Interviewed by Jacklyn Crugnale, Marketing Coordinator, Stockton Real Estate Advisors
Senior Marketing Manager
Buzz Marketing Group (“BuzzMG”)
Q:What is your role at Buzz Marketing and what do you like about your job?
A: BuzzMG is a small company so I wear many hats. I manage the marketing team, run all operations on-site at the office, and assist other departments as necessary whether it is as personal assistant to the CEO or assisting Finance.
Q: Besides YPN, are you a member of any other extracurricular groups? If so, why did you become involved?
A: I am involved in the volunteer organization at my church in Washington Township, The Perfecting Church, and I also volunteer every first Saturday at Winslow Township Elementary School for Project Hope Mobile. Project Hope Mobile provides packaged food to those in need in that immediate community. I also volunteer with, Next Level Greats Football Club (“NLG”), serving on their fundraiser committee. My duties at NLG range from helping to run their events from run-of-show to refilling water bottles at a combine or tryout.
Lastly, I hope to start volunteering at a local ceramics shop in South Jersey. I received a Bachelors in Arts and Archaeology and miss being in the field.
Q: Name a few ways that a young professional can become involved in Philadelphia.
A: I’d say the best way to start becoming involved in Philadelphia is finding the opportunities that are available through your job. When I first moved home from college, I worked at The Franklin Institute (an amazing place to work with awesome people) and made a lot of friends who were already connected within the community. They helped me find ways to get involved, both through The Franklin Institute and the local community. I would also suggest becoming a member of different museums and programs in the area and finding out if they need support/volunteers for their larger events.
My favorite way to get involved is through fitness. I’m an avid runner and a lot of my races are in Philadelphia. While I’m usually on the participant side, I always seek volunteer opportunities for friends and family to get involved in the events.
Q: Which YPN event/speaker has been your favorite and why?
A: “Bridging the Generational Gap in the Workplace” with Dale Carnegie has been my favorite YPN Professional Development event thus far. I really wanted to attend this event because I felt like it applied to our group at BuzzMG and would provide a lot of insight about different ways to work with my colleagues. We have a few generations at BuzzMG between our interns, fresh out of high school, all the way up to our CEO and we really value communication. The speaker made a lot of great points about knowing how other generations communicate so that you can have a more efficient and productive professional relationship. I loved how she engaged all of us and made it interactive. My favorite part was a great tip about how to begin communicating with a stranger – work or otherwise – that you think you have nothing in common. I can’t wait to go to another event!
Q: What has been your proudest moment as a Philadelphian?
A: I love the feeling I get when I’m able to be involved and make a difference. While working at The Franklin Institute, I was able to volunteer with the Science Leadership Academy. I taught a ceramics course I created called “Sculpting Science” and it was about the convergence of art and science and how they are related. After giving an overview of how to work with clay, I went through the exhibits with the students and had them sculpt their experiences. I absolutely loved every moment of it and was proud to make a difference in the lives of students.
Q: What’s your favorite spot in Philadelphia and why?
A: I think it would have to be Boathouse Row. Ever since I was a little kid, I was always so fascinated with Boathouse Row while traveling out to Lancaster – where my family is from and where my Grandmom lived. We would visit her almost every weekend, so I’d always look forward to passing the boat houses. It was like Christmas year-round! Now, being back in the area as an adult, the boat houses remind me of race season because I often run along paths that give a view of the river and the boat houses. It will always be special to me.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I am certainly an “on-the-go” type of person, looking for my next adventure. I love all things fitness and participate in two women’s field hockey leagues in South Jersey. I also usually do two to five races between spring and summer and I want to do one or two more in the fall this year. I love volunteering when I can, traveling both in and out of the country (my older brother lives in Italy and I visit every other year), watching movies, reading, visiting museums, spending time with friends and family, and going to the shore. There is so much more that I can’t think of right now. If it’s fun and/or relaxing, I’m there!