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Farewell To Quinn & Co

February 19th, 2010 — 04:28 pm

For the last five years, Quinn & Co. has been my professional home. Today marks my last day as part of this great company – and I can’t help feeling a little wistful as I prepare to say goodbye.

My Best Galpal: Caroline and me at Q&C's holiday party, December 2008

Working here has given me the opportunity to immerse myself in one of my great passions, travel, and to experience amazing parts of the world including South America, the Caribbean and my beloved Australia. And being part of Quinn & Co., a company that truly encourages and supports thinking outside of the box, allowed me to develop my creative side in a way that no other firm ever has.

Best of Show: Celebrating our HSMAI Award for best travel PR campaign worldwide with (from left) John, Florence and Vanessa, January 2007

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve worked at Quinn & Co. much longer than I have anywhere else, and that has as much to do with the people here as with the fulfillment that being in travel PR gave me.

Happy Holidays: Enjoying the season with (from left) Rachel, Marisa and Danielle, December 2007

This is a place that makes you feel truly valued and cared about as an individual, not just an employee. Not surprisingly, then, personal milestones are celebrated together.

An Affair To Remember: (from left) with Cristina and Morgan on her wedding day, August 2007

During my tenure here, I’ve shared in the joy of weddings and babies. More recently, I’ve seen the cycle begin again with six colleagues currently engaged (including two Quinnlings to each other!). That’s one of the best parts of a workplace feeling like a family – there are always new beginnings to rejoice in.

Two Of My Heroes: with Carla Caccavale Reynolds (the reason SGITC exists!) and Florence Quinn at the HSMAI Adrian Awards, February 2010

I’ve learned so much from Quinn & Co., but I think the greatest lesson of all has been to follow your bliss. Because of what I’ve experienced over the past five years, I feel ready to embrace the next chapter of my career. And I know that, wherever it takes me, my Q&C family will always be close to my heart.

2 comments » | career changes

Does Everything Really Happen For A Reason?

April 22nd, 2014 — 07:51 pm

It is often said that everything happens for a reason. When you’re navigating the unpredictable landscape of 40+ singlehood, this saying is more than a little hard to digest. But maybe there’s some truth to it after all—a comforting thought that occurs me to when I think about the winding road of my career.

Many moons ago, I started out in journalism. Temping as an administrative assistant for a division of Thomson Financial led to a permanent gig at one of their publications—and a reporter position eventually followed.

After making the leap to TV news (and doing small town stints in Maine, Illinois and Delaware), I took a break to get my master’s degree. One of my classmates worked for Fox News, and she secured me the interview that got me a job at the network.

When I was contemplating my next career reincarnation, I reached out to fellow journalism school alum and New York Travel Correspondent Valarie D’Elia. A freelance gig writing for her website TravelWithVal inspired me to go into travel PR. Val connected me with Quinn & Co., which became my professional home for more than five years.

It was during this time that I had the pleasure of working with PR maven Jennifer Maguire Coughlin, who was with the agency representing the Bahamas, where one of my resort clients was located. In 2012, Jen included me on an email blast she sent out that Starwood Hotels was looking for a Marketing Manager.

Jen and me at one of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)'s fantastic member events (September 2013)

Jen and me at one of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)’s fantastic member events (September 2013)

As I’ve said to Jen many times since, she was literally my fairy jobmother. I have the good fortune of working with her again because she provides PR support for the two hotels I work for. If that isn’t full circle serendipity, I don’t know what is.

When I look back at my career, all the circuitous turns that didn’t make sense then make perfect sense now. I’ve never been more fulfilled job wise and I feel like everything I’ve done has prepared me for what I do with my workday. Like I am right where I’m supposed to be in my career.

How nice to think it’s possible I will someday be able to say the same thing about my love life.

Comment » | being single in your forties, career changes, following your bliss, TV news

A New Professional Chapter

September 3rd, 2012 — 08:40 pm

This Labor Day has an extra special meaning for me — because I’m about to embark on an exciting new chapter in my professional life. Tomorrow, I will join Starwood Hotels and Resorts as Marketing Manager for the Westin New York Grand Central.

My new office: NYC's Westin Grand Central

I couldn’t be more excited about this amazing opportunity. The publicist in me is eager to get back to my hospitality PR roots. Promoting travel is what sparked my initial interest in public relations, and I’ve missed it over the last couple of years. I’ve also had the good fortune of representing a few Westin properties during my Quinn & Co. tenure, so I know from experience what a great brand it is to work for.

And, of course, there’s the allure of having a front row seat to the behind the scenes operations of a first class hotel in one of NYC’s marquis neighborhoods. The longtime traveler in me can’t wait to see — and be a part of — what makes Westin a global leader in hospitality. This is, after all, the brand that reinvented the hotel bed and made a heavenly night’s rest on the road possible.

Stay tuned for the inside scoop on my Westin adventures. In the meantime, heartfelt thanks to my friend, PR maven extraordinaire Jennifer Maguire Coughlin, for setting the wheels in motion that made this move possible. Jen reminded me that in both work and life, a woman has no better resource than her girlfriends.

Happy Labor Day all!

3 comments » | travel PR, Westin New York Grand Central

It’s All About Timing

March 22nd, 2011 — 11:38 am

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a writer’s conference in NYC’s Midtown. Along with introducing me to some amazingly smart, talented women, the event was a powerful reminder of how timing is everything – in love and in life.

Ladies Who Write: (clockwise from left) Raygan, me and Tanya enjoying a cocktail break from the conference

I bonded quickly with the ladies in my workshop group – including former newspaper and NASCAR reporter Raygan, and teacher-author Tanya. Sassy, smart and fun, they inspired me with their talents and tales of the road to finding love.

Raygan first met her husband when she interviewed him for a story. They hit it off and dated but eventually broke up. Years later, a platonic invitation from her to attend a NASCAR event led to sparks igniting once again. Nine months later, they were married.

The second time also proved to be the charm for Tanya and her boyfriend. They first connected when she was dating a buddy of his. After that ended and she grew disenchanted with the singles scene (I,e bachelors still living with their parents), she jokingly posted an application on her blog for potential suitors. Her ex’s friend filled it out and now they’re very much together.

Along with Tanya and Raygan’s stories, the conference itself served as a great example of how each chapter in life leads to the next. It turned the event was held at Ripley Grier Studios in Midtown, which happens to be located in the same building as Quinn & Co. Public Relations — my professional home for more than five years. My previous visit to Ripley Grier had been for an all-staff Q&C meeting about visioning.

Returning to the space, and running into a few of my favorite former colleagues along the way, made me feel like I’ve truly come full circle. It doesn’t get any better than that.

2 comments » | female bonding, Quinn and Company

Tuesday Double Header

May 26th, 2010 — 04:47 pm

Last night, for Chris’ final evening in NYC before returning to Cleveland, we met up with my dear friend Caroline.

At The Frying Pan: Caroline and me

Our first stop — the Frying Pan in Chelsea. Listed on the New York State and Federal Registers of Historic Places, the Frying Pan is a lightship docked at Pier 66 offering stunning views of the harbor.

We boarded just before sunset, and settled into a table on the upper deck. Over cocktails, Chris shared tales about his adventures with flying and race car driving while Caroline filled me in on what’s new at my former employer, Quinn & Co.

Next up, a low-key, delicious dinner at my favorite Upper East Side Irish pub, O’Flanagan’s. There, we enjoyed some laughs about New York City kitchens  rarely being used for cooking — and how Chris defied that several times during his visit by making some fantastic meals.

He may just have inspired me to use my little galley for more than just microwaving and takeout.

1 comment » | O'Flanagan's, The Frying Pan, Uncategorized, Upper East Side

A Memorable Night At The Adrian Awards

February 3rd, 2010 — 09:21 pm

Monday night, I joined my Quinn & Co. colleagues for the HSMAI Adrian Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars of hospitality marketing.

All Glammed Up: Dear friend & colleague Carla Caccavale Reynolds and me

Held at NYC’s Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the black tie event draws 1,000 people from the world of travel promotion. There was plenty to celebrate, as we garnered nine awards, including two for my work on Tourism Queensland’s blockbuster Best Job In The World campaign.

Golden Work: Me standing beside one of my award-winning entries

During the cocktail hour, while enjoying some wine and heavenly Artisanal cheeses, I chatted with co-worker Danielle about her upcoming fall nuptials and possible honeymoon destinations. Danielle is the antithesis of a bridezilla – I hope that I have her calm and cool attitude whenever my turn to walk down the aisle comes.

Renowned USA Today business travel writer and Hotel Check-In blogger Barbara De Lollis kicked off the two-hour awards ceremony, which recognized the crème de la crème of hospitality PR, advertising and web marketing. One of my personal favorites — a San Diego Zoo ad campaign featuring talking elephants.

Barbara De Lollis: A true travel pro and brilliant blogger

Dinner was exceptional. I’ve attended many functions over the years at the Marquis and can say this was one of the finest meals ever served there. Our delicious three-course dinner featured spinach salad with cambozola blue cheese, pears and wine vinaigrette, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin and a heavenly dessert foursome — baked chocolate chiboust, caramel slice, bittersweet chocolate sorbet and a chocolate mousse shot.

Best of Show: Me with my Q&C colleagues John Frazier and Florence Quinn, and Tourism Queensland’s Shana Pereira (holding the award)

The icing on the cake, so to speak, came at the night’s end when Best Job took home the night’s top honor, Best of Show. It doesn’t get any better than this, especially when you have wonderful colleagues to share it with.

Coming up…a defense of courtship rituals and a look at the question of whether to settle.

1 comment » | Adrian Awards, Best Job In The World, HSMAI, Marriott Marquis, Quinn and Company, Tourism Queensland

Girls Night In: Williamsburg

January 29th, 2010 — 05:51 pm

Wednesday night, my good friend Caroline and I headed out to Brooklyn for an evening of fun and fabulous food at our Quinn & Co. galpal Morgan’s abode.

Girls Night In: Caroline, me and Morgan

Nestled in the hipster hamlet of Williamsburg, the apartment that Morgan shares with France-born hubby Arthur is a perfect reflection of them — chic, inviting and warm.

One of the most well-matched, likeable couples you could ever hope to meet, Morgan and Arthur treated us and a handful of friends to a scrumptious homemade meal that included two kinds of quiche, chocolate pie and, bien sur, plenty of wine and cheese. It’s no accident that the French are renowned for their hospitality.

Joined by Morgan’s lovely galpals Prune and Judith, we toasted with a round of cosmos before settling in for the evening’s main event — a “Sex And The City” marathon.

Cheers: (from left to right) Judith, Morgan, Prune, me and Caroline

The men played cards as we curled up with season one of SATC which, outdated hair and fashion notwithstanding, holds up surprisingly well a decade later. Or maybe it’s just, now that I’m a mid-thirtysomething single, I relate to Carrie & Co. on a more visceral level than I used to.

Whatever the case may be, one thing’s for sure. Like a pitcher of cosmos, laughter and good food are infinitely more enjoyable when experienced with your girlfriends.

Comment » | Brooklyn, girls night in, Quinn and Company, SATC, Sex and The City, Williamsburg, workplace friends

Girls Night In: Williamsburg

January 29th, 2010 — 12:51 pm

Wednesday night, my good friend Caroline and I headed out to Brooklyn for an evening of fun and fabulous food at our Quinn & Co. galpal Morgan’s abode.

Girls Night In: Caroline, me and Morgan

Nestled in the hipster hamlet of Williamsburg, the apartment that Morgan shares with France-born hubby Arthur is a perfect reflection of them — chic, inviting and warm.

One of the most well-matched, likeable couples you could ever hope to meet, Morgan and Arthur treated us and a handful of friends to a scrumptious homemade meal that included two kinds of quiche, chocolate pie and, bien sur, plenty of wine and cheese. It’s no accident that the French are renowned for their hospitality.

Joined by Morgan’s lovely galpals Prune and Judith, we toasted with a round of cosmos before settling in for the evening’s main event — a “Sex And The City” marathon.

Cheers: (from left to right) Judith, Morgan, Prune, me and Caroline

The men played cards as we curled up with season one of SATC which, outdated hair and fashion notwithstanding, holds up surprisingly well a decade later. Or maybe it’s just, now that I’m a mid-thirtysomething single, I relate to Carrie & Co. on a more visceral level than I used to.

Whatever the case may be, one thing’s for sure. Like a pitcher of cosmos, laughter and good food are infinitely more enjoyable when experienced with your girlfriends.

Comment » | Brooklyn, girls night in, Quinn and Company, SATC, Sex and The City, Williamsburg, workplace friends

Weekend In Beantown

December 15th, 2009 — 02:11 am

This weekend, I headed to Boston for my friend and former Quinn & Co. colleague Cristina’s wedding.

At The Rehearsal Dinner: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Long Island-born Cristina, who has a personality and sense of humor as big as her heart, and Staten Island-bred Chris met six years ago in Beantown when he was in law school. Which is why the couple happily chose New England’s most charming city as the destination for their I Do’s.

The festivities kicked off with a lively rehearsal dinner at Union Oyster House, one of C&C’s favorite local haunts and a place long on both history – it’s a designated landmark and located on the Freedom Trail — and gracious hospitality.

In addition to meeting the bride and groom’s fun and friendly kin, I caught up with a handful of my current Q&C co-workers as well as our former business manager Annie.

During her lengthy tenure at Quinn & Co., Annie was very much the mother hen – someone you could always turn to for advice, and who you could trust to be the sole of discretion.

A few months after joining the company, I accidentally left my house keys at the office. Following a night with my then-boyfriend, I snuck in early and did the walk of shame to retrieve them, encountering Annie along the way. She smiled sweetly and didn’t say a word.

Annie filled me in about her newlywedded bliss at age 51. As I shared my recent dating ups and downs, she said something I’ve heard many times before — that love comes when you least expect it and aren’t looking for it.

The next day, before the wedding, I found myself standing beside a cute male guest.

“Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” I said with a smile.

“The bride’s,” he answered. “My wife is in the wedding party.”

Maybe Annie’s right.

Coming up…a wedding to remember and a look at unexpected 180-degree turns in romance.

Comment » | Boston, dating advice, marrying late in life, Quinn and Company, rehearsal dinners, Union Oyster House, weekend getaways

Weekend In Beantown

December 14th, 2009 — 09:11 pm

This weekend, I headed to Boston for my friend and former Quinn & Co. colleague Cristina’s wedding.

At The Rehearsal Dinner: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Long Island-born Cristina, who has a personality and sense of humor as big as her heart, and Staten Island-bred Chris met six years ago in Beantown when he was in law school. Which is why the couple happily chose New England’s most charming city as the destination for their I Do’s.

The festivities kicked off with a lively rehearsal dinner at Union Oyster House, one of C&C’s favorite local haunts and a place long on both history – it’s a designated landmark and located on the Freedom Trail — and gracious hospitality.

In addition to meeting the bride and groom’s fun and friendly kin, I caught up with a handful of my current Q&C co-workers as well as our former business manager Annie.

During her lengthy tenure at Quinn & Co., Annie was very much the mother hen – someone you could always turn to for advice, and who you could trust to be the sole of discretion.

A few months after joining the company, I accidentally left my house keys at the office. Following a night with my then-boyfriend, I snuck in early and did the walk of shame to retrieve them, encountering Annie along the way. She smiled sweetly and didn’t say a word.

Annie filled me in about her newlywedded bliss at age 51. As I shared my recent dating ups and downs, she said something I’ve heard many times before — that love comes when you least expect it and aren’t looking for it.

The next day, before the wedding, I found myself standing beside a cute male guest.

“Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” I said with a smile.

“The bride’s,” he answered. “My wife is in the wedding party.”

Maybe Annie’s right.

Coming up…a wedding to remember and a look at unexpected 180-degree turns in romance.

Comment » | Boston, dating advice, marrying late in life, Quinn and Company, rehearsal dinners, Union Oyster House, weekend getaways

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