How long have you been a member of IABC?
I have been an active member of IABC since July 2008. I began attending the luncheons periodically as a non-member when I relocated to Phoenix from Seattle in August 2005.
What is your current position/company?
I am the Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department and Recreation Division. I oversee the marketing, advertising and public relations for the division.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I savor the freedom and autonomy to initiate, control and finish a wide variety of PR projects and marketing strategies without much interference or external delays. I enjoy dabbling in different disciplines from Web content to designing print ads to writing columns for local publications.
What do you hope to gain from your membership/involvement with IABC?
I look forward to working closer with fellow IABC members that I normally see for fleeting moments before and after luncheons and mixers. It will be great to contribute and be a part of a new team to continue the great service and programs that the chapter provides.
What words of advice do you have for young professionals?
Be thorough, humble and persistent. Don’t let anyone box you into a corner in terms of what you can do and what you are capable of learning and doing. Have a flexible, laidback mentality when it comes to new tasks, teams and environments. Don’t ever stop learning. Sure, you may be tired of school, but don’t abandon your ability and aptitude to pursue an advanced degree or industry certifications.
Who was/were your biggest professional influence(s)?
Dave Wohlhueter, the Sports Information Director at Cornell University. He was a humble, thorough, respected long-time PR director for all of Cornell’s Athletics. Also, Tim Hallam, the long-time PR Director of the Chicago Bulls. He endured through a lot of drama with the team, media spotlight and maintained a steady, stoic demeanor of cool professionalism.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going to the gym, bike riding, watching movies and trying attend as many industry professional development and social functions as I can. I used to travel a lot and go to a lot of sporting events, but gave it up for a 9-to-5 and the evening MBA program at ASU, which I just completed in May.
What destination do you want to travel to the most?
Iceland, Australia, Lake Banff and Lake Louise in Canada.
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