Name: Erica Vines
Title: Marketing Specialist
Company: Xtium

Q: What is your role at Xtium?
A: I assist with the coordination of events including industry conferences, trade shows, user conferences and community events. We recently launched Cloud Wednesdays, a bi-weekly event series focused on the latest cloud news and industry topics. This is a great opportunity to take part in an interactive discussion and network with industry experts and the Xtium team. We have enjoyed our first few events and look forward to our Year-End Celebration on December 12.

Q: What is one unexpected thing that has happened to you in your career that has led to a positive change?
A: While studying abroad in London at Temple University, I was given the opportunity to network and make unique connections. This experience has allowed me to grow as a young professional and has opened doors to future endeavors.

Q: When friends or colleagues come to the Philadelphia area to live or visit, what places, foods or entertainment do you recommend?
A: I recommend visiting Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street. I enjoy an evening overlooking the city at a lounge and skybar. Philadelphia has the best food trucks in my opinion, but my favorite restaurant is Fogo de Chão. When friends come to visit, I like to go to street festivals and scout out the hand crafted jewelry and art. There is always entertainment at the Electric Factory or musicians playing in the street.


Q: As a young professional in the Greater Philadelphia region, we have to ask: “Whiz ‘wit’ or ‘wit-out’?
A: “Provolone, wit”


Q: If you could impart advice to young professionals looking to start a career in Philadelphia (or Xtium) what would you tell them?
A: I would tell them to network as much as possible. It is important to make connections and build relationships with professionals in all fields. I’m a firm believer in “it’s not about who you know, but who knows you!”