VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: MAY 2016

Alessio Pavan has been one of our most dedicated volunteers at AMA Los Angeles educational programming and events for several years. He is one of the first people you see when you come to an event. Not only will you recognize him by his friendly and helpful demeanor, but you’ll also hear his wonderful Italian accent! Please join us in recognizing Alessio for all of his great work! Here’s a brief snapshot about Alessio:

Your name: Alessio Pavan

Your current role: Student at UCLA Extension

Your degree: Master’s degree in Literature, Certificate in Marketing

Your first job: Electronic Technician

Hometown: Verona, Italy

How long you’ve been an AMA Member: Since 2014

What do you love most about volunteering for AMA Los Angeles?
Meeting passionate people and high-level executives from trailblazing companies.

What is your best advice for local marketers?
Get involved in the community. I find networking, such as events organized by AMA Los Angeles much more effective in finding potential customers and partners than any other marketing technique. Plus you have the chance to meet amazing people!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself as a Digital Director of Marketing for a company that works in the entertainment industry.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Watching movies, reading, cooking and working out.

What do you stand for? Favorite quote?
Honesty, passion, respect. “It’s interesting to observe that almost all truly worthy men have simple manners, and that simple manners are almost always taken as a sign of little worth.” –Giacomo Leopardi.

Give a brief description about yourself:
I moved to Los Angeles 2 years ago, after graduating in Literature in Italy. Since then I earned a Certificate in Marketing at UCLA Extension and spent 1 year as an Innovation Desk Marketing Analyst at the Italian Trade Agency in the Promotion section of the Consulate General of Italy. Currently, I am back to school, perfecting my business and marketing skills under the California

What do you like the most about AMA Los Angeles?
Apart from the exciting events, I love how genuinely passionate the members of this community are, starting from the organizers. Plus, a glass of wine in a nice venue with friendly and knowledgeable people is hard to refuse.


VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: APRIL 2016

Minjie Wei Volunteer of the Month April 2016

Minjie has been one of the greeters at AMA Los Angeles educational programming and events for so long that she’s become the face of AMA Los Angeles! Here’s a brief snapshot about Minjie:

Your name: Minjie Wei

Your role: Student at University of Southern California

Your degree: Master of Communication Management (Marketing Track)

Your first job: Assistant at a PR firm

Hometown: China

How long you’ve been an AMA Member if applicable: 1.5 yrs

Also, give a brief description about yourself.
I’m currently a 2nd year graduate student in USC, majored in communication management. And yes I am looking for a job! After studying law for 5 years, in both the U.S. and China, I decided to switch my major out of my interest in marketing. So far I think it is a good decision, as I truly like what I am doing now.

What do you love most about volunteering for AMA Los Angeles?
Being a volunteer in AMA Los Angeles has been an amazing experience for me. As a graduate student who wants to be a marketing professional in the future, volunteering with AMA allows me to get involved in events in a different way from other members so that I can know more about the organization as well as the people who participate in it, including the board, members and speakers. These people are all very experienced professionals in the industry. Working with them also gives me valuable insights about marketing and my career.

What is your best advice for local marketers?
We should keep learning from different channels besides your day job. And AMA is one of the most helpful places in this industry to learn meanwhile networking and exploring more opportunities.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I want to be an entrepreneur after working a few years in marketing, especially market research and strategy.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Traveling. Unfortunately, because of schoolwork I can’t travel much now. Instead of traveling, I like exploring the city.

What do you stand for? Favorite quote? A nonprofit you support?
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Currently I am not supporting any nonprofits, but I am looking for one to in the near future.

What do you like the most about AMA Los Angeles?
I like everything about AMA Los Angeles, especially the people I meet at the events and during my volunteer work. They are so nice and willing to share their experience to others, which also makes AMA Los Angeles a more charming organization.


VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: MARCH 2016

David Lawless photo

David Lawless, our March 2016 Volunteer of the Month works with us on the Communications Committee, helping to produce our weekly emails, writing up captivating copy, and generally being an all around awesome and friendly volunteer to work with. David, thanks for your hard work every single week. Here’s a quick snapshot about David.

Your name: David Lawless

Your company: AMT Datasouth Corp and EQ2, LLC

Your title: Marketing Specialist

Your degree: Bachelor of Arts in Marketing – Michigan State University

Your first job: Marketing Intern – Detroit Pistons and Palace of Auburn Hills

Hometown: Grand Ledge, Michigan

How long you’ve been an AMA Member: AMA Los Angeles since 2015, before that with AMA Detroit for a couple of years

What do you love most about volunteering for AMA Los Angeles?
Learning new skills and working with great volunteers and board members to help AMA Los Angeles achieve its strategic vision. You bring something to the chapter and then you get something back that you can use in your professional life. Everybody brings their own unique expertise to the table and you can learn something from each of them.

What is your best advice for local marketers?
Network and never stop learning new skills. The first is important because you never know when the right contact might be able to help you with your next big marketing challenge and the second is critical because marketing is constantly changing so you need to stay on top of all of the trends and technologies as they come along in order to continue to make yourself more valuable to your marketing team.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope to be leading even larger marketing initiatives with solid strategy that adapts to a marketplace that is ever-changing. The pace of change is so fast now that it creates a continually fluid environment that marketers are operating in. Cognizant of this fact, I strive to keep myself and my team on top of it.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Hiking – especially in the mountains or by the ocean, and also kayaking. I published a book and ran an online blog in the past that featured creative writing, analytics, pop culture, and sports so I definitely like to keep the creative juices flowing even when not at work, but lately I’ve been focused on being outside and as active as possible.

Favorite quote?
Dwight Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing, planning is everything.” When he led the planning for the D-Day invasion of Europe in WWII, it was a complex mix of strategy, managing very ego-driven leaders from different cultures, and logistics. There were master plans and several contingency plans but as he points out, you don’t just stick to your plans unconditionally – you always have to be willing to evolve them based on changing conditions.

So much of what a Marketer does centers around projects that involve many of the same kinds of things. In marketing we’re always needing to stay on top of changing market conditions, new technologies, and trends.

Tell us about yourself:
I do all of the marketing functions for two businesses that produce software and hardware for many industries, but healthcare is my primary focus. What’s great about it is that I meet with the CEO daily to determine our marketing strategies. Day to day I could be found managing projects in areas as diverse as media communications, market research, product marketing, tradeshow management, website management (eq2llc.com), and building out systems and processes for our marketing functions.

What do you like the most about AMA Los Angeles?
Meeting great people and attending great events. At the networking/mixer events there are so many incredible people that represent literally every aspect of the field of marketing and the educational events are topnotch, hitting on numerous cutting-edge marketing trends.


VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY 2016

Anastasia

Anastasiia Demydenko has been working hard for the past couple of years at our events and she deserves some long overdue recognition. Anastasiia is one of the smiling faces you see at our event registration tables. Here’s a quick snapshot about Anastasiia:

Your name: Anastasiia Demydenko

Your company: Bonapick

Your title: Marketing & Product Manager

Your degree: Master’s Degree in Engineering and Automation

Your first job (marketing or otherwise): Flight attendant

Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine

How long you’ve been an AMA Member: 2 years; since February 2014

What do you love most about volunteering for AMA Los Angeles?
I love working with the AMA Los Angeles team. It feels like spending time with amazing friends that share your interests.

What is your best advice for local marketers?
Attend AMA Los Angeles events to find inspiration and new opportunities. Meet other marketers and learn best marketing practices.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself as one of the best Marketing & Product Managers in California, who helps companies reach their business goals and grow their companies.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy traveling around the US and visiting other countries.

Something people might not know about you?
I’m a vegan and a green technologies fan.

Give a brief description about yourself.
I moved to Los Angeles to study marketing at UCLA. I’ve done several internships; one of them landed me a job as a Marketing Coordinator at a digital marketing agency. Currently, I’m working as a Marketing & Product Manager at an e-commerce startup whose goal is to make online shopping more enjoyable.

What do you like the most about AMA Los Angeles?
AMA Los Angeles brings interesting people together!