Kate directs the marketing and business development strategy for ESA’s largest region composed of four Northern California offices and more than 150 technical professionals.
1. What is your favorite ESA moment/memory?
It is hard to pick just one, but I have to say all of the WINS in over a decade of watching so many of ESA's competitive proposals evolve. The 'high' we get from winning a competitive effort never diminishes; the camaraderie of the proposal team, and the celebratory rounds of WAHOO emails, the luxuriant bliss of success never get old. Witnessing this time and again, you do feel like you are indelibly tied to ESA's pulse, and that is a zesty, exhilarating experience. I guess that makes us adrenaline junkies!
2. What does it mean to you to be part of an employee owned company?
I appreciate that we share the Ups and the Downs – and that drives a more honest, transparent company culture. Every decision we make is buoyed by the underlying fact that we are making a decision that will have an impact on everyone at ESA – not just our team, office, or region. Employee ownership means that we look out for one another; if there is an obstacle or challenge that is hampering our ability to succeed, our philosophy is to work together to fix it – not just shut the door on it. We are not a perfect organization, but since we each have a stake in the game, we are always striving to be better. When you stop aspiring to the next level, you stifle growth, creativity, and the ability to remain resilient.
3. Do you have any special talents?
Finding lost things.
4. Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
I'm very mechanically inclined.
5. If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
Write more poems.