Q&A with Account Manager, Amy Calo.
For the month of November, we had the pleasure of sitting down with account manager, Amy Calo, to learn more about her and get an inside look at her role at the agency. Keep reading to find out what she’s gained from working at Elevation, what she finds most rewarding about her role, and more!
What do you do in your role at Elevation?
I’m an Account Manager on a couple different clients, including Amazon. I’m the liaison between our internal Elevation teams and the clients that I work on. I work to push projects through the system and deliver the projects on time, within budget and based on the client’s needs.
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Amy.
My morning routine mainly consists of getting up around 5 a.m., or earlier if I plan on working out. During that time, I’m having warm water with lemon and listening to a podcast while I get ready for the day. In order to start my day off right, I usually have a green smoothie on my ride into work and stop at Starbucks for my morning coffee as well. I can’t start my day without it! I try to not check email or social media until I get into the office, because I like to keep my stress level down.
Once in the office, I check my email and respond to any client requests/needs and sip on my coffee throughout the morning. Every day is different depending on what projects are happening or any new requests that come in. My Account Director above me and I usually work hand-in-hand on any projects that come through, evaluating budget and making sure everything goes in to the team as well as to the client on time.
I tend to leave the office around 4:30 or 5 p.m. depending on the day. On my drive home, I listen to music or podcasts get me through the commute. Once home, I change out of my work clothes into something comfy and begin to cook dinner for myself and prep food for the next day. I like to follow a good life/work balance and try to not take home any situations with me from the office, because it doesn’t always make for a good environment at home. After dinner, I then relax and catch up on any TV shows I haven’t seen yet and prepare for bedtime.
What have you gained from working at Elevation?
I’ve gained a lot from working at Elevation — especially confidence in my role. Some of the other agencies I use to work at, I was afraid to speak up during meetings and felt like I didn’t matter. However, at Elevation, they’ve fully embraced my personality as well as my knowledge of my role. I’ve got to work on a different side of marketing since I’m use to the business to consumer role, whereas Elevation is business to business. It was definitely an adjustment at first, but Elevation made sure that I wouldn’t be drowning in the deep end when coming onto the team. They’ve welcomed me with open arms.
What do you find most rewarding about your role?
Probably seeing the finished product of a project or task that you’ve worked on and seeing it come to life. Also, knowing that the client approves your work and thinks highly of everything that was produced — there is no better feeling!
What would people never guess you do in your role?
In my role there are a lot of “hats” to wear — and people probably think that it’s just communicating with internal teams and clients. However, each task or project you’re given is different, and you need to look at it with a certain lens — whether that is a brand perspective, strategy perspective, etc.
How did you choose this career path?
I applied for an on-campus internship during my last year in college and thought I wanted to go into PR, but with my experience and personality the director said I’d be a better fit in Account Management. So, I just stuck with it and ran with it!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have a twin sister! She actually is the one who moved here with me.
If you could pick one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would probably pick to fly — that way I could travel anywhere and it wouldn’t cost anything! ?