Hello InsightsOUT blog readers! My name is Mari Feazel (pronounced like Mary fuh-ZELL), and I want you to know that love PR. LOVE it! Public relations has served as the driving force and inspiration in my life and a hard-won education over the past four years. And as the newest member of the HKA staff, I can say without hesitation that I am truly, truly living my dream. But for a time, it looked like that would not come to pass.
Upon graduating with my B.A. in public relations from Chapman University in December 2008, all I could think was that it was some pretty bad timing on my part to be born in 1986 and entering the job market 23 years later in an economy that some might say is catastrophic. But because of the tremendous faith in me by Hilary Kaye, I now have the incredible honor of being able to call myself a part of the HKA team.
And quite a team it is. Hilary had flowers waiting for me on my desk on my very first day (still clinging to life, btw), and the rest of my new co-workers have followed suit by welcoming me with open arms. I am so privileged to be able to work alongside and learn from these exceptional minds.
My time here so far has been filled with Girl Scout cookies, Facebook fan pages, Twitter, blogs, and getting to know a whole flock of cats. And I LOVE it. I was so fortunate to find a major in school that absolutely held my passion, and to be chosen by a PR firm of the highest caliber to allow me to exercise that passion.
So thank you to Hilary AND her associates for making ME an associate. You’ve given me a great gift that I hope to be able to repay, and I look forward to associating with you all.