a happy ending — just like the story our event manager Andrea Cronin tells about her journey to the Robert Ryan Catering & Design (RRC&D) team! She’s one of the reasons why our couples and clients feel right at home with our staffers and at our events. Take a moment and learn more about Andrea’s journey to RRC&D.
What is your job title? What do you do day-to-day?
As an event manager, I follow up on leads, give tours, and help my couples create their wedding plans — I help make their wedding dreams come true!
How long have you worked for Robert Ryan Catering & Design?
Since October 2021 — and, I’m loving it. I was at my prior job for 15 years and was ready for a change. I had always wanted to be an event manager! I’m incredibly thankful to be working on the Robert Ryan Catering & Design team.
How would you describe Robert Ryan Catering & Design to a potential client or employee?
Where did you grow up? What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I grew up in Boyertown. I wanted to be a performer on Broadway, so I went to college at Shenandoah University for vocal performance. Still, when I realized what it would take to be a working performer, I realized that it wasn’t the life I wanted. I wanted to be married and have a family, not constantly auditioning and moving from one city to the next. But, I had a blast in college, made some lifelong friendships and graduated. And then I had to figure out what I was next!
My best girlfriend was a receptionist at an executive office suite, American Executive Centers. Her manager really cultivated a fun work environment, so I applied to work there. I started as a receptionist, worked my way into the accounting department and then landed a center manager position. I worked my way up through the company! As the center manager, I brought in new clients, created events for my clients, managed my staff and learned a lot about how to keep many balls in the air. That experience is helping me immensely at RRC&D: As an event manager, I’m constantly juggling different tasks. I’m proud of my experience, and I’m looking forward to what is ahead.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people and making connections with them. That’s what it’s about!
Tell us something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
I have a fantastic husband and an 8-year-old daughter.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
My husband and I both perform in local theaters. I love to go see shows and movies. I also love good food — especially when it’s with good friends and family.
What would be your desert island last meal?
A branzino filet, homemade mashed potatoes, broccoli, garlic bread and wine.
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Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and recipes from our executive chef.
All photos courtesy of Andrea Cronin