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August 18, 2019

Saying Farewell to Kate

Today we post with sad/happy hearts. Tomorrow is Kate Meier’s last day as she moves to Charlottesville on a grand new life adventure. We’ve put together a little saying goodbye post so she knows how deeply she’s touched the people and institution of Myers PR.

MPR on the dance floorKate, you are hereby nominated for an award in the category of Amazing Co-Worker and All ‘Round Beautiful, Fun Person:
Kate has been with Myers PR since 2008, and came with a strong grasp on the PR industry from her experience in managing communications with regional, state, national, and international associations. Kate is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Emerging Leaders Institute of Leadership Fairfax, Inc., and also a talented artist. Now this is where it gets really interesting. In her personal life, Kate is actively involved in improv comedy, a cappella, community theater (including a production of Equus), a former board member of the Bite Me Cancer Foundation, and earned the title of Miss Virginia Pole Fitness Champion in 2012. She is a pole fitness instructor, and gave a phenomenal performance on April 13, 2013 prior to a new development: she and her husband had their first child in July.
– Carol Nahorniak with a heavy heart ‘cause Kate’s leaving us 🙁

Carol Brandy Kate at TW 4 15 2013Kate had me at “Charlottesville.” During our very first conversation we discovered our mutual love of my home town and shared hangouts. When Kate told me she was moving to Charlottesville my instant jealousy was overcome by the thought of losing such a valuable team member in our office. Kate and I worked closely on events for clients and she always had an innate way of embracing my event ideas and sparking creative thinking. Her spark in the office was infectious. It is rare to find a work environment where everyone’s personalities mesh well, so it is difficult to see Kate go. However, I am excited to have a new partner in crime whenever I visit Charlottesville.
– Brandy Walker

IMG_3783If you put all the “hats” Kate wears into a pile, it would be a sizable mound. She is a wife, mother, project manager, event organizer, fitness instructor, award-winning athlete in a surprising discipline, singer, dancer, jokester who can speak in hilarious voices, one of the warmest people I’ve ever known–I know I’ve forgotten some of the “hats.” The combination of abilities and traits that is Kate will probably never come again. I treasure knowing her.
– Arja Sahramaa

photo 1 (2)Funny enough, I always seem to be following in Kate’s footsteps (and I’m OK with that). I’ve known her since middle school, through theater in high school and again at Myers PR. It’d be impossible to say how she’s shaped a lot of my life in just a few sentences, so I will stick to just Myers PR.

Kate was the one who found me and brought me to Myers PR as the Social Media Manager. Over coffee, it went something like this, “You work at a small PR firm in Reston Town Center? I work at a small PR firm in Reston Town Center. Your office has a red wall? OUR office has a red wall. You do social media? We need a social media person!” You get the gist 🙂

JordanWedK&K&cakeI am grateful for being brought into an office with so many wonderful qualities – her being one of them. Kate took me under her wing and set me in motion. I worked with her on projects and she mentored me in life, work, mistakes, love, and growth. In less than two years, Kate completely changed my trajectory and taught me to always keep moving toward something. Needless to say, our friendship also flourished – she and her husband even made my wedding cake! So without thinking about it too hard lest there be tears, there will be a big hole without Kate but we will do our best to keep her spirit always in the office. And if our history is any indicator, I’m certain our paths will cross again.
Always – Jordan Garegnani

MPR at FC Arts Council awards 2012_FCEDA_1040It’s been six amazing years since the day I, a dorky high school intern, met Kate, the forever-smiling manager. The two of us were at constant odds as I annoyed her to give me more work to do, but I, apparently, “worked too quickly.” She says, that I “wasn’t the typical intern,” but I say that she wasn’t the typical manager. From the beginning, Kate has been the best mentor anyone could ask for and I owe my career to her. Opportunities were only presented to me thanks to Kate’s belief in the person I could become.

I’m overjoyed for the possibilities that have opened for Kate and wish her and her family the best of luck in everything.
The only thing I ask is that time doesn’t make us strangers, but, knowing Kate, I’m not worried.

My goodness, Kate, I’m going to miss you.
With Love – David Cavalieri

photoI found a miniature ceramic bust of the composer Wagner on my desk this week. On it was a note, “Thanks kid. It’s been real.” His hard stony glare made me want to both laugh and cry… The roots of this bust’s presence at Myers date back to my early days at MPR, when Kate introduced me to online SNL videos. Our favorite became the segments about “ceramic busts,” with Scarlet Johansson describing in a gaudy New Jersey accent, how ceramic busts add extravagance and chicness to any lifestyle. Many an owah was spent tawkin like we wuz like Scahlet and wuhkin’ with swimmin’ pools undah owah desks! (all possible with the presence of a ceramic bust!). Little did Kate know that I was the proud owner of roughly 15 miniature classic composer ceramic busts (don’t ask). Each and every one of those little dudes made their way to her desk one fine morning to welcome to her to a cubicle which now dripped in grandeur…

Where's my headThis is just one example of many, about how Kate has the innate ability to create community, and inspire others to create it. She brings people together by inserting fun and hilarity to any environment – especially when working in marketing there just HAS to be some fun! She offers so many things that make all of us better. Her creativity is so boundless that it cannot be contained. Her big ideas reach up to the cosmos and beyond, pushing through the steel cage boundaries that so many of us see like they are nothing more than silly string. Her spontaneity in both thought and action encourages freshness and excitement. Around Kate, boxes simply don’t exist. She makes all of us better and brighter because she herself emanates a brightness that you can’t help but want to follow.

Kate has more than anything been a wonderful friend. I am going to miss the jokes and fun that we shared… “Thomas!,” Rick-Roll Fridays, getting ready for Best of Reston – make-up always looks better when you apply after sharing a bottle of wine!… These memories are now molded tightly into the shape of a tiny ceramic bust of an angry German man, whom will sit proudly on my desk knowing that he represents so much more, that he represents Kate.

Thank you Kate, for all that you’ve given me, and good luck on your new adventure!
– Liz Bush
Kate,
MyersPR on IceYour tremendous enthusiasm and spirit will be missed, and I am thankful to know such a delightfully quirky, creative, think-in-pictures person. What a gift it is to know you, and to know you is to love you. I can’t wait to witness the amazing things you will create and discover as you continue to grow as a person, a wife and a mother. Wishing you the very best along your journey, and I look forward to the day our paths cross once again.
With love and hugs – Billie Nicolotti

Jordan's engagement party at MPRI met Kate when she’s joined the Chamber staff as Communications Director in 2008. Coincidentally, I had held the same position 10 years earlier in a much less complex time for Marketing and PR. We had no email, World Wide Websites were all the new rage and Social Media was non-existent. People actually used beepers, faxed each other and took their film to the drug store to be printed. Archaic! By the time I met Kate, we had been launched into a world of communications technology never experienced before: GPS, Flash, iPhone 3G, Androids, Apple’s App Store, and Social networking in a Web 2.0 world. I needed someone who knew how all that stuff worked.

Enter Kate Meier – Technology Nerd Extraordinaire! She had everything we needed and wanted – technological curiosity, great personality and a maturity way beyond her years. She fit right in with our quirky little staff and the clients loved her. She never backed away from a challenge. She strove to learn new things, take on more responsibilities, wow the clients and moved up to Senior Project Manager in a few short (albeit busy) years.

image001Now, the same qualities that brought her to MPR five years ago are taking her to the next stage in her journey. It is bitter sweet to see a cherished bird leave the nest, but this is no fledgling, and she will flourish. I wish Kate and her family all the best that life can bring. Thank you Kate for everything you did to make MPR such a special place to work and be.
– Marion Myers

In summation, Kate means a lot of different special things to all of us and her continual presence will be very sorely missed. But we know that she will never really leave us; we will always have memories and are overjoyed for her new life in Charlottesville and can’t wish her enough happiness. As David said, “My goodness Kate, we are going to miss you.”

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