It all started in college, when I initially was a nursing major and quickly realized science was not of great interest to me. At 18 years old, trying to figure out what I wanted to spend the next 40 plus years doing with my life was not the easiest decision. I reached out to student services and they suggested taking a personality exam for some guidance. The results suggested a career in “business”. I thought to myself, business ok that seems so vague, is there more to it than just business? After looking further into the business degree options, I landed on marketing, and the rest is history.
During my last semester at the University of Central Florida, I joined Daytona International Speedway as a Marketing and Promotions Intern for the 2011 Speedweeks events. Applying for this internship proved to be one of the best decisions I made for myself. The speedway provided me my first true marketing experience and gave me a firsthand look into my future career field. Seeing all the hard work, excessive hours, and team work come together to create an amazing experience for the fans and knowing I got to be a part of that experience was the best part. Getting to see Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson was an added perk!
After graduating, I took my experience to the non-profit industry working at the Duvall Home as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. Here I organized fundraising events, maintained the website and social media, and implemented marketing efforts. I appreciate beginning my career with a non-profit. Starting at Duvall Home opened my eyes to just how critical marketing can be. Majority of non-profit operations are dependent on donations making community development that much more important.
Following Duvall Home, I decided to exit the non-profit industry and basically go in the opposite direction, becoming the Marketing Specialist for Gateway Bank of Florida where I helped coordinate all marketing and advertising for the Volusia County market. As the bank’s first full time marketing position, I assisted in building a marketing plan which included a newly designed website and a fresh look to our branding. After spending over three years with Gateway, I knew it was time to seek new opportunity which is when I came across DME.
As a new member to the DME family, I am excited to grow my knowledge and challenge myself outside of my comfort zone. It feels great to be part of such a fun and creative team where I hope to add to their success!