Featured Employee | Meet Victoria

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee joined Gorkana in February 2014. Victoria is Gorkana’s Senior Event Manager, based out of the London, U.K. office. When asked what her greatest accomplishment at Gorkana is, Victoria says, “that’s a really tough one as I’m really proud of the breadth and depth of the events we deliver. I think my personal favorite this year was a panel event entitled ‘Collision Course: advertising, digital and PR new world order ’. The event was a panel discussion with some key industry figures and clients.”

Outside of work, Victoria enjoys exploring all that London has to offer. She explains, “It’s important in my role to keep ahead of new venue/restaurant openings so I’ll often be out and about sampling soft launches and visiting weird and wonderful pop-up experiences.”

If you want to learn more about Gorkana, connect with Victoria LinkedIn and Twitter.

vic 2Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely?
A: In our little coffee unit making a round of tea for the fabulous marketing team. I always seem to choose the most popular time of day!

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I love London and exploring all it has to offer. It’s important in my role to keep ahead of new venue/restaurant openings so I’ll often be out and about sampling soft launches and visiting weird and wonderful pop-up experiences. I’m also an avid fan of contemporary dance – Matthew Bourne being my absolute favourite choreographer.

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: Ru Paul. Not only am I obsessed with her show Drag Race but I’m in awe of her skill in commerciality. The ability to successfully integrate products for consumer engagement is genius and totally evolving the way marketers use product placement.

Q: What’s your favorite food?1
A: I’m a little bit obsessed with dim sum.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I’m a city girl at heart so I think it would either be New York or Hong Kong. I love the vibe there – they’re both the kind of place you can just wander around, get lost and discover hidden gems. I love to explore.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: Netflix. I love nothing more than a box set marathon.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Effervescent.

kayakQ: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Gorkana?
A: Build a network. There’s a wealth of experience amongst the teams and you will need their advice and insights. Make efforts to foster those relationships and be generous with your knowledge too.

Featured Employee | Meet Jeffrey

This week’s Featured Employee, Jeffrey,  joined Cision in June 2009 as a Broadcast Monitoring Analyst and is now the Human Filtered Broadcast Monitoring Manager. He is based out of our headquarters in Chicago, IL. Jeffrey is originally from Hercules, CA and graduated from University of California, Berkeley.

If you want to learn more about Cision, connect with Jeffrey on Linkedin.

401670_10101318515501173_2097763872_nQ: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely?
A: Trying to find a banana in one of the fruit baskets or making coffee at the Keurig machine.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: Watch live performances – musicals, plays and concerts!

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: I would have lunch with Beyoncé so I could get the first scoop on when her next secret album will drop.

Q: What’s your favorite food?10446248_10103465527766383_2406950393250423603_o
A: I could have scrambled eggs and rice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Cision?
A: Becoming manager of the Human Filtered Broadcast Monitoring team and training 7 completely new employees in one month.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: After surviving my first Chicago winter, I would have to say any place where 50 degrees is considered cold.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?178410_10101639719041703_157273620_o
A: With Super Smash Bros coming out soon, my most treasured possession right now would be my Wii U.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: ORANGE (I have worn orange every day since I was a freshman in high school).

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Cision?
A: Have a positive attitude and actively look for ways you can improve your skillset.

 

Featured Employee | Meet Jenn

TGIF! This week’s Featured Employee is a Professional Services Consultant based out of our Beltsville office. Jenn is originally from Sparta, New Jersey and graduated from Clemson University.

Jenn joined Vocus in April 2014. When asked what her greatest accomplishment has been at Vocus, Jenn says, “I don’t think I’ve been at Vocus long enough to truly have a benchmark career accomplishment, but I like to think I have proven myself as a team player amongst the other PSCs, and someone they all can rely on…or at least have a good laugh with :) ”.

If you would like to know more, connect with Jenn on LinkedIn.

Jenn_headshotQ: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? 
A: Sundogs during lunch reading a book, or checking out Lou’s Candy Shop to see if Butterfingers were added to one of the jars.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I consider myself somewhat of a Renaissance Lady, so this list is ever-growing. When I’m not at Vocus creating Boolean strings and refining media monitor terms, I am working out … a lot. Keeping physically fit is a huge part of my life: I do crossfit, run marathons, and ref women’s lacrosse. As a result, I have about fifteen pairs of mis-matched athletic socks – I swear the more I buy the less chance they come out of the laundry as a pair. I also really enjoy art – I wanted to be an artist when I was younger, but that doesn’t really pay the bills in modern society. I paint, sketch, and do some freelance graphic design. My Mom is a super talented water-color painter and my Brother is a solo musician, so I think the creative gene runs in our family. I also really enjoy reading – anything from a suspenseful fiction novel, to a “how to” on stock investing. It is the best way to gain knowledge and perspective. Finally, I’m not sure if you would consider this a hobby, but I am really good at remembering movie quotes, which positions me to be an asset in a game of trivia or Catch Phrase.

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?Jenn Halloween wine
A: Assuming anyone ever in the world, Leonardo DaVinci, the Renaissance Man himself. I find it fascinating that his ideas and inventions are still relevant today, hundreds of years later. And of course, I could ask him why Mona Lisa has that smirk on her face…

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Does Chik Fil A Sauce count as a food?

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Charleston, SC. My parents retired there last year and the diversity of the city is amazing. Great food, great weather, great culture.CCT

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My lacrosse stick. I have had it since high school and played with it during college. Unfortunately I do not currently play, so my stick now serves a new purposes as a potential weapon against burglars and conveniently rests near my front door. I live in Baltimore … you’ve seen the show “The Wire”, right?

Jenn_ArtQ: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Supercalafragalisticexpealadocious

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?
A: Two things – this can apply to any new employee at any company. 1. Be a sponge. Soak up all and any information you can about the company and its operations – even if it may not relate directly to your role or department. Seeing the bigger picture is always better than the little picture. 2. “Drink the kool-aid, but don’t get caught at the cooler.” This is one of my favorite quotes – it means be open to all opinions, but don’t be a victim of groupthink. If you hear a co-worker say something negative, understand why they may think that way, but don’t automatically think it is true and say the same thing. Make judgments on your own accord. I have found this extremely helpful in and outside of the office.

Featured Employee | Meet Reid

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee is a part of Cision’s Sales Enablement team. Reid is a Sales Trainer based out of our headquarters in Chicago. He is originally from Hermon, Maine. Reid graduated from James Madison University, the best school in the country according to him, and then attended Stephen F. Austin State University for Grad school.

Reid joined the Cision family in June 2014. When asked what his greatest accomplishment at Cision has been, Reid says, “Every time a new Sales Rep I trained gets their first sale! It’s a great feeling and it’s why I love my job.”

If you want to learn more about Cision, connect with Reid on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Reid20Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? 
A: The Wrigley Field conference room. That is where I do most trainings. I think I am there more than my desk!

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I enjoy attending concerts, sporting events, traveling (I always have a top three travel destinations) and being a Chicago Tourist. I am currently a board member with the James Madison University Alumni Chapter of Chicago where I coordinate social and charity events. I am also an avid sports fan and love following the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and University of Virginia basketball.

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?Reid21
A: A ninja, duh… but then I wouldn’t be able to see them…

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Lobster, I am from Maine after all. And if we can make it surf and turf by throwing in some steak I wouldn’t be upset about it at all. However, if you ask anyone around the office they will tell you I am obsessed with Chipotle… which I am.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Chicago. Honestly. I have lived all over (Maine, Virginia, Texas) and am completely in love with this City. It is PERFECT. If I had to pick anywhere outside of Chicago it would probably be Boston so I could be closer to my family. I have two nieces and a nephew who are just the cutest.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?Reid22
A: I am not sure I have a tangible possession that comes to mind. Sadly. My desk always lacks any sort of decorations as well.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Strengthsquest and DiSC tell me it would be: Relator. “I enjoy turning strangers into friends and building a relationship with them.” There is a lot of truth to this.

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Cision?
A: Since I am responsible for onboarding and training our new sales reps I get the distinct pleasure of doing this for my job! I always tell them to take responsibility for their “brand” here at Cision. They should remain positive at all times and in the following order:

  1. Master your job
  2. Get involved
  3. Become a thought leader/innovator in their position and department

Featured Employee | Meet Laura

This week’s Featured Employee, Laura, joined Vocus in 2011. She is an Account Executive on our Mid Market team, based out of our Beltsville office. When asked what her greatest accomplishment at Vocus is, Laura responds, “Last year I hit president’s club as my first year as an AE. It was definitely a challenge and a lot of hard work, but going on the amazing trip to Puerto Rico this year made it all worth it!”

Laura is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State University. Outside of work, Laura enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants in the DC area. She loves spending time outdoors and traveling when she can. She will be backpacking through Southeast Asia soon!

If you want to learn more, connect with Laura on LinkedIn.

laura m2Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely?
A: I’d like to say I would be in the gym, but I definitely spend most of my time refueling in the various coffee shops of Vocus town. I drink at least three cups each day.

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?Demand Success
A: My grandparents. They both passed away when I was very young and there is still so much I’d like to know about their lives.

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: I try to eat healthy most of the time, but my guilty pleasure is macaroni and cheese. It sounds simple, but I will never get sick of it!

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Southern California. Or, really anywhere that is warm year-round and is near the beach. I would be totally fine with never seeing snow again : )Laura wedding

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My family. I know they aren’t technically a possession but we talk almost every day and I would honestly be lost without them!

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?
A: Come in every day with a really good attitude. Positivity is so important in any environment and truly makes a difference in everything you do in your job. In the tech industry, things are constantly changing, so you’ve got to adapt often and not get discouraged going out of your comfort zone.

Featured Employee | Meet Ian

Happy Halloween! This week’s Featured Employee joined Cision in June 2014. Ian is a Media Researcher based out of our headquarters in Chicago. He is originally from Springfield, Virginia. Outside of work, Ian loves to be outdoors as much as he can! He enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. He has lived in four states and three time zones since graduating from Principia College in 2008!

If you want to learn more about Cision, connect with Ian on LinkedIn and Twitter.1150980_10201930976024157_568353056_n

Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? 
A: Grabbing fruit candy from reception.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I am an actor, so I love working with scripts and other creatives putting together a show or shooting something. A group of friends and I get together regularly(ish) to read scripts and look for something to produce.

1011141020Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: I actually had lunch with Robert Duvall once (we have the same Alma Mater), so I’ll pick someone from the outdoor world. Tenzig Norgay was the Sherpa who helped Sir Edmund Hillary climb Everest for the first time. Can I have a translator?

60980_512819040502_950132_nQ: What’s your favorite food?
A: The interesting answer is Vietnamese food. My mother is Vietnamese and grew up in Vietnam. My sister & I rate Vietnamese restaurants based on whether we would take our mom there. But the truth is there is no more perfect food than pizza.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Does anyone have just one answer to this question? I love the UK, I want to see the Himalayas and New Zealand. My parents are going to Ecuador for at least a year when they retire so I have to go there. I think I need to see a few more places before I can settle on one as perfect for me.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: She’s not a “possession,” per se, but my dog. We didn’t have a dog growing up, so she is my first and I’ve had her almost 5 years now. She brings me outside of myself and loves the outdoors even more than me.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?10669274_10152342273676883_5264165104553007445_o
A: Something like “divided,” but without the negative connotation. I tend to have a foot on either side of things. I love the country and the backcountry, but I want easy access to the culture, food, and friends that the city provides. The acting thing keeps me tied to the city too, but I also would love to do something that keeps me outdoors more of the time (before moving to Chicago, I lived in a cabin and was Assistant Director at an outdoor center & summer camp). It keeps things interesting, I guess?

Featured Employee | Meet Kevin

This week’s Featured Employee joined Vocus in April 2013. Kevin is an Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable associate in our Finance department and located in our Beltsville, MD office.

Kevin was born and raised in Maryland. He grew up in Elkton, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland. Kevin resides in Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Outside of work, he enjoys playing on his kickball team in D.C. He loves exploring the city and is always on the look out for new restaurants to try! When he’s not at his desk you can most likely find him in the arcade! He says, “The arcade is a great place to relax during the day! It doesn’t feel like you are in the office.”

If you would like to learn more, connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: I would pick Jennifer Lawrence. I love her personality and the roles she plays in movies. I think we would have a fun lunch together. She is extremely talented, but still down to earth and funny.

Q: What’s your favorite food?IMG_3839
A: I love anything Mexican and sushi. I am ALWAYS in the mood for sushi!

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Vocus?
A: I would say landing the job. It’s my first entry level position after graduating from University of Maryland. I am so happy that I work here!

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I would want to live somewhere by the beach. I love the ocean and if it’s a city too, that’s even better. I’m thinking Miami or Rio?! The more exotic it is, the better!IMG_3726

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: Okay, I don’t own my apartment, but that is what I value the most because I wanted to live in a city my whole life. The fact that the dream is a reality makes me so grateful! I love living in D.C.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Adventurous – I enjoy getting involved in D.C. and meeting new people. I also like to explore and try new things. I think it’s good to get out of your comfort zone sometimes.

IMG_4233Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?
A: I would tell them to do their best and know that your managers are always there to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to get the job done!

Featured Employee | Meet Katy

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee, Katy, is a part of the Cision recruiting team! Katy is an Associate Recruiter based out of our headquarters in Chicago. She joined the Cision family in July 2013.  Katy is originally from Naperville, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood with her husband, Mark, and their Border Collie, Wrigley.  If you couldn’t tell from the name of their dog, they are Cub’s fans! Katy graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Educational Administration specializing in Student Affairs.

If you want to learn more about Cision, connect with Katy on LinkedIn.

katy1Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? 
A: I treat the candy dish (and Mary Claire and Kristen) at the front reception desk as my personal therapist. There’s no better afternoon pick-me-up than a handful of sugar and a quick chat.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I am training for my first Half-Marathon, as well as playing on an indoor volleyball team with a few other “Cisionites”, so that takes up the majority of my free time right now. As a recovering shopaholic, I’m trying to spend more time outdoors, wearing out my dog, and less time in the LOFT dressing rooms.Katy 4

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: Bill Murray. I’d also request that he speak in the voice of Carl from Caddyshack for the duration of our lunch.

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: When Mark asked my dad for his permission to marry me, my dad’s only advice to him was that “any bad mood of Katy’s can be fixed with ice cream. Never, ever, run out of ice cream.”

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Cision?Katy 3
A: I think I am most proud of the work I did recruiting for the Human-Filtered Broadcast team. We relocated an entire team to our Chicago headquarters and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment once that big project was wrapped up. Plus, now Jeffrey Marquez has an awesome team in place!

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I have recently become a bit obsessed with the “tiny house” movement. If I could live anywhere, I would live in a tiny house trailer (like this) and travel the US with Mark & Wrigley.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My engagement ring; Mark designed it using a diamond from a family heirloom so it was both “something old” and “something new” on my wedding day.

katy 2Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Persistent.

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Cision?
A: Participate in everything! Cision really began to feel like my ‘home’ once I spent time with my colleagues outside of the office. Happy hours, Scandal viewing parties, recreation leagues, and team dinners during Chicago’s restaurant week were how my colleagues became my friends.

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Jan

This week’s Featured Employee has been a part of our Finance department for almost four years! Jan is our International Payroll Manager. She considers every employee to be a “customer” of hers!

Jan was born in Washington, DC and grew up in both Maryland and Virginia. She has been married for thirty-three years and has three kids. When asked about her kids, Jan explains, “one has launched (25 years old), one has almost launched (21 years old) and one is a work in progress (18 years old).” Along with her three kids, she has two dogs, two cats, and one deceased bird which she says was a “bad gift choice”.  Outside of work, Jan enjoys hanging out with her family especially since she believes “the older they get the more fun they are!”

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Jan on LinkedIn.Preakness 2014

Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? (Favorite spot in Vocus Town)
A: I could be just about anywhere, but if it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 11:30ish I’ll be in the gym.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: My garden and pretty much anything DIY. I love the satisfaction of tangible results…and I love making things beautiful and unique.

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: Hmmm dead or alive…I’ll go with alive and it would have to be Brad Pitt because this is a fantasy lunch and it’s the only chance I’ll get! Ok nevermind…we’ll go with Margaret Thatcher.Cruisin

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Everything except mushrooms, sprouts, tofu or anything else that tastes like dirt.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Vocus?
A: Bringing color to accounting :)

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Anywhere I could put my toes in the sand…Bora Bora maybe.

Jan and StephanieQ: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My health because it provides the means for just about everything else.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Fun-loving!

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?
A: Be yourself, know your job, do it well and pick up after yourself!

 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Kelli

TGIF! This week’s Featured Employee, Kelli, has been working at Vocus for 15 years! Kelli started out as the receptionist and worked her way up to become the Director of Facilities. She is always on top of what’s going on in every Vocus office!

Kelli grew up in Cloverly, Maryland. She is a Mom to two “wonderful, crazy, energetic, and hysterical little girls”. Even though she is crazy busy being in charge of the Vocus facilities and being a Mom, she still finds time to take care of her cat, dog AND horse!

If you want to learn more about Vocus or hear some priceless stories from when Vocus first got started, connect with Kelli on LinkedIn.

10393680_10204366862272289_417993720890159672_nQ: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely? 

A: I’m usually not at my desk; I’m always running around! If I were to stop and hangout in one spot it would have to be Sun Dogs, of course after grabbing a cup of coffee from the café.

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

A: Before kids, if I wasn’t here working, you would find me at the barn. I have been riding and showing horses since I was 6 years old. I also love cooking and I do photography on the side. 

Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?maddie barn

A: I would have to say Isla Fisher. Why you ask? Well because I liked the movie, Now You See Me and I could go home and say “Hey honey I had lunch with Isla Fisher today; what did you do?”  LOL.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Bacon. No that’s what my husband would say. I would have to say chicken because there are so many different ways to make it!

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Vocus?

A: This is a tough one because I look at each office I have helped open to be a significant accomplishment. I love the expressions as people walk into the office spaces for the first time and check out their new work home. With that said I would say the greatest accomplishment would be closing down the old three buildings in Lanham, MD and moving into our new Beltsville HQ over a weekend. As if the move itself wasn’t enough of a challenge, we happened to have hurricane Sandy hit us that weekend. For myself and all those involved it was a wild ride. 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: As long as there is sun, sand and some water I’m happy! 

KelliQ: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I would say my daughters but I don’t know that they are possessions. I would have to say my wedding band; it was my Grandmothers.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?work1 (1 of 1)

A: Sarcastic.

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Always be willing to pitch in and help, don’t limit yourself to your job and/or your position.