10 Questions With...

December 1, 2010

What brought you to KS&R?

I had been working in market research on the client side for more than ten years. When I was ready for a career change, the supplier side seemed to offer what I was seeking - a faster pace and a greater variety of challenges and industries. As a client, one of my favorite suppliers was KS&R, so I joined the team at the end of 2009 as a Project Manager.

What personality trait is key to your success?

Persistence

What uncommonly good advice do you have for aspiring marketers?

I think that people sometimes can feel pressured to settle on a career path early on. To aspiring marketers, I would say, don't be afraid to try out different roles and different types of companies to find the best fit for you. As a marketing major in college, I stumbled into marketing research while helping a doctoral candidate with a quantitative study. You never know how or when you'll find your match.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

I really enjoy market research. If I had the opportunity to choose another career, I'd like to pursue interior design. Various aspects of design are inspiring from colors and fabrics to interior space planning.

What would you gladly wake up at dawn or stay up past midnight to do?

I would be excited to watch sea turtles hatch and run into the ocean.

If you could get away for a weekend, where would you go and what would you do?

I find that travel can be very energizing. I would like to visit all 50 U.S. states, and I'm more than halfway there. I'd like to check another state off of my listůmaybe Maine this time?

Who is your hero, and why?

My grandfather was a lead bombardier in the 487th Bomb Group in WWII. On his missions, he was responsible for navigation and identifying the target. Despite being shot at and pressure from the crew, he wasn't deterred from fulfilling his missions.

What do you wish you had more time to do?

I am often traveling for business, so I don't always have time for weekend trips to see family or have new experiences. I wish I had more time for personal travel.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I have attended more than 30 Broadway shows.

What is your personal motto?
My family jokes that our motto is "You snooze, you lose." This ends up being a fun excuse for all sorts of things, like why all the cookies are gone. It's also a good reminder, however, to take advantage of the moment to make the most out of life.