Employee Spotlight – Kristin Evans

Kristin Spotlight

Our Spotlight this month is on Kristin Evans. Kristin is the Marketing Manager at CU Engage.  Kristin has been with us for over four years and is paramount, not just to the marketing team, but to the entire CU Engage team. Kristin leads all aspects of marketing for CU Engage, from campaign strategy to sales enablement, from analytics to customer experience and growth of the company. She is profoundly passionate about her day-to-day and enjoys “nerding out” over new tools and new ideas.

Taco Tuesday, Anyone?

Kristin Evans Headshot

Kristin works out of our St. Petersburg office, and loves the eclectic St. Petersburg area she calls home. Since it is a great area for foodies, she loves to find new places to enjoy and share them with people (hint, hint!). She of course has her favorites too. She raves about the food and drink at Mercado, and if she could only have one meal for the rest of her life, it would surely, and to no disappointment to her, be Mexican food. Who can blame her, really?

Kristin is one of the hardest workers you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing, but she isn’t all work and no play. She is always down to escape to the mountains for some hiking and plunge pools, or kayak a spring, or hit the beach. If it involves water or nature, she’s all in.

As her personal brand statement says, Kristin is “Deeply curious and persistent to include, adapt, and make a difference.” Truer words, my friends, truer words. Read on to learn more about Kristin!

Kristin’s Fun Facts

Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam?                                                                                                              A: “This is how we do it” just came on in my head. But also, Santeria. But also, Regulate. But also, anything Selena.

Q: What is something funny that happened to you recently.                                                              A: This morning, my kid comes to me and says, “I want more milk.” and I wanted her to say please, so I thought I’d help her out by starting the word out, “puh…” … “puh….”. She gives it a think and finally says, “I want puh, puh, Milk.”

Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today?                                                          A: Inclusivity.

Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing?                                                        A: Usually somewhere between Reading and watching the Bachelor.

Q: First concert?                                                                                                                                            A: Joe Diffy. Mom’s favorite.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                            A: Empathy. Transparency. Trust. Bringing others with you.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at CU Engage?                                                                  A: Maybe it sounds cliché, but our people are hands down the best thing about this company. We have fun and we get the job done.

Q: What celebrity do people think you look like?                                                                                  A: I once had a regular tell me he used to work Winona’s cell block and I looked just like her. I still can’t tell if that was meant to be a compliment…

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?                                                                                                  A: We have a lot of great singers on this team, I am not one of them.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                      A: No outfits, books or toys come to mind really – most vivid memories when my brother took the lids off our trash bins and we used them as sleds, or when my friends and I found out what happens when we rolled over empty soda cans with the front wheel of our bikes.

Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                                    A: Most recently – Probably that Welch’s fruit snack that had dried white stuff on it that I tried to convince Vikki it was just sugar and so I ate it. It was not sugar.

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                  A: Nell would say I am organized, my wife would beg to differ.

Q: Do you have an office nickname?                                                                                                        A: Ha. I have a few. Only James is allowed to call me this – “Special K”. Then there’s “Silent K”, and just “K”.

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                                A: The Hate U Give

Q: What is your spirit animal?                                                                                                                    A: I want something funky like a flamingo, but an online test result would probably be more like a pigeon.

Q: Best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                                                  A: All-time favorite is my wedding weekend – we rented this amazing house in the mountains with all our friends and chosen family. Got married on the back deck. Went hiking, spent our mornings making breakfast together, exploring during the day, and coming back together for dinner and a sunset.

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: What filled the cup?

Q: Advice for new hires?                                                                                                                            A: Dive in. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to share ideas or ask “why”.

Q: What is one thing about you few people know?                                                                               A: I used to have a pet snake.

Q: What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                        A: The phrases my toddler picks up, “good-Ness!”, “oh, mommy”, “oh, ship!” Don’t know where she got that last one.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A:

  • Donate a chunk to support the amazing work at a local domestic violence shelter, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse).
  • Adopt a kid
  • Couple upgrades around the house.
  • Buy a little place in the mountains with a great view and rent it out on AirBnB or VRBO.
  • Invest some.
  • Save the rest.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                                A: Nothing groundbreaking here, chocolate fiend. Ana bears witness to it every Girl Scout Cookie season.