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.  

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Rachel

This week’s Featured Employee is celebrating her 5 year anniversary with Vocus this month! Rachel started out as a Media Researcher while attending the University of Maryland. After being a Media Researcher for 3 years, Rachel was hired to be an intern in the Human Resources department. From there she worked her way up to become a Human Resources Administrator and then a Human Resources Generalist.

Rachel is a Maryland native. She grew up in Southern Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves exploring DC on the weekends!

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

970948_10201198235343907_73019897_nQ: What is your favorite spot in Vocus Town?

A: The Think Room (Bean Bag Room).

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

A: I would probably pick Kelly Cutrone. She is a go-getter in the fashion industry!image

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Seafood, especially scallops.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Vocus?

A: Having the opportunity to professionally grow within the company.

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

A: I was born and raised in Maryland. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!1618655_10203353873873523_1908306889_n

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My photo albums. I love being able to reminisce on some of my favorite memories!

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

10286518_503743806398287_604904960_oA: Vivacious!

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

A: Come to work eager to exceed your personal and professional goals. 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Lynn

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee is a Recruiter here at Vocus. Lynn is originally from Long Island, New York and played lacrosse at Monmouth University.  She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. When asked what her favorite part about being a Recruiter is, Lynn replied, “I really enjoy identifying top talent and matching them to the perfect job.” When Lynn is not at work she is most likely outside. She says, “Whether I am just hanging out with friends, enjoying the sun, or cooking some food on the BBQ – I love the fresh air!”

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Lynn on LinkedIn.

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

A: In the café, making myself a cup of coffee!

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Right now, I am obsessed with Shake it Off by Taylor Swift….that song is so catchy!

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Really anything, but I LOVE fresh mozzarella and tomato!

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

A:  Montauk, NY.  Although it gets chilly there in the winters, the summers are beautiful and I have so many childhood memories at the point.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A:  My watch.  It’s the perfect piece of jewelry and goes with everything I wear…it’s timeless ;)

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

A:  FUN!

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

A:  Be a sponge.  Learn everything and anything you can.  Ask questions and work hard! 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Daniel

This week’s Featured Employee, Daniel, is on the Business Development team. He joined Vocus in April 2013. Daniel’s favorite part about working at Vocus is “the team dynamic that exists here, not just in your own department, but across other parts of the business as well.” If he is not at his desk, he is most likely in the Coffee Shop getting ready for a mid-afternoon caffeine rush! Outside of work, Daniel enjoys hanging out with his friends and exploring DC.

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Daniel on LinkedIn.

Feature 1Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Probably Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chicken bacon ranch pizza…it’s amazing!

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

A: Probably Malta. I studied abroad there and it’s such a beautiful, fun place with great beaches and a great mix of cultures.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?Feature 3

A: I’d have to say my gold chain. My dad got it for me when I was a kid and I honestly don’t think I’ve taken it off since.

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

A: Dedicated.

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

A: You definitely have to work hard, but don’t forget to take a step back, get to know your coworkers and take advantage of all the fun things to do in Vocus Town.

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Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Angel

This week’s Featured Employee has been with Vocus since January 2012. Angel is  part of Vocus’ Mid-Market PR Sales Division. He is an all star when it comes to closing deals and is hoping to make the President’s Club for the 3rd year in a row! When asked what he loves about working at Vocus, Angel says, “There are so many things I like about working here, but what really keeps me motivated day in and day out is the culture and people I work with.” He goes on to say, “I’ve met some amazing people who have become some of my best friends, but I also love that even though we are good friends, we are competing with each other and pushing each other to continue crushing our goals!”

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Angel on LinkedIn.

Me & Becs in PRQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Any song by Circa Survive…my all-time favorite band.  If I’m working out…which happens like once a month… it’ll be a anything heavy rock with lots of screaming.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chick-Fil-A Spicy Sandwich or nuggets…I love it so much that I once at 78 nuggets in one sitting…yes…78…with sauce.  Honorable mention would be Fish Tacos.Just Me

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

A: That’s a tough one…I’ve never been to Australia, but any place that has Koala’s & Kangaroo’s has to be awesome.  As long as I’m near a beach, I’d be happy anywhere.

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I don’t know if saying my wife Rebecca is a good or bad answer here…because I don’t think she’d appreciate being called a “possession”, but my wife is my best friend and I treasure her more than anything else in the world.

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

A: Likable.  For as long as I can remember people have always told me that I have a way about me that makes people feel at ease and comfortable around me very quickly. I’ve always been friends with all types of groups and personalities that are all very different and diverse.  Even my prospects say the same thing over the phone, and feel bad telling me no because they “like me” so much.

 Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?Becs & I - Fins Game

A: Talk to me of course….just kidding.  My first piece of advice would be to always stay positive.  Sales is very tough and there will be rough days, but the beautiful thing about it is the very next call you make or email you send can completely turn it around.  The other piece of advice would be to be open to criticism or ideas/advice from your peers. Even  though you can feel like an expert and get very strong at your craft, it’s extremely important to continue evolving; take advice/criticism from peers who are successful, and always stay hungry to improve.  

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Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Gilford

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s Featured Employee joined Vocus in October 2012. Gilford is a Junior Systems Administrator in Vocus’ IT Department. He is originally from Ghana; his Mom brought him to the United States in 2004.  Gilford loves the “culture and atmosphere of Vocus”. Outside of work, he enjoys drawing and playing soccer and basketball. He believes he can’t be beat at ping pong so reach out and challenge him to a game! You can usually find him walking around Vocus Town, helping his fellow employees with any IT troubles they might have. If you want to learn more about Vocus be sure to connect with Gilford on LinkedIn!

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?photo 3 (1)

A: Girlie O by Pato Ranking.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Lamb Jollof Rice with Salad and Avocado.photo 5 (1)

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

A: Dubai or Brazil, because why not?

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: A picture of my Mom!

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

A: People might not guess it, but I’m very observant.

 photo 2 (1)Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Learn to be good at what you do and to be resourceful.

 

 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Eric

TGIF! This week’s Featured Employee is Eric, a Marketing Consultant in Client Services! Eric joined Vocus in January 2013. When asked what he loves most about working at Vocus, Eric says, “the facilities are a major plus, but I just enjoy helping companies reach their goals. Marketing is constantly changing and I love learning and teaching new Marketing tips and trends to clients.”  If he is not at his desk, he is most likely playing HORSE/Vocus at the basketball court. Eric claims he is the “resident ‘Granny Shot’ specialist” on the court!

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Eric on LinkedIn.

1374838_10153368303325245_1100445525_nQ: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A: I would say it is more of an addiction, but my wife and I picked up golf earlier this year.

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Craig Morgan – This Ole Boy.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I’ll take a cheeseburger. I’m easy to please.

 Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?10458016_10152207954043358_8273863420260637351_n

A: Somewhere with a view and a lot of land, I’d rather have grass and trees than cement and parking garages.

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: Probably my wedding ring just for what it symbolizes.

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

A: Peculiar. 

10475605_10152267005813358_4622951184702708588_nQ: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Don’t limit your learning to your own department, try to learn as much as your can about Sales, account management, client services, and product. It helps a lot to know what other people do all day at the company