Name: Conor Mahoney
Title: Account Manager
Company: Market Resource Partners (MRP)
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? What inspired you to go into your field of work?
A: I moved to Philly in 2006 to go to college at LaSalle University and went right into the MBA program after finishing my undergraduate degree. I majored in Marketing and minored in Psychology for undergrad. My MBA concentration was in Marketing. A few weeks after finishing my MBA, I started at MRP. I’ve had different positions during my time with the company; I’m now an Account Manager. To give you a little background on my company, MRP does channel marketing for Fortune 100 technology companies such as Cisco, HP, IBM, and Microsoft among others. We develop marketing campaigns for companies that sell the products of the Fortune 100 tech companies. For example, if a company we work with says they want to increase their sales in another state, I would put together a marketing campaign and oversee the execution of it with my team by making sure everything runs smoothly. My position is also sales oriented so it’s a mixture of project management, sales, and management all bundled into one.
I was inspired to go into this field because I’ve always been a communicator and a people person. Sales has always been a strong point for me, so I wanted a career where I could hone those skills. I thrive on being able to be in front of people, communicating with people, and helping them.
Q: I’m sure your days probably look different from day-to-day, but what does a typical work day look like for you? What are some of the most exciting aspects of your job?
A: A big part of my day is attending a lot of meetings! I have meetings with my internal team to make sure our campaigns are being executed properly. I have meetings with clients to make sure we are meeting their expectations. I also look for opportunities to further help clients meet their goals and act in a customer service role for clients.
An exciting aspect of my job is traveling and meeting clients, I was actually in Florida earlier this week with a client. I also like planning the strategies we put in place for clients. Planning marketing campaigns for clients involves an integrated approach which allows for creativity which I like a lot.
Q: Do you have any notable professional goals you are working toward that you would like to share?
A: I’d really like to help MRP grow from a sales point of view. We are not a large company. We have 215 employees. In the future, I would like to work with a vice president to develop strategies to foster growth within the company. I would eventually like work my way up and attain a position like vice president of sales for the company.
I am also working on obtaining my Real Estate license so I can use my sales skills in that field.
Q: How has being involved in YPN benefited you thus far?
A: I’ve been involved with YPN for a little over a year. My CEO who is a member of the Chamber suggested I join. He thought YPN would be a good fit for my goals and interests. I now serve as a contact within my company for other staff who are involved in YPN. We currently have about 10 slots available for younger staff interested joining YPN. We try to get as many of our staff who are involved in YPN to go to the monthly events as possible. Personally, being a member of YPN has been great from a networking standpoint. I have met a lot of young professionals in the city and have learned a lot about other companies and other industries.
Q: What do you think are some of the benefits of living in Philly for young professionals?
A: Philly definitely offers opportunities for young professionals from a career standpoint. It’s possible to make an impact in this city. Philly is a big city that has a small town feel which can be a major plus for young professionals trying to make their mark professionally.
Q: What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of work? Do you have any unexpected talents?
A: I don’t really have any hidden talents. I’m definitely a big sports fan. I play softball, football and basketball in a league. I bike a lot and surf at Long Beach Island during the summer. I also take care of my dog. I have a pit bull and boxer mix named Tigger. He keeps me active and goes everywhere with me.
Q: Do you have any fun activities planned for the remainder of the summer in Philly or elsewhere that you’d like to share with us?
A: As for plans this summer, I do go down to the shore almost every weekend. Another activity that comes to mind that I will be doing at the end of the summer is participate in the MS150 Bike to Shore which is a charity 150 mile MS Bike Ride from Philly to Ocean City in September. It’s a big event and a lot of fun.