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We have been very fortunate over the years to have had (still do) some great talent work with us here at the agency. And when it is time for someone to expand their experiences and move on to another opportunity, we do so with a little bit of sadness and a whole lot of pride.

I’ve always taken great pleasure in the successes of our team.  When one of them gets a significant media placement, I know how much work it took to get it and couldn’t be happier for them.  When I read about an award or promotion a former staff member receives, I smile knowing “I knew them when.”

I have stayed in touch with many of the HMA’ers over the years.  I had dinner and drinks with Virginia Anderson recently and the topic of conversation turned to her time here at the agency.

She jokingly “blamed” me for her still working in the PR business.  All kidding aside, she wanted to let me know that thanks to my mentorship and guidance she found her passion for PR and for agencies in particular.  And then she went on to ask me if I realized the number of people that I have impacted over the years?  That there were some great PR practitioners out there that at some point got a word of advice, a note of encouragement or a phone call that changed the way they thought about their career.

What?  Wow!

There is no better compliment than the one that says I helped someone.  And if that’s true, then I’m pretty lucky that my path has crossed with so many wonderful people over the years.

I have always been a proponent of mentoring and paying it forward.  There have been folks in my world that have done the same for me.

Thanks, Virginia, for reminding me of the importance of a kind word.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

5 Comments

  1. Hi Abbie,
    Way to go. One kind word and believing in someone can indeed make all of the difference in the world. A quiet way of paying it forward. I also remember the people who “took a chance” on me at various times in my life and am forever grateful to this day.
    Lead with a giving hand and the rest will take care of itself.
    Cheers,
    Denise

  2. Scott Hanson says:

    Mentors are valuable in many facets of life. I recall two, Kent Powell and Al Flitcraft, who helped me early in my football officiating career. It’s been 30 years, and I still thank them when I see them.

  3. Jenny Brooks says:

    You would think you would get all kinds of affirmation all the time, Abbie! Allow me to raise my hand and say that I am one of those people who had the benefit of spending a few of my formative years at HMA Public Relations. I would definitely not be the professional I am today if you hadn’t taken the time to give me an informational interview just because you know how hard it is to get out there for a new graduate and then later spend almost three years helping me become a confident practitioner. Thank you!

  4. Ken Jacobs says:

    Abbie,
    I’m not the least bit surprised that you’ve been a great, inspiring mentor, and to many!

  5. Tony Alba says:

    Very nice, Abbie. It’s great to hear that someone took the time to share their thoughts with you. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Tony

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