Get To Know: Kris

We’re pretty lucky to have Kris (They/Them) on our team. They’re smart, incredibly hard-working, and a passionate salesperson. Kris is a great conversationalist and loves to connect with people in their true and authentic self. They are also great at brainstorming new ideas and bringing new and exciting ways of thinking to our company and adding to our rich company culture. Kris embodies all of our values and demonstrates their enthusiasm and passion for marketing and sales integration daily. We are incredibly grateful Kris steered their career in our direction. Thank you for helping to make Proofpoint an inspired place to work!

Provide a brief bio/overview of your professional career:

Started later in life as I was going through a divorce. Did freelance work and construction (believe it or not) made about $600 a month. Then, I moved into youth development/ministry and then into sales. I love learning, I love helping, creating opportunities for the right buyers to buy.

What’s the last book you read?

Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

What are you currently watching on Netflix (or other streaming service)?

Ginny & Georgia on Netflix

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go and why?

Spain because I love the culture, the architecture and would love to have coffee and food there as I enjoy people watching.

Who inspires you?

Glennon Doyle and my kids.

Three words to best describe you are:

Tenacious, Empathetic, Self-Aware.

How has remote working impacted you professionally and personally?

I have been doing it for some years now. It was hard at first but now it is pretty well set in our routine and something I see as an advantage–most days. Although, I do miss people sometimes!

What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today in digital marketing?

ABM marketing. To my understanding it is like separating laundry and targeting key accounts on the right channels to the right people; really giving the user a better end experience that is more strategic and personalized.

What’s your favorite movie?

Miss Congeniality

Before joining us at Proofpoint Marketing, what was the best, most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Construction demolition.

Do you have a favorite podcast, blog and/or online influencer? Tell us why you follow them.

The Stoop because learning about other cultures/ethnicities is important.

What’s your favorite thing to drink and snack on while working?

Ice water and unsalted mixed nuts (besides peanuts); I don’t like peanuts!

What did you want to be when growing up?

Counselor/Psychologist or Hippie!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Hike, get coffee, go for a walk with my kids!

What genre of music or artist do you listen to while cranking on a project at work?

Bluegrass or chill acoustic vibes, all kinds pop, classical, top 40, rap/hiphop

What was one experience in your life (either personal or professional) that made you a stronger person?

My divorce and coming out.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?

MLK Jr. because he was one person that made a huge difference or Michael Jackson because I love his music!

Favorite meal, type of cuisine or restaurant?

Sushi or Thai food!

Share with us the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given.

“Everything you need is already inside you. Keep your eyes open and learn.”

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last five years?

Don’t limit your potential.

Last one: Share with us something currently on your bucket list!

Learn to glass blow!