A couple of weeks ago, we announced that Ashton Brown joined our team as an associate. Now that she’s been here for a month, we thought it would be nice for everyone to get to know her a little better through our "Meet LPR" series.
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This month's “Meet LPR” post features our founder and principal, Blake Lewis. His interview was conducted by Amanda, so prepare for some candid answers...
This installment of “Meet LPR” features our newest team member, Jennifer Kim, who joined the LPR team as operations manager less than a week ago. Welcome, Jennifer!
Up next in our "Meet LPR" series is Shelby Tidwell, LPR's rock star intern. Shelby is a senior at Baylor University, where she is majoring in journalism, public relations and new media. We are thrilled to have her back after summer break! Name: Shelby Tidwell Joined LPR: Jan. 15, 2014 Clients: ConocoPhillips, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DeMarco Murray Foundation, McKinstry
1. As a PR student, what are the biggest opportunities you see for new PR professionals? One exciting thing about being a PR practitioner hopeful right now is we are up-to-date on the latest technology and social media trends, which makes us assets to the current job market. Combine that tech-savvy with excellent writing and people skills, and you’ve got a great potential employee.
2. Remind us of some of the LPR projects you worked on last spring. What were your highlights? I produced a promotional video for LPR that told the company’s story and introduced the team members. Also, I wrote some of my first pitches and news releases when I worked on the Urban Acres Farmstead grand opening.
3. You're a big sports fan, and even schooled the rest of the LPR team in our March Madness bracket. What's your favorite Texas team? I love, support, believe in, pray for and adamantly follow the Texas Rangers. I can admit they’re horrible right now.
4. What's the most memorable tweet you've ever received? I’m an iced tea fanatic. McAlister’s Deli has tweeted at me several times in response to my tweets about their delectable tea.
5. When you're not working at LPR, what else do you like to do? I enjoy spending time with my roommates, playing the piano, doing fun things with my boyfriend, antiquing, leading worship at my church and playing sand volleyball.
6. Why did you choose to come back for another year of internship fun at LPR? I wanted to further explore the world of agency PR. Doing an internship that involves class assignments limited me some. This year, I want to practice things and learn skills that I didn’t last semester.
When asked one word (or phrase) to describe Shelby, here’s what her LPR teammates said:
Persistent – “Shelby goes beyond the typical expectations of the intern level and pushes herself to achieve great results, even when that requires extra sweat equity. She takes a proactive approach to her work, always looking for opportunities to learn and grow.”
Loyal – "Shelby was offered some pretty cool internship opportunities this semester, but she decided to stay on with the LPR team for round two. We’re thrilled to have her!”
Charismatic - "She has a charismatic personality that fits well with our team. From day one, Shelby jumped right in and got the LPR culture."
Eager - "As a young professional, Shelby looks for ways to distinguish herself in our profession. She's always up for taking on new challenges and tackling projects that might initially be outside of her comfort zone."
This is the third installment of our "Meet LPR" series, where we give you an inside look at the Lewis Public Relations team. So, without further ado, we introduce to you... Christi Chesner, LPR's director of Account Service.
Last month we launched our blog series “Meet LPR” as a way for you to get to know the fun and talented professionals that make up our agency. Today’s post marks the second installment of our blog series and features LPR’s Director of Strategic Development Amanda Lewis Hill.
Name: Amanda Lewis Hill Joined LPR: September 23, 2013 Clients: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Methode Electronics – Data Solutions Group, McKinstry, ConocoPhillips
1) Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people might not know? I am a closet nerd. My husband, Erik, and I watch “Wheel of Fortune,” listen to NPR and keep a running spreadsheet of our financial progress and goals. Ok, so maybe that won’t surprise anyone…
2) What's the best PR advice you've ever received? The best advice I ever received was to make yourself indispensable. From the beginning, I asked a lot of questions and looked for ways to volunteer for bigger projects. It usually meant longer hours and new challenges, but my efforts were always noticed. Going that extra mile makes a difference – both to your teams and your clients.
3) List the three most interesting projects or campaigns you’ve worked on. Wow. As I think back, I’m proud to have the opportunity to work on great programs with fantastic teams. Some of my favorites include:
- A public outreach campaign for ConocoPhillips. We traveled the country with senior leaders to engage consumers in conversations about energy. It was a Silver Anvil-winning program. Very cool!
- Riding a horse while interviewing a Texas Farm Bureau leader. I was writing an article about a well-known and wonderful man of Texas agriculture, Joe Maley. Joe invited me to his Central Texas ranch and insisted I ride one of his horses. I loved telling the stories of Texas farmers and ranchers.
- Inaugural flight events for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Standing on the tarmac, with a giant 777 taxiing under a water cannon, is definitely one of my coolest experiences so far.
4) Where do you see yourself in 10 years? At the risk of sounding cliché, I really do hope to be right here a decade from now. Lewis Public Relations is growing, and I’m excited about where we’ll be in 10 years. By that time, though, I hope to have taken a really great vacation to Europe. I also hope my hair is still blonde.
5) Some might say PR is in your blood. What was it like growing up with exposure to the PR profession? It’s true. I wanted to earn respect as a PR professional on my own merit, but I feel very fortunate that Blake is both my dad and my greatest mentor.
Growing up, though, I knew that being in PR meant calls from clients (on our home phone!) in the middle of the night, events on weekends and late nights at the office preparing for a pitch. But we also got to do a lot of cool things. I remember going to a cycling race that EDS sponsored, special tickets to Dallas sporting events and cool family trips – likely thanks to frequent flier miles. Most of all, I knew my dad worked extremely hard but placed his family above everything else.
After I graduated, Blake never pressured me to join the family business and encouraged me to chart my own course. When the opportunity came to join the LPR team, though, I jumped at the chance.
6) Give us a look behind the scenes of LPR. What's one thing that makes us unique? We support each other. Whether it’s that someone needs extra hands for a client project or just a word of encouragement, we really care about each other and celebrate our individuality. I like that we’re a close-knit team.
When asked one word (or phrase) to describe Amanda, here’s what her LPR teammates said:
“Double Vision”– “Amanda has the skill to focus on long term objectives but is also able to clearly see the short term needs to achieve results.”
Superwoman – “As a director at LPR, chapter president for PRSA Central Texas, an adjunct professor at Baylor, a mom and a wife…she does it all and makes it look easy.”
Positive Attitude – “Amanda always has a great attitude even when things don’t go as planned. Her ability to take negative situation and spin it into a positive really pays off for the agency and our clients.”
Sharp - "Amanda is very strategic and always on the ball. Very rarely do you meet someone who can take a plan and deliver results as flawlessly as she can."