Marie Lindley
35th Anniversary Q&A

Marie LindleyMarie Lindley
Print Advisor
Insite Printing
BVIABC Past President, 2013

“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.

–February 2016