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We Are ProQuest: What We’re Thankful For

 

Happy Thanksgiving from the ProQuest Team

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, turkey-induced comas, long weekends, and of course, a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the past year. For this edition of our We Are ProQuest feature, our editors share what they’re grateful for this holiday season.

“I’m thankful for my family (which includes my pets), my friends, my job and my co-workers, my house and the community I live in, and most of all my health, which allows me to enjoy all of the other blessings I have. In October, I celebrated 10 years as a breast cancer survivor!”—Becky Beville

“I’m thankful for my family.”–Michelle Brault

“I’m thankful for having incredible friends and family. I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunities I have at work. And I’m also thankful for all the Black Friday deals I will be taking advantage of this year.”–Kim Carpenter

“I am thankful for wonderful family and friends and the Florida sunshine.”–Ilana Cohen

“Although I may not have everything I want, I have everything I need, and for that, I am grateful.”–Jennifer Genetti

“I am thankful for my wonderful husband and my two beautiful children, who surprise me with how much they learn every day. And I am thankful for my loving parents and my brother who are all such wonderful people.”—Jennifer Oms

“I’m grateful for many blessings–my home, job, health, coworkers, friends, and family. I’m especially grateful for my Mom who just moved near me after 20 years of being in separate states.”—Christie Riegelhaupt

“I am thankful for friends who have been like family, an amazing first year in Boca Raton with the best team, gorgeous weather, and the ever-lovely cortadito.”—Juliana Rorbeck

“I’m thankful for my family and friends, especially that they are all healthy.”—Jaclyn Rosansky

“I am thankful for weekends at the beach with my dogs, Loki and Scooby.”—Amy Shaw

“I am grateful for every day that I can see and feel the love and positivity in the world, and for each day that I am hopeful and happy. (I’m working toward being grateful for the days I am not those things.) I am thankful every day for my daughter, and for her wisdom and compassion. She certainly helps me in the hopefulness and happiness departments.”—Michelle Sneiderman

“I’m thankful for good health, a growing family (more grandchildren!!!) and beautiful Florida weather. I am also extremely thankful for a Chicago Cubs World Series Championship!”—Kathy Starzyk

“I am thankful for good health, good people, good food, good books, and good days.”—Jeff Wyman

What are you thankful for? Share with us! Comment below or tweet us using #ProQuest.

We Are ProQuest: Tom Mason

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet Editor Tom Mason!

Tom Mason
eLibrary Editor, Louisville, KY

Tell me a little about your life and work history before coming to ProQuest.

I grew up in a small town in southern Kentucky. I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Mass Communications degree and a minor in Economics. I worked on a farm. I was in the U.S. Navy for a while. I worked as a photographer’s assistant, and I worked at a large bakery for about a year.

How did you come to work at ProQuest?

I was looking for a way in which to use my degree. I knew a bit about Data Courier, so I applied.  (Note: When I began my career in 1991, the office in Louisville was called UMI/Data Courier.  In 2001, the name changed to ProQuest.) My first job was as a Copy Editor working on the ABI product. I then became an Editor. Then an Editorial Coordinator, and now I work as an editor in eLibrary.

What is your current position, and what are some of your job responsibilities?

As an Editor in eLibrary, I create and edit Research Topics; I correlate topics to state educational standards and Common Core standards; and I add files and help maintain our Topic Tree. I write blogs occasionally. I also help maintain the History Study Center product.

What do you most enjoy about your work?

The great people I work with. I also enjoy the research I do on an almost daily basis. I research a wide range of topics, which I find very interesting.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I like to read. I very much enjoy throwing baseball, and I have a large baseball card collection. I do a lot of walking. I have two cats that I somewhat enjoy.

What might others be surprised to learn about you?

I have been through the Panama Canal (Hot!) and the Straits of Magellan (Cold!).

We Are ProQuest: Patty Morrison

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet Account Manager Patty Morrison!

Tell me a little about your life and work history before coming to ProQuest.

Patty Morrison, Account Executive (Credit: Amy Shaw)

Patty Morrison, Account Executive
(Credit: Amy Shaw)

I grew up about five miles outside of Pittsburgh, PA, in a town called Bethel Park. And I am a DIE HARD Penguins Fan.  But I’ve called South Florida home for close to 20 years now. I’ve spent most of those 20 years in sales!  I also coached high school and college softball locally for the better part of the first decade here as well. I played softball at Robert Morris College and Bloomsburg University in PA, so it was an easy transition to make into coaching once my playing days were over. My work career has been pretty fun. I worked for a dental implant company to start, then worked my way into software and technology sales after that.

How did you come to work at ProQuest?

I used to work directly across the street from ProQuest at my last job at a tech company. This area in Boca Raton is kind of like a mini-Silicon Valley. So I was aware that there were other companies that might fit the profile for what I was looking to do next. When my boss at my last job left for a startup, I started looking and applied for a sales opening at ProQuest. I met some of the team members that were already working here on an interview and definitely liked the atmosphere.

What is your current position, and what are some of your job responsibilities?

I’m an inside account manager for K-12 schools and college prep academies.  I currently cover Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Kansas. On a typical day, I speak to customers regarding anything from how they’re using their databases to helping them with their renewals or tech problems they may be having. The most exciting part is introducing them to new products like ProQuest Research Companion that fit perfectly within their curriculum needs.

What do you most enjoy about your work?

The people I work with. From my boss to my team members to my peeps in editorial, we really are a close and crazy crew.  Everyone always has a smile and a “Hi.” I’ve never had a boss like Matt [Stawicki] that is always willing to help or team members and co-workers that go the extra mile when you ask a question.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I live on the Intracoastal and can see the water from my place. So needless to say, I’m either at the beach or in the water on most weekends. I love to snorkel, boogie board and surf when there are waves. Most recently I took my first lessons in SUP (stand up paddle boarding) and am stoked to go again.

What might others be surprised to learn about you?

That I LOVE the color pink. In fact [co-workers] John [Martinez] and Allen [Ziemke] were just giving me a hard time this morning that my watch matched my shirt. [Laughs]

We Are ProQuest: Amy Shaw

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet ProQuest Editor Amy Shaw.

What are some of your job responsibilities?

I am an Editor II in the Boca Raton, Florida, office for ProQuest’s Content Operations–Student Publishing, where I work on two products in the K-12 arena: SIRS Issues Researcher and eLibrary.

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Amy Shaw (left) and Sales Rep. Patty Morrison look at their scores for a ProQuest Vitality exercise challenge held in the Boca Raton office in 2012.
(Credit: Christie Riegelhaupt)

My eLibrary work involves co-leading the Social Studies Team with Jim Zelli to create and maintain the Research Topic pages. Our team is a virtual team as we work out of different locations in Florida and Kentucky. (My co-lead, Jim, works out of the Louisville office.)

On the SIRS Issues Researcher side, I work with many other editors to create and maintain new Leading Issues. I oversee the issues in the following areas: civil rights and liberties; economics, business and law; and society and world politics.

What I love about creating these products are the interaction we have with our customers. Many of our new Research Topics and Leading Issues were created based on customer input from media specialists and teachers.

What do you like most about working at ProQuest?

I like ProQuest because there is no excuse to be bored working here. ProQuest is always challenging its employees to take risks, innovate and build new skills.

One way ProQuest helps employees build new skills is by providing training and development tools. For example, they offer unlimited access to an online library of training material to help anyone learn software, design and business skills. They also offer an Employee Education Assistance program that reimburses employees for tuition, lab, course registration fees and textbooks at accredited colleges, universities or technical schools.

And here is another reason I like about working at ProQuest: its culture. I read an article today about how this one major company was run into the ground because its CEO pitted employees against each other and in so doing created a culture of fear and mistrust. ProQuest is the exact opposite of this. One of the things that I enjoy here is that the atmosphere is conducive to collaboration and sharing of ideas and skills.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Every weekend, I look forward to taking sunrise beach walks with a few dear friends of mine. We walk about six miles, and then have a delicious breakfast.

I also enjoy reading anything and everything by Neil Gaiman and China Mieville and watching sci fi marathons (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Japanese monster movies), especially if there is homemade pizza involved, and most especially if it involves the kind one of my friends makes with pineapple and hot peppers.

And I like supporting my friends in music and arts by going to their plays, art exhibits and concerts.

If Only My Tree Had Legs

If Only My Tree Had Legs
By Amy Shaw

You are a published children’s book writer.  What have you published and are you working on any projects now?

I’ve published 10 talking picture books, including Who Wants to Be Friends with a Cactopus?, Moperella, and If Only My Tree Had Legs, through MeeGenius. And, currently I am collaborating on two projects: one is an early reader story with a former colleague who now lives in another state and another is a fantasy novel with a friend who lives in another country.

Tell me more about your transnational collaboration.

Last fall, I made a friend online who is currently living in Bucharest, Romania, and we are now collaborating on a novel. As he doesn’t know English well, he has to translate everything I send him into Romanian–using Google translate–before adding his parts, retranslating it back into English and sending it back to me. He does all of this on an old iPad, which–with the small keyboard–is almost as difficult as trying to type it into a phone. Because he is coming at the story from an actor’s perspective, he brings authenticity to the characters’ dialog and emotions and makes the action scenes pop.  The whole experience has been incredible–and full of challenges–for both of us, and we have become very close friends. Once we finish our novel, we are thinking of writing a story about the process we went through in creating our story.

And now, since he is helping me make my dream come true as a novelist, I want to help him make his dream come true as an actor. He is in the process of putting a play together in Bucharest, and I want to try to find sponsors for it, which is something I’ve never tried to do before. My friend and I also want to try to help with rescuing some of the estimated 60,000 stray dogs that roam Bucharest. So, if we can combine both things–the play and rescuing dogs–that would be awesome.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

If I could live anywhere, it would be Hampstead Village in London, England, because of its artistic, musical and literary associations. Authors who made their home in Hampstead include notables such as A.A. Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh), T.S. Eliot and George Orwell.  I would take a dip in the swimming ponds in the ancient parkland of Hampstead Heath, watch groundbreaking plays at the Hampstead Theatre and pay a visit to nearby Highgate Cemetery, where my all-time favorite author, Douglas Adams, of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is buried.

We Are ProQuest: Jeff Wyman

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet ProQuest Editor Jeff Wyman.

Joining ProQuest in March 2013, Jeff brings a different perspective to the Boca Raton editorial team. He works on everything from SIRS Issues Researcher, WebSelect and eLibrary to writing for the “Share This” blog and conducting market research. Moving to Florida in 2010 from New England, he misses cool air, cloudy skies, and snow, reiterating inclement weather is his favorite.  What else does he miss? His family and New England’s authentic fried seafood, particularly fried clams.

Jeff Wyman -- Photo credit: ProQuest Editor Jaclyn Rosansky

Jeff Wyman
Photo credit: ProQuest Editor Jaclyn Rosansky

How did you come to work at ProQuest?

It was one of life’s kismet moments. I had no immediate intention of leaving my last job, but I came across an ad online for this position.  The job description matched my personal and professional interests perfectly.

What is your educational/professional background?

I have a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from UMASS-Lowell.  I am a humanities junkie, and this degree afforded me flexibility to create my own curriculum without committing to one subject.  I have a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Rivier College, a small liberal arts college in Nashua, New Hampshire.  This degree helped me hone my critical thinking and writing skills.

Before this job, I spent most of my working life in health care, specifically pharmacy.  I was a pharmacy technician and a biller.  I was never passionate about health care, but the field offered flexible hours, decent pay, and forced me to work the science and math part of my brain.  Most importantly, it afforded me the ability to pay for college.

What do you like most about working at ProQuest?

This job has blurred the lines between my personal and professional life.  Time at work often doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy what I do so much.  And much of what I read on my personal time informs my work.  My personal interests and my professional life complement one another.

Do you have any unique skills you would like to share?

I have laser sharp focus, which I guess can be considered a skill!  I can work on a task for hours straight and completely lose myself in my work.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Reading, writing, running, drinking coffee, and experiencing nature.

If you weren’t working at ProQuest, what would be your dream job?

My dream job would be to make a living off of my poetry.  I’d buy a mini house in the woods and work there.  I’d read, write, guzzle coffee, pace, take long walks, and nap–but not necessarily in that order!  Oh, and I’d probably go back to school.

What changes do you foresee for the future of education and technology?

There is a lot of talk about more technology in the classroom, but I am interested in how technology and education can bridge more organically.  Simply introducing technology into the classroom without any plan or forethought has proven ineffective.  We need to apply technology in the classroom meaningfully.  I look forward to the days when technology and education are no longer discussed as two separate entities.  Technology is a tool just like pencils and textbooks were when I was in school.  Education is a philosophy.  But change is often slow and painful and always easier said than done.

What is your proudest accomplishment outside of work?

Going to college has always been a huge source of pride for me.  I stumbled when I initially went to college because I felt like I had to go, so I ended up quitting.  Once I got to a place in my life where I wanted to go, everything changed.  College has added so much meaning and depth to my life.  For one, I discovered and nurtured my poetic voice in college.  It was difficult work, but it was also the best thing I have ever done for myself personally.  There’s a lot of focus on college as career training, and that is important.  But we also need to find meaning in what we do.  If I approached college as simply a stepping stone to a good job and high pay, I would have never finished my degree.

We Are ProQuest: Jennifer Genetti

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet ProQuest Editor Jennifer Genetti.

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Jen Genetti with her medal after running the quarter marathon at the Live Ultimate Run on South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida (December 14, 2013).

Jen works on several ProQuest products, with a focus on SIRS Researcher and eLibrary. As an Editor II in Boca Raton, she works with a team of editors in that location as well as in Louisville, Kentucky, and Provo, Utah. In addition to her role as editor, she is also involved in our company’s Vitality wellness program. Vitality helps employees improve or maintain their health by providing knowledge, tools and rewards to help them achieve their health goals. Jennifer serves as one of two Vitality Champs for our Boca Raton office. I caught up with Jen to find out more about her role as a Vitality Champ and what motivated her to become involved in the wellness program.

Tell me more about your role and responsibilities as Vitality Champ?

As a Vitality Champ, I help promote the wellness program. Along with my co-Vitality Champ, I’ll organize events like the Walking Club and the Fitness Challenge which reward members for participation.  I’m also available to answer any questions that employees may have about the program or how to raise their status in the program.

Why did you become a Vitality Champ?

Over the years, I’ve developed a strong interest in living a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising. My hope was that by becoming a Vitality Champ, I could motivate and encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle too.

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Editors Jeff Wyman and Jaclyn Rosansky participating in the Walking Club.

You and your co-Vitality Champ have helped coordinate so many health and wellness activities and events in our Boca Raton office, ranging from the ongoing Walking Club to CPR training. What were some of your favorites so far?

The Fitness challenge was pretty fun. Over the course of 30 days, we challenged employees to work out and whoever logged the most minutes or miles in that time period was declared the winner. Everyone’s competitive spirit came out, and it was quite a battle there at the finish. 

I was also very glad we were able to conduct onsite CPR training, because the training can literally save someone’s life one day.

What types of health and wellness activities do you like to do outside of work?

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Jennifer Genetti crossing the finish line in the Motion for the Ocean 5k at John U. Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, Florida (April 14, 2013).

I do various fitness activities to switch things up and keep myself interested. I usually weight train a few days a week, and I practice yoga at least once a week. I also run, and I have run a number of 5ks. I recently completed a quarter marathon—my longest distance yet—and I hope to run a half marathon sometime this year.

Thanks, Jen, for promoting good health at ProQuest!

 

We Are ProQuest: Tami Kirk

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Today let’s meet SIRS Product Manager Tami Kirk.

Tami Kirk, Product Manager

Tami Kirk, Product Manager

How did you come to work at ProQuest? 

I was in the market for a position where I could apply my prior experiences both as a teacher and as an educational consultant at an instructional technology company.  I found that ProQuest’s Boca office was hiring a Product Manager. The job description seemed to be an ideal match and perfect challenge for me.  The rest is history!

What are some of your job responsibilities? 

I support sales with both new and renewal business, conduct market research with existing customers and industry literature to inform product development and editorial enhancement priorities, compile and evaluate new usage statistics as well as respond to customer inquiries, update collateral and create product updates, to name a few.

What does a typical “day in the life” of a product manager look like? 

It’s a balancing act between tactical and strategic work.  In the tactical category, depending on the time of year, I’ll spend a good part of my time responding to emails from customers, sales, and  customer and technical support.  This year, I’ve also planned for multiple development product releases, including identifying items to create or enhance, organizing QA, and creating and communicating product updates.  In the strategic category in 2013, I’ve conducted interviews with new and former customers, analyzed competitive title lists for a variety of K12 library products, supported research and conducted focus groups to inform new product development ideas.

What are some of your favorite parts of your role as product manager? 

Working with people.  As Product Manager I get to interact with literally everyone who touches SIRS products–sales, marketing, trainers, customer service, Content Operations, Market Developers, Development, Customers, Teachers, end users, etc, etc.  The variety of people I am in contact with keeps me stimulated, challenged and inspired.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

First and foremost I like to spend time with my husband, Rich, and daughter, Ashley.  Doing things to entertain a happy and active toddler takes up most of my time (and energy!).  I also am a life-long Washington Redskins fan, but enjoy watching any good NFL game as a pastime.

We Are ProQuest: Jamie Levine

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Let’s meet Account Executive Jamie Levine!

Jamie Levine, Account Executive

Jamie Levine, Account Executive
Photo Credit: Giselle Gerber

How did you come to work at ProQuest?

An old friend of mine worked here and mentioned that they were hiring and thought I’d be perfect for the job. So I applied, and the rest is history!

What are your responsibilities?

I am in charge of inside sales for the states of FL, AL, GA, UT and MT in the Public/K12 market. I am responsible for maintaining renewal business, growing the business with new sales and embracing a customer-focused attitude to best suit their needs.

How has ProQuest changed over the years?

ProQuest is ever-evolving. I’ve watched the company move to being a green company, and it is always up on market trends and trying to keep abreast of customer’s needs.

What do you most like about working at ProQuest?

I really like how dedicated my colleagues are. So many people have been with ProQuest for 10+ years. I think that’s very telling of how great of a company ProQuest is to work for.

What is the best thing about your job?

Connecting with customers and knowing our services are making their jobs easier.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to read!

What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

I’ve run two half marathons.

We Are ProQuest: Heron Nascimento

We Are ProQuest: ProQuest is only as successful as its staff. The ProQuest difference is people behind-the-scenes using their skills to create products and features to provide the optimal research experience from kindergarten to post-graduate to life-long learner. We Are ProQuest features profiles of some of our talented team members. Let’s meet Alliance Manager Heron Nascimento!

Where were you born and raised?

Heron

Heron Nascimento
Alliance Manager, Global Content Alliance

I was born and raised in Brazil.  I lived in many Brazilian states, but mostly in Minas Gerais.

When did you come to the United States?

I came to the U.S. in 1989.

How did you come to work at ProQuest?

My wife and I had just moved from Massachusetts to Florida [in 2005].  I saw ProQuest’s ad in the local newspaper.  I didn’t think I had a chance, but in the end I was hired.

What are your responsibilities?

My job is to maintain a good relationship with key ProQuest publishers, sign new agreements to support ProQuest products, and assist K-12 product managers in licensing content for their products.

What is the best thing about your job?

I get to interact with different people every day. This year, I was in contact with many publishers in Brazil and throughout South America.

How many languages do you speak?

I am fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and English.  I can read Spanish and know enough for basic conversations and writing. I’m still trying to reduce my accent.

Has your multilingualism helped you in your work at ProQuest?

Yes, it has. I’ve been assigned many tasks involving writing or speaking in Portuguese and Spanish.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to read, go to the beach and spend time with my family.

What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

 I’m still working on that, it’s getting my son and daughter prepared for the world.