We had the good fortune of connecting with Quinn Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quinn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The first major risk I took was moving to Tucson without a job after completing my bachelor’s degree. At first, I resisted leaving my comfortable, familiar life in Los Angeles behind. My then-boyfriend, now-husband, is earning his PhD at the University of Arizona and asked me to join him. I’m so glad that I took the chance to move here, as Tucson introduced me to the life I want to live. One that is more relaxed with less time spent in traffic and fewer financial stressors, since it’s quite affordable to live here! Starting my career in Tucson allowed me to grow within jobs and leadership roles valuable for a recent-grad. I’ve also been able to build connections and friendships through young professional groups that make this city feel like a tight-knit, interconnected community. For me, moving to Tucson five years ago was a risk. Yet, it’s one I appreciate for introducing me to a place, community, and lifestyle that I would never have found if I stayed within my comfort zone.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my career in digital marketing and project management. My detail-oriented and creative thinking made me good at my job, yet I always found the most joy in bringing people together. After discovering my passion for weddings when planning my own, I soon after found a job as an event coordinator at my venue, Tanque Verde Ranch. Now, I get to help bring other couples’ wedding dreams to life and create memorable experiences for them and their guests! Two practices that helped me arrive at my “dream job” were to always put my best foot forward and be kind to everyone I work with. After my wedding, I told the TVR sales director that I would love to be considered if they expand their events team in the future. Because I came to know the team through my organized and thoughtful wedding preparations, they offered me a job a few months later. You never know when an amazing opportunity may arise!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would focus on spending time outside to appreciate Tucson, assuming it’s fall or spring and the weather is perfect. We’d start our days with coffee and breakfast/pastries at Time Market, Five Points, and Le Buzz Cafe. My favorite daytime activities include: hiking at Mount Lemmon and Sabino Canyon, going on a horseback ride at Tanque Verde Ranch, driving the loop at Saguaro National Park East, riding bikes along the Rillito River Path, and strolling around the colorful, historic Barrio Viejo and Presidio neighborhoods. Lunch would be at Noodleholics, Ceres Pasta, or Seis Kitchen, followed by shopping at the Mercado San Agustin and MSA Annex. For a relaxed afternoon, we’d enjoy drinks outside at Westbound, Maynards Market, or The Boxyard. Dinner would be at Anello pizzeria, Sushi on Oracle, or The Coronet. And for a night out, we’d grab drinks at The Owls Club, followed by dancing at Hotel Congress.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As cheesy as it sounds, I’d love to recognize my husband Ben for helping me find a career that I’m passionate and excited about. I discovered my enthusiasm for events when planning our wedding. We were the first of our friends to get married, and I initially wanted to wait to get engaged. Yet once Ben proposed, I jumped right into planning our wedding and loved the process. There’s something magical about creating experiences that bring friends and family together in a celebration of love. With my husband’s constant support in achieving my goals and doing what makes me happy, I’ve been able to pursue a career in weddings and events.
Wedding photo credit (ceremony setup; black & white sparkler photo): Betsy & John Photography