Employee Spotlight: Kristin

Each month we will be highlighting one of our amazing employees. We’ll ask them some work-related questions and also some not-so-work-related questions – hopefully, you’ll be able to see why we think we’ve got the best people around.

Today, our spotlight is on Kristin Rapp, our Sales Support Coordinator.

First, tell us  how long you’ve been at Motivation Excellence?
I’ve been at Motivation Excellence since March of 2014 – coming up on two years.

Before working at Motivation Excellence, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve ever had?
I graduated college and moved out to Seattle in 2009, when the economy was in a downturn.  It was difficult to find a job related to my major, Business Administration/Marketing, so I worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for almost a year.  I had to go through extensive training, but eventually took police, fire and medical emergency calls from the public.  It took serious multitasking skills – I had to process the information quickly, relay it to first responders, while thinking of the next question to ask.  It was a bit of an adrenaline rush.  Some days, it was fender benders and noise complaints.  Other days, it could be structure fires, CPR calls and bank robberies.  I would definitely consider the job both unusual and interesting.

IMG_2769How has Motivation Excellence helped you in your career development?
As a Salesforce.com Administrator, it’s very important to stay current on new features and capabilities.  Motivation Excellence has supported me by sending me conferences, training and user groups to help me stay up to date.  This year, I’m also starting to work on some marketing initiatives, which is exciting.

What do you enjoy most about working at MEI?
I really enjoy working with the people on the sales team.  It’s so much easier to get up in the morning and head to the office when you work with people who are fun to be around and appreciate your contributions.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? (here, or elsewhere)
1. Always take the opportunity to learn something new. You never want to stagnate and the new skill could come in handy someday.
2. It’s okay to make mistakes. If you can own up to your mistake and learn from it, it’s an opportunity to grow.
3. It’s important to work with good people. In the past, I’ve had experiences working closely with negative people on a daily basis.  It can really wear you down and is not worth it.

Favorite line from a movie?
“You’re killing me, Smalls.” (The Sandlot)

What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
During my senior year of college, I studied abroad for a semester.  Living in Verona, Italy for four months was definitely the best vacation I’ve ever been on.  It was so much fun being immersed in a different culture.  Through the program, I was also able to partake in some unique experiences like attending a wine fair in the Soave region, touring a cheese factory in Asiago and taking in-home cooking classes.  I also had plenty of time to explore different parts of Italy and Europe – taking side trips to Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, Lake Como, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Munich, Paris, Innsbruck, Dublin and Galway.  It was an experience to remember and my roommate also became one of my closest friends.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
If I could be anyone for a day, I’d be a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  JK Rowling did such an amazing job with the Harry Potter series; I would love to spend a day in that magical world.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would want to know how the pyramids were built.  After all this time, there are so many different theories, but there’s still so much unknown.  It would be so interesting to know what really happened.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza.  There are so many different types and toppings that it can feel like a new meal every time.

IMG_3919Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.
I come from a pretty large and close-knit family. I have three sisters, including a twin, and lots of close cousins.  In the past two years our family has done some growing; we have welcomed five babies, one of which is my son, who arrived this past August.  My husband James and I met in college and have been together ever since.  We love our babies – our five-month old son Daniel and our two-year old yellow lab Delilah.  They have both brought so much joy to our lives.  Outside of work, we love to travel, go out to restaurants and spend time with friends and family.

Favorite activities on your days off:
Most of the time, my little one keeps me pretty busy.  I love to read and have gotten into audiobooks, since they make it much easier to multi-task.  It’s fun to plan outings on days off – see a movie, go ice skating, take the baby to the zoo, etc.  But, I also enjoy relaxing – lounging on the couch with my dog while watching Netflix is always a favorite.

People would be surprised if they knew:
I played on the boys’ basketball team in 8th grade, since my school didn’t have a girls’ team.  I loved playing basketball since I was a little kid and spent a lot of time in the backyard playing with my dad and cousins.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Letters to Juliette – It’s definitely a cheesy chick flick, but it takes place in Verona, the town where I studied abroad, so I love it anyway.

What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list?
It’s not exactly crazy, but my cousin and I started going to baseball games in different cities – so I made it a goal to go to each one.  So far, I’ve been to nine out of thirty (Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals).  I have some work to do.

You’re happiest when:
I’m happiest when I’m spending time with my family.  I love watching my son grow and experience new things.

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