10 Questions With...

May 11, 2010

What brought you to KS&R?
Before joining KS&R, I spent the previous 10 years working client-side with FedEx and BellSouth. In these positions, I gained a great understanding of business decision making and the role of Strategic Planning and Marketing Research in those decisions. However, I did not have real decision making authority.

When Ann Michel (former President and CEO of KS&R) approached me about joining KS&R, I realized that she was offering me the chance to become part of the leadership team for a small business that was growing double digits year-over-year. Now, nearly 10 years later, I am so glad I did not pass up that kind of opportunity.

What is the one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting your career?
Knowing when to sweat the small stuff versus when to let it go...

What is your most marked characteristic?
Confidence. If you aren't confident with the work you have delivered and the decisions you've made, how can anyone else be?

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut… I still remember the first time I saw Saturn through a telescope. What an amazing sight!

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
Somewhere watching my kids play competitive sports. I was not an athlete growing up, and my son and daughter are so talented. I get to live my sports dreams through their successes.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
If only I had a 400 batting average and could throw a 95 mph fast ball... Of course, if I was doing that, I wouldn't be at KS&R!

What is your greatest extravagance?
Lunch... It's my favorite meal of the day! I'm certain to go every day - as a chance to get out of the office and clear my head.

I plan my day around it ☺

What's on your to-do list?
Besides lunch, my to-do list is filled with deadlines and deliverables. We are currently in the middle of our planning cycle, so we are heavily vested in identifying new targets and opening doors with our marketing efforts.

What makes someone a good mentor?
A good mentor is someone who challenges you, pushes you to take on more responsibilities than you're supposed to be able to handle, and helps you recover when you have made poor decisions.

Good mentors for me have always been great role models - both personally and professionally. They've shown me how to both succeed and fail, and saved me from myself a number of times.

What is the secret of your success at KS&R?
I don't want to be the smartest person in the room. I want to surround myself with people who will challenge me, who know how to think through issues, and who are, in all honesty, more talented than I will ever be. They make me better and therefore, the work we do is better.

The team we have in place at KS&R is that kind of team. We've brought together a variety of successful professionals with different backgrounds and experiences; we work hard together and deliver for our clients. They challenge me and I challenge them. That's what makes KS&R the success that it is today.