Meet the Team: Chris Barnette
Meet the Proclaim Interactive team!
Chris Barnette, Senior Relationship Manager
Joined the team: May 2017
What is your role here at Proclaim Interactive?
C: I am the Senior Relationship Manager, so I’m sort of the face of Proclaim. I connect with people and develop relationships, so we can truly develop partnerships with them and serve them well.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
C: It’s funny, many of my friends already think I don’t sleep. It is not uncommon that I am up in the wee hours of the morning “processing”. Sometimes I just wake up and start thinking about things. If I never had to sleep though, I’m certain I’d get much more done. My wife would likely appreciate the clean house, however, she’d probably throw things at me for keeping her and the kids awake.
You’re our newest member of the Proclaim Interactive team. What have you found to be your favorite parts of your role and working with PI so far?
C: I truly enjoy meeting new people, learning about their businesses and figuring out how we can help them win. I believe in the win-win and I get to live that out every day. And I really love our team. They are so talented. They are caring, for each other, our clients, and the world around us. We even get out in the community and serve together. Just last night we helped serve meals with First Fruits. It is a special place to “work” every day.
What is a song that you have completely memorized?
C: The Star Spangled Banner. I’m definitely a patriot at heart. Think about it though, it’s also the scariest song to sing because EVERYONE knows it. Though I’ve sung it hundreds of times, I’m always afraid I’ll be asked to sing it somewhere and blank out on part of it. And it’s definitely not a song you want to mess up on. There’s probably some great 80’s songs rattling around up there too.
How did you get into the Marketing industry?
C: I first got into marketing several years ago when I worked as a Special Event Planner. We were hired to organize, operate and market special events for other organizations. We did everything from 5K and 10K races, air shows, winter lights displays to hot air balloon races. Marketing has changed so much since then. With the internet in the palm of our hands everywhere we go, we get our information and shop so differently now. Back then marketing was sort of like throwing some mud on the wall and hoping something sticks. Marketing in the digital age is so much more robust. You can define your audience and reach them with much greater accuracy. Do kids even know what a phonebook is or a yellow pages ad? Things are so very different now.
In your opinion, what is the best way to begin the day?
C: Quietly…with coffee…and prayer. I also really love watching the sun come up over the ocean. The best of those moments for me have been in the back of a boat racing toward the horizon, paddling the marsh or body surfing with a friend as the sun came up. There’s just something magical about it.