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Q&A With Merritt Group-er: Get to Know Sean O'Leary

1. What do you do at Merritt Group?

thumbnail.jpgI am an Account Supervisor in the Government Practice, managing client relationships and ensuring they get the media attention they deserve.

2. What’s your greatest moment – whether in work, school or PR – so far?

In 2007, I was working for the Hartford Business Journal when I broke the news that a local business leader was trying to bring a Major League Soccer team to Hartford. However, the move was blocked by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. For those that don’t know, Kraft infamously got his new stadium in the 1990s through taxpayer funding after threatening to move the team to Hartford. My mother still hates Robert Kraft for that.

The story caused a huge storm locally. It was the first time in my journalism career that I became the story and was interviewed on local radio and TV stations about the news. I enjoyed the attention.

3. What's your favorite piece of technology? 

My television. Everyone wants to cut the cord, but I love sports. I’m not sure what I would do if I couldn’t watch sports to decompress and relax.

4. What’s the one gadget you think needs to be invented?

Hoverbikes.

5. What’s your favorite thing about living in the Washington, D.C. area?

The variety of what you can do in D.C. I am incredibly spoiled because I live downtown by the Verizon Center, which is across the street from the Shakespeare Theatre Company and National Portrait Gallery. Should I see a play? View timeless art? Or watch the Caps lose a playoff game?

My second favorite thing is that the whole city shuts down for an inch of snow. I like that approach to winter weather.

6. What do you love to do when you are not working?

I love to be outside when the sun’s out, whether that’s playing golf, hanging out with friends, going for a run or lounging by the pool. The exception is in the winter, when the exact opposite is true and I don’t want to leave the comfort of my couch.

7. What's the best book you've read recently?

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

8. What's one thing you can't live without?

Coffee.

9. What's the most interesting item on your desk?

Papers. Everyone likes to make fun of my filing system, which looks like a giant mess of papers to the untrained eye.

 

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