Before coming to Momentum Commerce, what was your experience in the eCommerce space?
I came out of school with a degree in music business so my first jobs out of school focused on music marketing for non-profits and festivals. There was a lot of moving from one short-term engagement to the next, and within a couple years I decided I needed my career to have more stability. That’s when I moved over to Merkle as an analyst on the Amazon and e-retail team. It was something I took to quickly, helping manage clients’ search and larger retail media buys across Amazon, Walmart, Target, and a variety of other marketplaces.
What made you want to make the jump to Momentum Commerce?
Strangely enough, it was almost the opposite of wanting stability. At a holding company agency there is not a lot of room for growth, and at the analyst level you do not have much say in how things get done. I wanted to help good people build a good company from scratch. Todd Bowman was actually the connection between my time at Merkle and Momentum Commerce. Todd must have given John my name, and he reached out to me. After talking with John I really got it, and I’m so glad I made the change.
How would you describe the journey so far?
It’s been a roller coaster – but a fulfilling roller coaster. I didn’t realize how many cool people are in this industry. The co-workers and clients have all been great people to work alongside. And over the last year, it’s pretty amazing being part of something growing from what Momentum Commerce was when I joined, to now. I’ve built some friendships along the way, and being recognized with a recent promotion felt incredibly gratifying.
What’s your favorite work memory?
I live in New York City, so the trip where a big contingent of folks came up to Manhattan is a definite highlight. You know they are great through the time we’ve spent on Zoom together but meeting everyone for the first time, all being in the same room, you really get a better feeling for who they are as people. On that same trip we golfed all together as a team, and it was a ton of fun.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Music is still a big part of my life. I’m always attending concerts and other music events. I only moved to New York City about a year ago, so I’m still exploring a bit more of the city. I also love rock climbing, and looking to get back into a local league for ultimate frisbee, which I played in college at UVA.
What’s a fact about you that might surprise some people?
I founded the Chocolate Milk Monday club in High School.