Mentors Week: How Kerry Got Her Start

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am by Engine Communications
Kerry Patrick, Marketing Associate

Kerry Patrick, Marketing Associate

This is an easy one for me. My mentor would most definitely have to be Cassandra Bonn. I kind of fell into this industry and was quite fortunate when Cassandra took me on as her protégé in her home office of The Market Place. When I initially started working for Cassandra, it was only a few days a week, with the intension of taking care of the routine office duties that were becoming too cumbersome for her to manage with a growing business. As it turned out, I was able to offer more than just that.

I was flying as a full time flight attendant at the time, and raising three young boys–very busy to say the least. With her expanding business, Cassandra took on a partner, Rene Dick, an exceptional and very talented creative designer, to offer a full service marketing and advertising company, now known as Engine Communications. Rene was also instrumental at bringing out my creative side and making me feel like I could do just about anything! They now required someone full time, so I made the difficult decision to give up my job flying and work full time at Engine–a decision that I have never regretted. 

Cassandra is brilliant at what she does, with her key talents in marketing and advertising. She is truly remarkable at forging solid client relationships, and she can sell just about anything to someone who has everything! Ideas flow from Cassandra like water from a fountain, her mind is always going and she loves a challenge. She is always more than willing to help out and when asked to share some creative inspiration, she does just that, with ease and enthusiasm. Cassandra no longer owns Engine (she sold it to our current Big Cheese, Shaun Levy, whom you heard from on Tuesday), but she is still very much part of my life, as a colleague, a mentor and a friend.

 I really love what I do and I look forward to a future in this industry, where I will continue to learn and grow with each passing day. Thank you Cassandra, for all that you have taught me, I value your time and knowledge, cheers to you for helping me find my new niche in life–for now!

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