I grew up in Austin, Texas, but moved to Las Vegas to start my tenure with RCI as an account executive. I had just earned an MBA in marketing, when Ford Motor Company hired me as an account executive. I loved Mustangs, so I said yes, and was introduced to Dearborn, Michigan, and eventually the Dallas regional office.
In 2006, I took a job in Business Development in the travel industry, and it was a great career move for me. It allowed me to work with some amazing people in an industry-leading company that helps send people on great vacations—how could that not be exciting? My work included trips to Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Southern California… you know, the barren wasteland of America!
I greatly enjoyed my work and the people I met there. It was at that time that I decided I needed to rededicate myself to what I had wanted to do all along, which was Marketing. I accepted a job at company headquarters in New Jersey in the newly formed B2B Marketing group, and was able to start applying my marketing and writing skills much more effectively.
I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects, many of which allowed me to create some of the materials I wished that I had at my disposal in my Business Development job. My role expanded from primarily print materials into digital, working on projects ranging from our B2B website to our B2B email campaigns. I’ve enjoyed having the freedom to initiate new efforts such as our B2B social presence and our Industry insights blog.
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I’ve also greatly enjoyed being in proximity to New York City, where I have successfully found Texas BBQ (although still working on Tex-Mex… I’m thinking of petitioning Chuy’s to open a location here!) and have enjoyed the culture, arts and general weirdness that comes with the Manhattan experience.
I earned my open water scuba certification during one of my trips to Kauai, and it’s become one of my favorite hobbies. And I recently got to check off a “bucket-list” item by watching Bruce Springsteen at Met Life Park. As it turned out, we were there when he broke his own record for longest North America concert at 4 hours.
And yes, that’s correct. I have a building in Manhattan named after me.