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Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Bales

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Bales

NAME: Jeff Bales

COMPANY: 2:45Tech

TITLE: Director of Sales

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA: 2:45Tech, FacebookLinkedIn

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR PRESENT JOB?

I started working at 2:45Tech in May 2017.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND AMAK? 

I was told one of the requirements of my job was to join AMAK, so I joined in June 2017.

WHAT DO YOU DO AS A VOLUNTEER WITH AMAK?

I volunteered to assist with the annual AMAK conference in November. My role was small, but it was awesome to see how collaborative planning can lead to something special. Everyone on the conference committee did their part to make Wonder a fantastic event. I encourage anyone who missed it to make plans to attend the 2019 conference. There were numerous opportunities to learn from talented presenters, share ideas during roundtable discussions, and begin using these tips at our own businesses.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH AMAK?

I think it’s important to give back to any organization where I see value. It’s one thing to read the weekly emails and online resources, but that’s only part of what the AMA is all about. Attending the luncheons and special events allow me to network, learn from other professionals in the area, and implement new ideas right away. The speakers and food are worth the price of admission.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?

I love attending live sporting events as way to escape my day to day responsibilities while spending time with friends and family. There are so many storylines that happen through team sports that can be compared to our own journey in life. How well did the team prepare for the moment? How did they handle success or adversity? Did they meet their end of season goals? These are some of the same questions I use to evaluate my own job performance.

DO YOU READ, WATCH MOVIES, OR TV AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

It’s kinda funny, I can remember specific plays, stats, etc when it comes to sporting events years after it happened and can forget the plot of a movie 10 minutes after I watch it. The problem is I typically fall asleep if the movie doesn’t capture my attention within the first few minutes. That’s okay though, I probably need the sleep anyway.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jordyn Rector

Volunteer Spotlight: Jordyn Rector

NAME: Jordyn Rector

COMPANY: VIEO Design

TITLE: Business Development Representative

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA: VIEO DesignLinkedIn, VIEO Design InstagramKnox Vegan Instagram (a side project where I help with blogging and social media), Personal/Art Instagram

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR PRESENT JOB?

7 months.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND AMAK? 

About 5 months.

WHAT DO YOU DO AS A VOLUNTEER WITH AMAK?

I help Christine Smith (who heads up AMAK communications) with social media posting across Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. We work together to spread the word about AMAK events, marketing news and tips.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH AMAK?

It is great to work with the other people who are involved and to have the opportunity to learn from great marketers at monthly events.

WHAT HAVE YOU RECEIVED BACK FROM YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK WITH AMAK?

I have met some fantastic people in AMA who have become my friends and have introduced me to new opportunities.

WHAT DO YOU FIND IS THE BEST PART OF WORKING IN KNOXVILLE?

The best part of working in Knoxville is the tight knit community. If you’re not able to help someone directly, you can guarantee that you know someone who knows someone and the other best part of working in Knoxville is that everyone is so friendly.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?

I love painting watercolors in my free time. I have taken on commissioned work and love to work on projects for others, it makes the painting even more exciting.

DO YOU READ, WATCH MOVIES, OR TV AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

I do read and I love Tom Robbins. My favorite book is Jitterbug Perfume; It is a book about almost everything. 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna Wilt

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna Wilt

NAME: Anna Wilt

COMPANY: Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

TITLE: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA: knoxvillehabitat.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR PRESENT JOB?

I’ve been with Knoxville Habitat since April 2018.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND AMA KNOXVILLE? 

I attended my first AMAK luncheon, “Marketing to Millennials,” in the fall of 2016. I learned so much and had such a great time that I knew I wanted to stay involved. When a member of the leadership approached me about volunteering with AMA Knoxville, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for me to continue learning about marketing while also helping the association.

WHAT DO YOU DO AS A VOLUNTEER WITH AMA KNOXVILLE?

I write an event recap about the monthly luncheons that are later shared on AMA Knoxville’s social media channels. These event recaps are great for people who had to miss the luncheon or want to look back on what was discussed.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH AMA KNOXVILLE?

Working at Knoxville Habitat has taught me just how impactful it is to volunteer, in any way you can. It is so important to volunteer in a way that you enjoy, but also in ways that you can gain skills and experience. I enjoy writing, so this is a great way for me to use something I love to give back. It has also been a great way to work on my writing skills.

WHAT HAVE YOU RECEIVED BACK FROM YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK WITH AMA KNOXVILLE?

Volunteering with AMA Knoxville has been a great experience. Not only have I learned so much about the marketing industry through these luncheons, I have also met some great people! The AMA Knoxville luncheons are a fantastic way to meet and network with your peers.

WHAT DO YOU FIND IS THE BEST PART OF WORKING IN KNOXVILLE?

I moved to the Knoxville area about two years ago and I love the area. With Knoxville Habitat, we partner with many local businesses to build houses. It has been great to meet so many amazing people through these partnerships. I love the “volunteer” spirit of East Tennessee!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?

I love gardening, even though I was not born with a green thumb. I love to cook, especially for a group of friends or family. My husband and I often go on nature walks through Ijams or the Smokies. I also like to play video games on my Xbox – it’s a great stress reliever!

DO YOU READ, WATCH MOVIES, OR TV AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

I love to read. My favorite books of all time are Harry Potter, but I have recently started reading more nonfiction. I am a big fan of The Walking Dead, both the TV show and the comics.

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