Q&A with Amanda McKinney, senior account executive, public relations

04/16/2019 - Lori Bertelli

As part of our Get to Know 280blue series, we’re shining the spotlight on 280blue Senior Account Executive of Public Relations Amanda McKinney who is responsible for keeping our public relations projects on track, is in constant contact with our clients and gets it done. Amanda took some time today to dive into her personal side, sharing seven things you probably didn’t know:

    1. Where are you from?
      Virginia, right outside of Washington, DC. I think Matt and I are the only two East Coasters! I’m not sure I would ever go back to Virginia, but it was a great place to grow up being so close to so much culture and some of the best (free) museums. I definitely got to experience a lot of unique things as a kid due to our proximity to Washington, including having Hillary Clinton speak at my high school graduation.
    2. What is your favorite part of your job?
      I love a good uphill battle, which is why I like doing public relations for tech companies. There is a bigger learning curve, but I like to dig in and the challenge that comes with learning something new and hard. Then once I get it, I love helping a client articulate and tell their story in a big way. There’s nothing better! What can I say, I like to be challenged and I like to help!
    3. What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
      An interactive trivia channel. Disclaimer: I don’t have regular cable, so if it does exist, don’t tell me, I want to continue thinking it’s my own idea.
    4. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
      When I was in first grade, I did a “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be A….” presentation on being a 7-11 employee because I thought I would get free candy and Slurpees whenever I wanted. And yes, as a follow-up, I still love candy. All candy. I do not discriminate against any candy. Our office is right between Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and a Rocket Fizz and I have walked over to both before heading home far more times than I would like to admit.
    5. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their life?
      I have so many answers for this but working in a restaurant or in a service job. It’s a tough job and I don’t think people understand that until they experience it. The quickest way to lose my respect is to be rude to someone helping you.
    6. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to?
      Skiing. I know, I live in Boulder, CO and I have never snow skied. See question one: I’m an East Coast girl. I’m great on a lake.
    7. What is a personal “rule” you never break?
      “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” I am a huge believer that tasks pile up, so I try and take care of things as soon as possible. This could go back to my Girl Scout days – “Always be prepared” – and you can’t be prepared for the future if you have too many tasks holding you back! As a caveat, I for sure break both, but I try not to.