Title: Manager, Internal Communications
Why do you love your job? One of the parts of my job that I love is the responsibility of being a voice for associates. Our founder, Sam Walton, believed that our associates have great ideas, and that’s still absolutely true today. I love the challenge of bringing these ideas, thoughts and concerns to the business teams in our home office. Believe it or not, we don’t always get everything perfect.
How long have you been a member of IABC? Less than a year.
Have you ever served on an IABC Board? No.
What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take part in many, but I did enter work for a Bronze Quill for the first time this year – and won! All of the hard work and headaches was worth it.
How has IABC played a part in your professional development? It’s always nice to attend meetings and hear new ideas. Translating those ideas to suit your needs is a fun challenge.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? I love to cook. Absolutely love it. These days my wife and I started taking tennis lessons a couple of times a week. Small victories like keeping the ball in play for more than 10 hits gets me way too pumped up.
What’s your favorite vacation spot? I love going to South Korea. The food is absolutely amazing. You get a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory all in one bite. Also, the hiking is incredible if you’re into that activity.
Who is your favorite musical artist? Hard to pick a favorite, but I always love me some Earth, Wind & Fire.
Which website do you visit daily? Besides Walmartone.com (our intranet)? Generally the NY Times and Morningstar.
What is your favorite restaurant? Before my wife and I moved to Arkansas we were living in NYC. We treated ourselves to Jean-Georges before relocating. It was, without a doubt, the best food I’ll ever have the privilege to eat.
What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Absorb as much as you can, while you can. Walk, don’t run toward your career ambitions. Stay humble while working your butt off.