#PPRAMemberMonday: Jaime Martorana

Twitter: @jaimemartorana
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaimemartorana
PPRA member since 2016

PPRA: Jaime, tell us about your background and your current job.

JM: I joined the Philadelphia Marathon team not long after graduating from Temple University in 2015. And, with the Office of the City Representative, I am currently working on communications and marketing. It’s a small communications team so I’m lucky enough to have a hand in many aspects from media relations and advertising to event logistics and more! In this role, I handle social media, marketing initiatives and media relations for the city-owned and operated, nationally ranked race. While at Temple, I was an active member of the PRSSA chapter, serving on the executive board for three years. I also worked for Temple’s first and only student run PR firm, PRowl Public Relations, as assistant firm director. I recently joined PPRA and serve as the Mentorship Program chairperson. If you’re in the market for a mentor, please let me know!

PPRA: What is the favorite part about your job?

JM: Completing a marathon is usually a huge milestone in someone’s life. It’s amazing to be a small part of that experience and help this event be the best it can possibly be.

PPRA: What was your latest and greatest accomplishment at your job?

JM: Recently, I’ve been planning partnership events with local running clubs as a way for the Philadelphia Marathon to get more involved in the running community. We’ve received wonderful reactions from runners who love that we are taking time to talk to them and listen to their feedback one-on-one. It may not be the most grand accomplishment, but it’s experiences like those reinforce why I love PR and events.

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

JM: Always be willing to meet new people and expand your network. You never know when a contact may have an opportunity or a beneficial connection!

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

JM: Harry Potter, I could reread or re-watch any one of the series a million times.

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

JM: Philadelphia Museum of Art- the artwork, the architecture, the view. You can’t beat it!

PPRA: How do you take your cheesesteak?

JM: American cheese and fried onions. Is it un-Philadelphian to say I hate Whiz?

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