My career path has been anything but straight. My first job out of college was with a small start-up commercial real estate agency in Manhattan called Ripco in the late 1990's. In this role, I was given the chance to stretch my creativity by building sales kits for major retailers like CVS and Home Depot as well as supporting construction projects such as the East River Project and Atlantic Center. I stayed on with the team for nearly six years while the small office expanded from 4 brokers to 15 and is now a major competitor in the greater tri-state area.
In 2004, I moved back to my hometown of Buffalo, NY where I was lucky enough to land a position in the International Division of Rich Products Corporation, a billion dollar food manufacturing organization headquartered in the western New York region. This new and challenging role allowed me to interact with a diverse international team that stretched over every continent. During my tenure with Rich's I worked closely with our Operations and IT divisions to plan annual conferences, support an ERP transition, and help to lead an enterprise wide Product Lifecycle (PLC) software implementation named Accolade. In my role as an international team member, I was charged with leading training webinars with teams across the globe. What a wonderful experience to make connections with friends from Mexico, China, Brazil and beyond!
While I enjoyed my time with Rich's, an opportunity with another stellar brand, New Era Cap, took my career in a different direction. In 2006 I was hired into a newly created position by the Official Cap of Major League Baseball to support five C-suite executives in a rapidly growing organization. In this role, I was given unique insight to the multiple facets of an international fashion brand. Being a hub of information from Operations, IT, Marketing and Design, I was exposed to the complexities of working as a major licensee while supporting the authenticity of a beloved brand. Fortunately, this experience led me to a newly created role in the Corporate Communications department where my manager and I were tasked to create messaging for Corporate Communications, International Communications, Entertainment Marketing and PR. While my days and nights were busy, the opportunity to participate in events like the MLB All-Star Game, The Grammy's, and Comic Con made the experience worthwhile.
In 2010, my career took another turn. A newly created position opened in another local multi-dollar brand, Superior Group. Superior is a international supplier of workforce solutions including contract and direct placement employees as well as business service offerings such as payroll, HRO and BPO. This new position would be supporting a branding effort, a first for this 57 year old brand.