35th Anniversary Q&A
“I have made friendships and formed professional relationships that have lasted years. And, it’s the people that have made me want to continue to be a member locally.” –Marie Lindley
Question: When and why did you join or start participating in IABC? How did you become involved in the local chapter?
Answer: I joined IABC in May 2008. I had just started at Insite Printing, and Kyle [DeWitt, Managing Partner] wanted me to take over his membership so that I could have a chance to meet and interact with some of our customers.
Q: Have you held a leadership position with BVIABC? If so, which one(s)?
A: Yes! Hospitality Committee Member, Programs Committee Member, Programs Committee Chair, President, and now VP Finance.
Q: Please share any stories or comments about your service to our chapter. Was it a positive experience? Do you feel it has helped your career? Would you recommend it to others?
A: Yes, being involved on the board has mostly been a positive experience. I learned how to organize and coordinate events, and that I had to come out of my shell and stop hiding in the corner and talk to people. So, I would say that it has helped me both professionally and personally. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Q: Why IABC? What is it about IABC that has kept you a member?
A: The people. It was a safe place for me to learn to interact socially, and the people in the group were always kind and understanding when I wasn’t so great at it. I have made friendships and formed professional relationships that have lasted years. And, it’s the people that have made me want to continue to be a member locally.
Q: What’s the one thing you’d change about IABC if you could?
A: More involvement and support from IABC HQ. As a small chapter, we really need the support, and I think our members would benefit from learning more about all that IABC has to offer beyond our local chapter.
Q: Would you share what your job is and why you love what you do? What draws you to communication as a profession?
A: I’m a Print Advisor. I love what I do because I get to help people be creative and communicate through print. And, I get to work with new projects each day. The print process is always evolving, so I get to learn new techniques all the time. I also love color, so there’s that as well.
Q: What is one thing that you wish you’d known when you were starting out in your career?
A: That your relationships with people are important—not just for everyday professional interaction, but also as mentors and people that you can go for advice when you need it.