After a year of significant milestones in 2015, The Brandery is continuing its expansion by growing its full-time staff. The departure of former Marketing & Operations Coordinator, Emily Cooper, left a large void to fill. The Brandery staff structure was re-organized to add two new full-time positions. At the beginning of January 2016, The Brandery welcomed Justin Rumao, Program Manager, and Heather Kitchen, Office Manager.
We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our new employees to you, The Brandery Blog readers, so below are a few words from our new Office Manager, Heather.
After years of working in the arts, I expected to feel like a fish out of water as I ease into my new role at The Brandery. I no longer start my day walking into massive cultural icons like Union Terminal or Music Hall. Instead, an old-made-new-again facade in the middle of Vine Street, with lots of new, shiny desks and toys but still surrounded by history. There are no barefoot ballet dancers running down the hall for a drink of water during rehearsal, stopping by my desk to approve a photo or ask a question about tickets – they’ve been replaced by bright-eyed entrepreneurs in a brightly lit coworking space, showing off their latest idea or brainstorming over coffee. It takes me by surprise; the day-to-day characters and minutia are different, but the creativity and passion for innovation that fuel the work are the same.
The arts are old, storied and rooted in the fiber of our city’s rich history. Startups are new, rapidly expanding and changing the landscape for the future. The differences are apparent, but the feeling is the same. I am a part of something larger than myself – a community that provides inestimable value to the spirit of Cincinnati.
My newly created position of Office Manager has a super vague job description for now, as most new positions do, so I’m really looking forward to putting my own stamp on it based on my skills and interests. Some things I’ll be getting into right off the bat, though, will include taking charge of The Brandery social media (and posting here!), and managing The Branderyhaus startup housing. I am excited to get to know everybody in The Brandery family, and to do what I can to assist so many new and exciting ventures.