Guy Benzeno
Director Paperjam Club

    What is your role at Maison Moderne? 

    I am the Director of the Paperjam Club. My role is three-fold with 1. programming & production oversight, 2. relationship management, 3. strategy and forward-thinking. 

    I oversee the seasonal programming and production. Essentially that means I have a great team that comes up with ideas for conferences and workshops, and then seeks out speakers that could participate. That’s on the programming side. On the production side, our Event Manager will work with partners – catering, light and sound technicians, as well as venues – to make it all happen. 

    Its also important I make sure our members are happy and that we are proactively engaging with them to keep track of what we could do more or differently. In that regard we have a dedicated Relationship Manager that reports to me and works closely with our Account Managers from Sales. 

    Finally, I have to challenge the team to look further up the road and, together with them, define and execute a strategy that serves a vision we share, both at the Club and within Maison Moderne. 

    What do you like most about your job?

    Meeting people. 

    What was your dream job when you were a child?

    Advertising. I really wanted to make funnier ads than what I saw on TV. As a teenager, I though I could do soooo much better. By joining Maison Moderne, I’m getting closer to that world ;)

    The passion that drives you?

    I really enjoy the creative process, by which an idea starts very modestly or may seem improbable at first, but then like a snowball it tumbles through different iterations, takes shape and grows into something big.

    At Maison Moderne we are rolling metaphoric snowballs all four seasons. 

    More specifically with regard to the Club, what drives me is that we are more than “just” a Business Club. That is partly due to the fact that, internally, we have internationally renowned award-winning art directors from our studio. We have brilliant creative-types and copywriters from the agency. Journalism is in our DNA, so we understand what is relevant and current, and have the know-how to make it interesting. So our events are always a notch over and above. We have a remarkable value proposition and a great brand with Paperjam – and it’s so much more pleasant to sell a product you believe in. 

    What would you tell your friends to make them visit Luxembourg?

    I’ll pay for your fare! 

    No, but seriously usually they come to visit and they always leave pleasantly surprised. 

    My wife and I have this list of stuff to do we formalized. And so we pull it out when we need to. It includes bike rides, visiting the Butterfly Garden in Grevenmacher, the Mining museum in Rumelange, hiking the Mullerthal-Trail, Casemates, MUDAM, and various castles and villages, and a few patent-pending items I can’t divulge here. We’re starting to have a pretty good routine. 

    Your favourite restaurant out of the 250 listed in Explorator?

    It’s a tie with over 20 years of patronage in both places – Bacchus & New Confucius (rue des Aubépines). I recommend Crevettes Poivre et Sel and Ravioli Ricota y Espinaca, but I won’t tell you which is served where.