Steve heads up High Altitude Special Events Management (aka HASEM), which was established by SEM to pursue event production opportunities outside of the Midwest. Since launching in 2013, High Altitude has acquired and greatly expanded the Salt Lake City Marathon, the Colorado Springs Marathon, and the Big Gay 5K series of events, and he has procured and produced several events for our clients including the American Brain Tumor Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Habitat for Humanity. Prior to relocating, the always-versatile Steve served as Director of Operations for our Chicago office. In addition to operations, he also served in the roles of event manager and staffing coordinator since joining the company in 2005. A St. Louis native, he holds a degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Q & A with Steve
What’s your favorite activity to do outside of work?
Spending time with family, yoga.
What’s your favorite part of working at SEM?
The sense of accomplishment each event brings once all the trucks are loaded and budgets are closed. Our team overcomes incredible challenges and delivers amazing event experiences that benefit attendees and the communities they serve.
What’s your favorite event we manage and why?
All of our events are unique and exciting to produce but the Salt Lake City Marathon holds a special place in my heart. The community is incredibly supportive of the race and the urban mountain backdrop is second to none.
What are your three favorite foods?
Sushi, Lou Malnati’s, and Reese’s peanut butter cups.
If you were a superhero, what would your name be?
Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room and why?
I’d rather be the funniest because no one likes a “know-it-all.”
Name the best place you’ve visited in Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Cubs vs Sox?
Favorite Type of Pizza
Lou Malnati’s thin butter crust