16 February 2016
“I was surprised and chuffed in equal measure when my name was read out on the evening,” said Vikki Whittemore FirstPro 2015’s Business Services Professional.
“It’s always lovely to be valued and winning FirstPro felt like the best possible form of appreciation.”
Vikki is Business Development & Marketing Director of Wright Hassall. The response of her colleagues in the firm was incredibly positive but what perhaps surprised her more was the feedback she got from others in the professional services sector.
“Lots of people came up to me on the evening and got in touch in the following days to say well done. It was lovely! It also showed the positive culture of the professional services firms in Coventry and Warwickshire.”
Vikki has noticed the impact of winning. “Offers have flooded in from Hollywood and apparently Kate Winslet is worried about the competition for the Oscars! On a more serious note it has made a difference. People check out my LinkedIn profile before we meet and knowing about the award definitely sets a positive tone.”
Motivated by professional pride and surrounded by a strong team, Vikki attributes her success to tenacity, patience and creativity as well as the all-important sense of humour. As well as being exceptional at their jobs, FirstPro winners make a contribution to their local community. Supporting Age UK Warwickshire Vikki is no different. “I support their campaigns and am a Dementia Champion.”
If you’re thinking of putting someone forward for FirstPro 2016 or entering yourself, Vikki says “Nominate! It doesn’t take long and it’s a great way to recognise the contribution and skills or your colleagues.”
Vikki is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s membership standards and professional advisory group, which promotes the marketing profession on a global basis.