Continuing our “5 Questions” series, meet Ioanna Antonopoulos, the executive assistant to the founder and CEO of the firm, Roger Nyhus. Ioanna brings extensive administrative expertise and experience in fast-paced, high-pressure environments to this role. Learn more about Ioanna and her role at Nyhus below:
What is your favorite thing about working in the PR/PA industry?
You’re connected to multiple industries. In other businesses you can find yourself in a bubble and think the world only revolves around your industry. But in the PR/PA world you have to constantly be on top of the media, politics, and economics. Everything is interconnected and that’s a huge part of the PR/PA industry – taking in a rich variety of information to better serve your clients.
Any advice for aspiring PR/PA pros?
Network, be nice and be involved in your community. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. You don’t know if the person you meet today will be helping you find an opportunity later on. On networking- I can’t stress enough how important it is to attend events and be involved in your community. It’s a great way to meet people and get your name out there. Shy? Keep at it, you’ll get better with practice. It’s all about confidence!
What’s the best part about your new job so far?
Being an executive assistant to the CEO give me insight to what’s going on throughout the firm as a whole. I don’t work on the specific strategic elements of the PR/PA or executive communications practice areas, but I get the overall pieces and put them together to create a larger image/vision. Roger and I have a great working relationship- right from the beginning there was a level of trust and we push each other to be better at what we do. What I’m looking forward to
the most is working in an environment where I can grow by being continuously challenged.
What’s the best joke you’ve ever heard?
You want to make God laugh, tell him what your plans are.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Greek food. I grew up and worked in the restaurant industry for a good portion of my life. It’s just what I know. Don’t worry, I’ll even feed vegetarians.