With our 2017 accelerator class a month into the program, the office has been busier than ever. In the midst of working towards Demo Day, The Brandery experienced a change internally. We recently said goodbye to our previous Office Manager, Heather Kitchen. Heather was a tremendous help to The Brandery and had a knack for making everyone feel welcome. We will all miss her presence but wish her the best of luck with her newest endeavor and future ones to come.
With that being said, we are excited to introduce you to our new Office Manager, Gabrielle Rudd:
Hello, my name is Gabrielle Rudd. I was born and raised in Cincinnati. I attended Walnut Hills High School and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Academically, my extensive coursework in Electronic Media, Marketing and Psychology has allowed me to gain an understanding and appreciation for the way people think and operate in a business setting. I also took product development and innovation classes which truly solidified my choice to join the world of startups and accelerators. I am excited to be of use to The Brandery and am looking forward to experiencing #StartupCincy life!
I recently worked in the UC Medical Center’s Emergency Room, where I registered patients that were transported from helicopters and ambulances. My position entailed getting the patients to the trauma bay, figuring out exactly who they were and making sure the staff had the correct medical files on said patients, so that we could give them the best care possible. Working in that kind of environment was extremely challenging but taught me how to stay calm in life or death situations. My hope is to use this experience to help our startups because in a way, they are also in a life or death situation. It is the survival of the fittest.
Previously, I interned with Total Quality Logistics, a third-party logistics provider. Throughout my time there, I became extremely good at negotiating prices and selling a load to a carrier. The internship was extremely competitive, but at the end of the summer I was in the top 10 out of 135 representatives for sales. I am an overachiever and highly motivated to succeed. I then interned at Dianne Hardin Designs, a small marketing consulting company. We worked with small banks to revamp their online presence, paper materials, signage, and their physical store’s appearance. I focused on advertising and media outreach, contacting local news outlets to create positive and honest PR. My involvement ranged from the ideation and brainstorming to direct interaction with the client and suppliers, such as billboard companies and photographers. I developed and executed grassroots marketing campaigns, planned creative events and educated consumers on the company’s product offerings, which increased monthly regional sales. Between spearheading intensive research and demographic analysis, I was able to successfully redesign and revamp multiple small businesses, adding value to their companies and attracting engagement from new clientele.
My intermediate work experience as a swimming instructor for children with intellectual and physical disabilities has also greatly improved my communication skills. By working with children who had very specific needs and different ways of communicating, I began to adapt to each one of my students. From all my experience, I have fostered strong relationships with customers and my coworkers. My positions have helped me learn how to develop and work on several projects quickly and efficiently, and handle extremely diverse situations.
I’m really looking forward to putting my own stamp on The Brandery. I am excited to get to know everybody in The Brandery family and to assist on many new and exciting ventures. I am grateful for this opportunity to work alongside such intelligent, innovative people and look forward to networking with as many people as I can!
If we haven’t met yet, please reach out to me! Gabrielle@brandery.org