I am feeling a little strange right now, as I am commuting to work, but for the first time in almost 19 years, my destination is a new company. Today is my first day at fama PR, a boutique tech PR agency in Boston.
It’s a good kind of strange, however, the result of a change I’d been thinking about making for the better part of this year. I owe so much to Lois Paul and the great, smart group at Lois Paul and Partners. The close friends and family I’ve told about my move have reacted with a combination of “Wow!” and semi-admiration that I stayed with one company for so long.
That last sentiment speaks to why I love working at an agency. There is so much opportunity to do different things within the same gig. In my case, this has meant being able to do PR and social media for some of the biggest brands in tech and the B2B world, like Lotus/IBM, Sun, Kodak, UPS, Hitachi, JDA Software and Wells Fargo. At the same time, I get to work with smart, driven entrepreneurs at plenty of start ups in many different segments. I even get the opportunity to take risks by applying ever-changing digital PR and marketing practices to our craft.
While this variety of challenges is important, just as critical is working for an organization that values and rewards initiative, innovation and hard work. I had that at LPP and I’m proud of the impact I made there. My decision to move on was made for no other reason than the fact that my next challenge needed to come from making the same kind of impact with a new agency and team.
I’m thrilled to join fama PR. The agency has a great roster of clients and I’m looking forward to diving in on some new ones. I’ve already received a ton of e-mail from the team there about how excited they are to have me join. It’s located in the thriving Boston Seaport “Innovation District”, and I’ve gotten a first-hand taste of the culture that’s earned it “Best Place to Work” recognition for six straight years.
So, onward and upward!