by Yvan Quintero
Mentors can be everything. They teach you how to grow, make you aware of your potential and can serve as a guide through both your professional and personal journeys. However, when that mentor is your friend, it brings a new level of appreciation. It’s not every day you’re offered the opportunity to celebrate someone you value so dearly. So, for my debut on this blog, I’m proud to honor my good friend and now mentor Kacie Escobar, APR.
To the surprise of no one who has worked with Kacie, she was honored by UCF Alumni as a winner of the 2019 30 Under 30 award.
I had the privilege of knowing Kacie prior to joining Curley & Pynn. It was our friendship that piqued my interest in the firm and motivated me to apply. Our relationship goes back to when we walked the halls of the UCF Nicholson School of Communication together, trying to absorb as much as we could before entering the public relations industry. Even then, I was in awe of her professionalism, ambition and raw talent.
Always humble, Kacie was honored to be selected as one of the award recipients.
“As a student, I relied on my mentors to show me the way. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those professionals who took the time to guide me. They showed me compassion and patience when I needed it most,” she said, unaware she’d be quoted. “If I can offer that same support to someone who needs it, then I will. I was taught to pay it forward.”
At UCF, the faculty stresses that community is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for success. With everything she does to foster a culture of togetherness in our office, Kacie is making our alma mater proud.
Albeit, I’m biased. After seven years of friendship, how could I not be? So, don’t take my word for it. Here’s what the team had to say:
Kacie won’t know this blog is in the works until it’s published. (If she knew, she would probably do what she could to stop me.) But, hard work merits celebration. Cheers to you, Kacie!