2018 40 Under 40: Lucas McCarthy, Showpass

By Connect Staff, April 2, 2018

Lucas McCarthy, 26, works in Calgary, Alberta, as chief executive officer at Showpass. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, McCarthy discusses his passion for the events industry. 

*Connect with McCarthy on Twitter and Instagram.

What I do: I originally founded Showpass as GetQd in 2014, coding, designing, marketing, and selling on my own until the business grew big enough to start building an amazing team. I’m still passionately involved in the business and I continue to actively play a key part in all initiatives that include: development, branding, business development, corporate leadership and sales.

How I got here: I took an unpaid internship at a restaurant that also had a nightclub as a part of their business. Working closely with the management there I got to see the inner workings of the business and how slim the margins were–but also how important customer service was. As I graduated through the ranks and got to work with more and more people, I got to pitch ideas to the organization on how to improve the business and, ultimately, help them become thought leaders in managing events and shows. I wanted to give myself the ability to carve out my own little section in the entertainment industry.

Greatest career accomplishment: I am most proud of the team I have assembled here at Showpass. It’s not often you find this many amazing, talented people. It’s even harder to convince them to work with you when you have no money and a short-track record.

(Visited 351 times, 1 visits today)

Jordan Atherton, CMP, senior advisor and meeting and event planner at 1st Global, identifies how to create a risk management plan so your attendees are

Event designer Edward Perotti trots around the globe planning exquisite events that exude good nature upon his clients and their attendees.

Planners need to know the “why” to create direct business results for clients.

Check out this list of travel gear to ensure your next vacation or business trip is smooth sailing.

Connect Meetings talks to Sports Management and Tourism Director Chad McKenzie about Round Rock, Texas' expansion into tourism and meetings.

A New England destination guide of the local boozy businesses of breweries and distilleries.

Leftover food and flowers are put to good use through partnerships in the meetings industry.

Host an event that truly gives back.

Join your peers on both sides of the buyer/seller coin as we tackle some of the stickiest RFP issues and ideas on what to do about them.

Trending