by Karen Kacir
It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest team member, Yvan Quintero, who brings a wealth of knowledge in media relations, crisis communications, social media marketing and event coordination to his role as associate communications strategist.
Read my Q&A with Yvan, below, to learn more about his passion for PR and unique experience as a corps member in Teach for America.
What motivated you to pursue a career in public relations?
I have always been fascinated by people and driven to understand how they are impacted by the brands that surround them. Developing a brand’s story and experience has always excited me. The way I see it, if you have a mind and a passion for something, you should pursue it. There’s no other line of work that really allows me to impact people by sharing the unique stories of exciting brands.
What was your most memorable classroom experience during your time with Teach for America?
There was never a dull moment in the classrooms I served through Teach for America. If I had to pick just one experience to share, it would have to be the day my students hosted a “Quintero Roast.” They could only participate if their comments referenced a historical fact learned in my history class. It was a great way to have fun and test their retention of our lessons at the same time.
How would you describe your work style?
My work style could be considered “logically creative.” I thrive off creative energy, whether it be through storytelling, listening to music or envisioning strategic ways to grow brand awareness. However, there’s a very tactical side to me. I am very process-oriented and strongly believe that “the devil is in the details.” It makes me a bit of a perfectionist.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have two loves in my life. The first is my dog Chanel. The second is reality TV. On a day off, there’s nothing I love more than to binge watch reality TV while spending time with Chanel.
What is the one thing you can’t imagine living without?
Without a doubt, it’s air conditioning. I appreciate every moment of this creature comfort – especially in sunny Florida.