What do you do at Merritt Group?
I work as an Account Coordinator for the Government practice group. My day-to-day tasks include managing client relationships, submitting customers and clients for awards and events, compiling media scans, developing thought leadership, strengthening core messaging and more. I work to provide support on ensuring deliverables reach the client in a timely manner.
What’s your greatest moment — whether in work, school or marketing/PR — so far?
My greatest moment in school would be when I was selected as one of 13 peer educators in my sophomore year out of 2,000+ people that went to my college. My job was to take the incoming freshmen under my wing, show them around campus and make sure they were acclimating well in their first year of college. It was a huge honor to be selected and represent our college, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mentorship opportunity.
What's your favorite piece of technology?
My favorite piece of technology has to be my Alexa. It’s integrated with almost everything in my room (speaker, TV, lights, etc.,) so I am able to tell her to turn on or turn off anything in my room. Every morning, my Alexa will wake me up with an alarm, and I will ask her for the weather, the news and sports scores from the previous night. I also enjoy listening to music a lot, so it is very convenient asking her to play country music on my speakers while I get ready. I’m a huge country music fan. I guess you could say that I am pretty dependent on my Alexa, so if the WiFi were to ever go out, I’d be unsure of where to access all this information so quickly and efficiently.
What’s the one gadget you think needs to be invented?
A universal car remote that allows you to open your doors or trunk with the click of a button, remote-start your car and more. Some of the luxury cars probably have some of these capabilities already, but I think it could come in handy for all cars if this was a possibility. The remote start would be especially handy because during the wintertime and summertime it’s nice to get into a car that is either already warmed up or cooled down.
What’s your favorite thing about living in the Washington, D.C., area?
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and there isn’t just one thing I can choose that is my favorite thing about living here. I love all of the museums that DC has to offer; some of my favorites include the Air and Space Museum, the Newseum, the Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and the National History Museum, just to name a few. I love the great memorials too, like the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial on top of historic sites like the White House and National Monument. I am a huge DC sports fan so I enjoy going to Nationals Park and Capital One Arena for the baseball, hockey and basketball games.
What do you love to do when you are not working?
I love watching sports and rooting for my favorite teams, especially the Washington Nationals and Capitals. I really enjoy being outside, going on hikes and runs, as well as playing basketball on outdoor courts. I played basketball my entire life, so I try to get out to the courts at least once a day to shoot around a little or run a few pickup games. Additionally, I love hanging out with my friends and exploring Washington, D.C. There is so much to do in the nation’s capital, so we try to get out and tour museums or monuments at least once or twice a month.
What's the best book you've read recently?
I started reading A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin because I was so enthralled with the TV show, Game of Thrones. I was upset when it ended and quite frankly with how it ended, so I began reading the books. I’ve already started to notice that there are different storylines in the book that go into greater depth about each of the characters, and I’m starting to think that I’ll like the book series more than the television series (which I didn’t think was possible). The books are giving me a sense of closure.
What's your favorite Merritt Group memory?
I’d have to go all the way back to my second day on the job. I got an email from a colleague saying something along the lines of, “Hey we need your help with something, can you meet at Jayson’s office in the afternoon?” So, being the ambitious person that I am and not wanting to say no to anything on the second day, I said of course! The afternoon rolls around and I meet over by Jayson’s office and my colleague is holding a patient gown and tells me that I need to change into it. So, I obliged. They let me know that I would be acting in a client demo video. I sat down in a chair and put on a virtual headset while a videographer told me to move my arms and lick my lips as if I were seeing something for the first time. These strange antics went on for about 30-45 minutes, and in the end, the team was able to put together a fantastic video for the client. All-in-all, I could tell on my second day that there would never be a dull moment working at Merritt Group.
What's one thing you can't live without?
One thing that I cannot live without would probably have to be television. I love watching the news and sports games, especially when my sports teams like the Nationals and Capitals are doing so well. I also really enjoy watching Netflix from time to time because they have a ton of great shows and know how to really draw me in.
What's the most interesting item on your desk?
The most interesting item at my desk would have to be the pencil that my coworker brought me back from her trip to Paris. Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot on my desk other than my laptop, desktop and caricatures of myself, but now I plan to decorate my desk a little more with pictures so that I have a better answer if I am ever asked this again.