What have been the challenges adjusting to life in Hong Kong?
So far, it’s been pretty easy and we really feel at home already. Living in NYC for the past eight years made the transition easier. I do miss stores like Target where you can find everything you could possibly need in one place. And, of course, the heat took some getting used to. But the city is amazing and we love it here.
Have you been enjoying your time here so far?
We are happy we made the move. Not only does the city have an amazing vibe. Best of all, the work here is really interesting due to our diversified client list. I am excited to work with a lot of different types of clients across a variety of industries. I like learning and being exposed to different ways of working and cultures.
What advice would you give anyone looking to relocate to Hong Kong?
Do your research before you arrive. Look into the types of apartments and possible neighborhoods where you can find the lifestyle you are looking for. Be ready for a lot of unexpected challenges and know that they are part of the journey and the adventure.
Text100 has offices all over the world, is there anywhere else you could you see yourself?
Almost anywhere.Text100 has a unique culture that spreads across every office. So no matter where you travel, if you walk into a Text office, you immediately feel at home. Two years ago, I never thought I would be working in Hong Kong, so I do really feel like the world is my oyster. I love to travel to different offices so no matter where I end up, I know I’ll love it.
Text100 is a huge global company, what are the benefits and challenges of working for such a large organization?
Once of the best things is that Text 100 offices are well connected, making it easy to share resources and knowledge across offices and regions to help better serve our clients. When relocating to a new office, it can be a challenge to tap into the resources initially. But, our regional leaders know absolutely everyone and we have internal resources to help find what we need – even if it’s sitting across the world.
You’ve been living in Hong Kong for about 6 months now, what are you favorite hot spots?
I’m a caffeine addict so I love the nitro cold brew from Cupping Room – it gives you the jolt you need for the day. After work, I like to grab drinks with friends at Stazione Novella in SoHo or Ping Pong in Sai Ying Pun.
What’s your biggest career achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is being selected to help lead the HK office and take on a Greater China role. I am also very proud of being chosen to receive the 2014 PR News Rising Star Award in North America.
What are the top criteria you search for in potential candidates?
When I screen candidates, I look for entrepreneurial spirit, the person’s ability to fit into the Text culture, and for a person who is passionate about what we do. A person’s skillset and background is important, but if he or she passionate about learning new things and creating great content, it helps sets them apart from the crowd.
If you could share one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never stop learning and growing. No matter what your role or how high you go in an organization, there’s always room to grow and learn from your clients and peers.