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Meet Melissa Eckmann

13 Sep 2011, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Meet our Members

Communications Manager, Wholesale Marketing & Internal Communications, Wells Fargo Bank

IABC member since: May 2011

About Me

San Jose, CA

Current residence:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Three words that best describe me:
Loyal, humorous, helpful

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Trying a new restaurant with friends, at the beach with my dog, traveling, reading a good book, watching horrible reality TV, or shopping.

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
Learning how to communicate to an audience in a very technical and unfamiliar industry.

My favorite communications memory is…
Presenting my year-to-date achievements to a company that had never had a marketing or communications department before. They were so appreciative of everything I had done!

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might feel dumb when you admit you don’t know something, but you’ll feel even worse if you act on assumption and get it wrong.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Asking advice of those with more experience than I have. It’s always useful to hear how others have successfully navigated similar circumstances.

You should know this about me…
I put my personal relationships first.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Communications Manager, Wholesale Marketing & Internal Communications, Wells Fargo Bank

Previous Jobs
Communications Consultant, Wholesale Marketing & Internal Communications, Wells Fargo Bank
Communications Consultant, American E&S Insurance Brokers, 2008-2011
Marketing Communications Officer, Greater Bay Bank, 2004-2008
Public Relations Coordinator, Captiva Software, 2004