Role: U.S. Public Relations Manager at Fast
Team: Corporate Communications
Why did you join Fast?
I worked on the agency side for many years doing public relations. When you work in an agency, you work with lots of different clients. Often they're not all in the same industry. So when you're doing that, you can't go super deep on one company or industry. But there were points in my career where I had this moment where I could focus on just one company as a client, and those were the times when I felt like it was the most rewarding. I felt I could make a bigger impact. So I always knew that I wanted to move into an in-house role.
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
I grew up in Silverton, Oregon. My dad's a nurseryman and landscaper. My mom's a retired school teacher. I’m the youngest of three. It was a good, simple life. I was very chatty, which is probably what led me into communications. We played the quiet game a lot on long road trips to get me to stop talking. I was pretty active and really enjoyed the swim team as well.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have two kids, and I have always been a really career-driven person. That’s always meant I put a lot into my work, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what the right balance of that is with work and family. I feel like I've been able to find that just by looking for ways to be more present when I have time with my kids and then how to be more present when I have time to focus on work. I feel like my husband and I have created this nice balance that works for us as a family.
What’s your productivity hack?
If I have a call, I take typed notes and then will bold, highlight, or put in all caps any actions that I need to remember when I come out of a meeting. After I wrap up the call, I can go back to those notes. I use the task function on my calendar a lot to put them on the day that something needs to get done. And that’s sort of my cheat sheet for what I need to accomplish each day.
When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?
We have some close family friends that I've known pretty much all my life, and they have given so much to help people and organizations. They never want attribution for their donations. They were very kind, and they paid for my college. That was something that had a huge impact on me, and it always drives me in terms of what giving and volunteerism should look like.
Who’s your celebrity doppelgänger?
I can't think of a celebrity, but hilariously when I was in high school, in a keyboarding class, there was this keyboarding textbook, and on the cover was this girl working on her keyboard and a dead ringer for me. It was very weird to look at.
Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?
My mom has one celebrity whose name she remembers: John Wayne. So I would totally interview John Wayne for my mom.
What’s your top travel destination?
There’s just something about the pictures of Bora Bora. It just looks so dreamy, amazing, and peaceful.
Where do you see yourself a year from now?
Here at Fast, continuing to advance our external communications, learning and improving every day, and supporting all of our teams internally.