By Egotist / /
We’re down to single digits in remaining 32 Under 32 interviews. So enjoy learning about these rising stars while you can. Today’s interviewee – Charles Walker, Sales Manager at the Katz Media Group.
Congrats on being chosen as one of the top 32 advertising and marketing professionals under 32. We selected people who really go above and beyond in their work. How do you think you approach your job differently than other people?
Although the team I manage, might technically see me as their boss, I strive hard to be more of a resource than an authority figure. I know i’ve never excelled with someone constantly looking over my shoulder or second guessing me so I try and give them as much freedom as possible to both succeed and make mistakes. And along the way I make it very clear I am here to help and be that very important resource. Because I have done everything from stapling and filing and coffee runs to boardroom meetings with presidents and ceo’s I have a vast range of hands on experience that I hope they can benefit from and take comfort in knowing I’ve been there before too.
What kind of accounts/projects are you working on these days?
We just took over a T-Mobile/Wal-Mart campaign from our Dallas office.
It’s a huge account and spending a lot of money right now. We’re doing everything we can to make sure the account is serviced as well if not better than before!
What is it about where you currently work that really pushes you to be better?
In today’s advertising world, the speed at which everyone moves can be overwhelming. We’re all doing more with less, but trying every day to still keep a personal and human touch on our work is very important. Trying to find that balance pushes me to do some of my best and most gratifying work.
In thinking over your career so far, what work had made you the proudest?
I’m proud I decided to take the chance to move back to SF at the end of 2010.
It has been the most rewarding decision both personally and professionally and couldn’t be happier to be back in the best city in the world.
We hear you’re in the running to be the next Mr. Marina. Tell us about that.
The Mr. Marina competition is a local fundraiser that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Greater Bay Area, raising almost $100k annually.
It’s comprised of many smaller events and fundraiser all culminating in a male beauty pageant for chairty on 3/19 at the Regency Ballroom. It’s a great cause and I’ve had a lot of fun and met some really great new people.
Here’s a ridiculously clichéd interview question for you: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’ve seen too many changes in advertising in the past 10 year to have any idea where it will be 10 years from now let alone where I’ll be. But Ideally i hope to still be here in San Francisco contributing to it’s wonderful advertising community.
This might be tough, but here’s your chance to give a shout out to one person who has helped you get to where you are today. Go.
John Wahlert who is a Vice President and Director of Sales of our Los Angeles office has been the greatest influence on my career thus far and continues to be each and every day. He helped me grow from a sales assistant to account executive to Sales manager and kept me challenged, engaged and laughing all along the way. Hopefully I can bring a little bit of that guidance to my team in San Francisco.