Our PR Manager Kristin Paltzer is about to take on the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon this weekend. Find out what running has to do with her career in PR. (And have a great race, KP!)

What do you do at Celtic?

I’m the PR Manager. I oversee the PR team and manage the day-to-day tasks and relationship with our clients when it comes to planning, execution and evaluation.

How did you end up working in the industry?

It actually all started with a run! I was training for my first marathon in 2009 and during one of the many long training runs I met someone who worked in the agency world in Milwaukee. I was working in a corporate communications role for a company outside of Chicago and was looking to transition back to Milwaukee. She helped me make a few connections and I’ve been back in Milwaukee ever since.

In your opinion, what makes Celtic stand out?

We work hard. “That’s not my job,” isn’t a phrase you will hear here. We come together as a team and get the job done.

Tell us about a recent project you worked on that you’re proud of.

Milwaukee Irish Fest! My team hit the ground running this year, with early morning TV interviews (like 4 a.m. early) all week long, as well as significant on-the-ground PR support during the festival. It was exhausting, but working with such a great client and having a great team ensured that everything ran like a well-oiled machine.

What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?

“All they can do is say no.” Don’t ever be afraid to ask for what you want. Use your voice and speak up.

When you’re not working here at Celtic, where can we find you?

Well right now you can find me training for the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. But, outside of that I’m spending time with my littles ones, who are seven and three, my husband and our basset hound-mix, Lennox.

The Lakefront Marathon – wow! What inspired you to do that? How long have you been training?

I don’t know…stupidity! Just kidding. This will be my fourth marathon, but my first since I had my second child. I hit a milestone birthday this past summer and wanted to prove to myself that I’ve still got what it takes…although that remains to be seen. I’ve been training since July, with the race this Sunday, Oct. 7. So, if you’re looking for me Sunday morning…I will be somewhere between Grafton and the Art Museum, running as fast as I can to the free beer at the end.