October 3, 2012 By blogging

Meet the Team – Mary Paolantonio

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We’re so happy to welcome a new PR account executive to the team – Mary! She’s been here for two weeks and so far, we’ve gotten to know her and exactly what makes her tick. Read on to learn what exactly she’s doing in the gorgeous scene above.

Tell us a little about yourself

Hi! My name is Mary Paolantonio and I am the new Public Relations Account Executive for IPR! I just moved to Houston from Philadelphia, where I grew up, and attended the University of Delaware. I was a Marketing Manager for the sports and entertainment complex in Philly doing Marketing and PR for a little over two years before my move south. I am the middle of five children with three sisters and one brother.

What’s your favorite thing about public relations?

My favorite part of PR is seeing results- newspaper articles, TV hits, etc… and knowing that you are the one behind the camera that helped make it happen.

What is your favorite life event/accomplishment to date?

Personal favorite life event: When I was in college, I won a scholarship/grant to “do something I was passionate about” that was outside of my academic studies. I spent three weeks in the British Virgin Islands living on a catamaran tagging sea turtles, learning to sail, becoming SCUBA certified and learning about the marine life. It was one of the most amazing (and beautiful) experiences I’ve ever had.

Personal favorite life accomplishment (so far): I was fishing last year in Florida and caught a five-foot shark, by myself! It took me 40 minutes to reel him in and he ran twice.

What are you most looking forward to in the future?

I am most looking forward to not having to shovel out my car from the snow come wintertime. For the longer term, I’m looking forward to being successful and making my mark on Houston.

Who is your role model/inspiration?

My inspiration would be my dad- he is an extremely hard worker, a great networker, volunteers on township boards, is active in the community, and still is an awesome dad who is so much fun. I really value his advice and opinions!

What is one thing no one knows about you?

I am a very good discount shopper.

What’s on your desk?

On my desk I have three pictures- one of my family, one of me and my best friend and a group shot of my best friends (all in really cute frames); a cup of my sharpies/pens, a Vera Bradley post-it stack, a Lilly stack of loose note cards, my inspirational note card (with a Mark Twain quote) and my Flyers Tervis Tumbler. And, of course, folders and notepads for work.

In my free time you can find me ….

Catching some rays when the sun is out; Having outdoor adventures (biking, hiking, swimming, exploring); Shopping; DIY crafts!

Anything else you’d like to share with everyone?:

I love holidays, the beach, Philly sports and live music. I am competitive and talk/walk fast (a combination of being in a large family and from the Northeast). I don’t drink coffee (which is surprising if you’ve met me) but I love the smell of it. I love to travel, try new experiences and I hope to chase tornadoes one day!