Get to Know Jane Kovacs and Michael Bogart, Our October Volunteers of the Month!

Jane Kovacs

Jane Kovacs

Public Relations Manager, 3M
Volunteer of the Month, October 2015

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

I grew up on the Texas coast… Rockport, Texas.

WHAT IS YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE?

I am the Happy Hour Chair.

WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB?

I joined 3M in March 2008. I manage product public relations for 3M’s Electronics and Energy Business Group which is headquartered in Austin, Texas. I also handle local media relations.

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE AMA?

A colleague recommended AMA to me as a great way to learn the “other half” of my PR job… the marketing half. I started attending luncheons. The rest is history. This has been a great way to better understand how public relations can support marketing.

NAME THREE OF YOUR MUST-READ BLOGS OR SITES FOR INDUSTRY NEWS:

Aside from www.ama.org?
http://www.prdaily.com
http://www.onthemedia.org
And one of my favorite podcasts is For Immediate Release: http://firpodcastnetwork.com/

YOU’VE GOT A FREE AFTERNOON IN AUSTIN. WHERE DO YOU GO?

If I feel like heading downtown… I head to Whole Foods on 6th for a snack or coffee to enjoy outside. If I want to stay closer to home, I take my bulldog, Mookie, for a walk.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD:

Energetic.

Connect with Jane on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Michael Bogart

Michael Bogart

Regional Consultant, Sprinklr
Volunteer of the Month, October 2015

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

OH…
Born in Cleveland, and moved to Columbus OH for college.
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WHAT IS YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE?

Always exciting to work with Jane Kovacs, Ann Taylor and Natalia Wieczorek to help organize happy hours / events. It’s a great opportunity to continually meet new marketers and share new ideas.

Also especially enjoy working with Kim Tidwell and Bana Jobe as a guest blogger, as this role allows me to interweave my passion for music and fascination with CX!

WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB?

Regional Consultant with Sprinklr.

Basically, this role entails connecting with brands in the south Texas region who are looking for solutions to help maximize customer experience (CX).

Gartner has boldly declared that 89% of all businesses will differentiate primarily on CX, and Sprinklr helps brands maximize this as a competitive advantage by connecting all social / digital touchpoints.

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE AMA?

In one word, networking!

As a newer marketing technology consultant, I was excited to meet as many local marketers as possible. Being a local chapter of a national organization has also been incredibly helpful.

WHAT (OR WHO) IS YOUR FAVORITE MARKETING BLOG OR THOUGHT LEADER?

Scott Brinker’s always evolving Marketing Technology Landscape is what inspired me to study Marketing SaaS.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’VE BEEN INSPIRED BY LATELY?

Stopped by Austin Guitar House the other weekend.

Their passion for music and high quality gear is evident and contagious.

Austin has some outstanding local luthiers and it is truly inspiring to see their work around town.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD:

Although ‘curiosity killed the cat’ I’ll go with curious as my one word and hope that I have most of my 9 lives left!

Connect with Michael on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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