Age Quod Agis - "Do Well Whatever You Do"
This statement is the guiding force in my life and is my personal Mission Statement. It is the motto of my high school, and I have taken it to heart. I am passionate about excelling in whatever I do, whether that is making dinner or working on multi-million dollar advertising campaigns.
I received a BS in Marketing from Portland State in December of 2012; but let's be honest, my degree does not show my intellect or knowledge of marketing. It shows that I have the fortitude and work ethic to finish the things I start and do them well from beginning to end. I said, "I would never go back to school".... but more about that later.
After graduating, I got a job a Nike's employee store in Beaverton. During my time at Nike, I learned product and visual merchandising, customer service, and the importance of Brand continuity in a retail setting. This experience penetrates and influences my thought process and analysis in every aspect of what I do. I continually ask myself "How does this affect the customer's experience?"
The two years working at iHeartMedia were some of the best times of my life. As you can imagine, a radio station is a fast-paced and somewhat chaotic working environment. I thrived off the energy and enjoyed the creative people with whom I worked. In this position, I learned how to communicate, manage cross-functional teams, conduct market research, and how to tell a story using sales and marketing data.
After two years at iHeartMedia, my role came to a natural end. Career advancement would have meant outside sales (cold-calling) and that is not my personality. My fiancé (now wife) was graduating at the same time so we decided to travel while we were still young instead of waiting until we could barely walk up the Spanish Steps in Rome (see below). This really is the Spanish Steps at 6:30am. Jetlag is a great / terrible thing depending on how you embrace it.