One Year in Iowa

This week marks one year since I changed jobs from advertising to corporate communications.It has definitely been an adventure. I learned A LOT, both about how a factory operates and about what I want to do when I grow up.

Looking back, the past 12 months have been a whirlwind. In a year, I:

– Remembered how much I enjoy public speaking at the #140 Character Conference in Des Moines and at the John Deere Communicators' Conference 

– Traveled to Brazil, a trip that involved getting my first Visa and lots of vaccinations

– Visited John Deere factories in Moline, Illinois, Davenport, Iowa and Waterloo, Iowa.

– Got to see the new S Series Combines  up close and personal at the 2011 New Product Intro

– Visited North Dakota, Indiana and Wisconsin in a whirlwind tour of the upper midwest

– Saw some amazing old tractors and beautiful red barns in Horicon, Wisconsin (and got to meet @DairyCarrie while I was there!)

– Got really good at running meetings, even ones that start at 4 a.m. or last all day 

– Was retweeted by The Oak Ridge Boys during their performance at the Iowa State Fair. Heck, that was a bonus- i was just excited to see them perform!

– Still haven't managed to meet Kelly Rivard in spite of our best efforts.

– Ran video and photo shoots inside the factory, which is always amazing to see, even if I can't share most of the pictures with anyone who doesn't work for Deere.  




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