Thursday, May 14, 2009

life in the fast lane

Since I've started working in Marketing, I've come to realize that there's so such thing as a 40-hour work week in this field. I am the Marketing Specialist for a credit union based in Southeast Alabama. I call myself "head of the creative department" (just don't tell my boss... haha) as well because I create and design about 80% of all advertisements we do. I mainly do print and radio ads and try to help with our website occasionally (thankfully, we have a wonderful web master to do all the things I can't!). We have a total of 18 branches throughout Southeast Alabama, the Mobile Bay area and Northwest Florida... which means, LOTS of community events and PR work! I love that aspect of my job, however, I don't love that all the events happen to fall on weekends. I know a lot of people work a lot more than I do (so kudos to those that do), but I feel like I haven't had a weekend off in forever! Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to a weekend with no credit union activities! But for fun, here's what I've been up to lately...

AER Golf Tournament: Each year we host a golf tournament to benefit Army Emergency Relief. AER is a wonderful organization that provides financial support for soldiers (active duty, retired & National Guard) and their families. Usually, our golf tourny is one of their biggest fundraisers, so we work really hard to make sure they have a good turn-out.

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk: We were a sponsor at the benefit walks in Dothan and Mobile this year. Kirby the Kangaroo, our mascot for our kids' savings program, went to both walks to play with the kids who were there. In this picture, Kirby got to pose with the antebellum girls in Mobile. Bless the people who had to be "Kirby" because it certainly was hot!

Troy Fest: Kirby has certainly been a busy kangaroo lately. He did the impossible and was two places at once since one of the CF Walks was the same weekend as Troy Fest. Each year in Troy, the city puts on an art festival to showcase local artists and vendors. It's a great event and a lot of fun. This year, our credit union was a presenting sponsor and the sponsor of a 'scrap exchange' program. Kirby and the crew from the scrap exchange not only set up shop at Troy Fest, but also went to area schools the days before Troy Fest to talk about recycling.

Annual Car, Truck and Boat Sale: This year was our 25th Annual Car, Truck and Boat sale in Daleville. My weekend was spent at the car lot making sure dealers & customers were happy, shuffling radio remotes and who interviews when and making sure the employees had the supplies/info they needed. Thankfully, my good friend Ben aka Captain Credit Union was on hand to answer any tough/real banking questions. My excuse is still "I'm new. I don't know the answer to that," anytime someone asks a hard question, so he was there to jump in and put me to shame. :)

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