Meet Meredith Mentzer

Former Product Development Supervisor for The UPS Store Inc., Meredith Mentzer is the Communications Supervisor for The UPS Store, Inc. She has been a member of IABC since January 2015 and is looking forward to all the networking, learning opportunities and getting involved. Outside of work, you can find Meredith spending time with her husband, two young children and furry four-legged best friend.Meredith_Mentzer

About Me

New York

Current Residence:
San Diego, CA

IABC Member Since:
January 2015

Favorite Quote: 
“Be patient with your journey and your destination will happen.”

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Spending time with my husband, two young children and furry four-legged best friend. We like to surf, build sandcastles, go to dog beach, camp, hike, bike ride and explore all the awesome places San Diego has to offer. I also like to going to concerts with my two best friends of 20+ years.

Three words that best describe me:
Athletic, loyal and organized

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
When there is no clear communication or project plan put into place. Every project I have worked on that does not have a clear plan put together for the team, is unorganized, ends up being a fire drill and not as well put together as it could have been.

My favorite communications memory is…
Launching a program in which I had to assign action items to senior management who were above me. Telling senior management what to do instead of just reporting on what I do was a whole new experience for me. As a newly promoted supervisor at that time, it took me a little bit to gain the confidence to do so. I am very thankful for the mentors I had to help me gain the confidence.

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
Understanding every project assigned to me is a great learning experience. I have loved working on some projects and not so much on others. However, each project taught me something I didn’t know when I started.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Microsoft Project (I said I was organized didn’t I?). When I was first strongly encouraged to learn the program, I was a bit resistant. I thought outlining the action items on paper was cumbersome and doing twice the work. I would have rather just completed the task. However, having launched several programs using Project, I learned it really kept me on track and gave the team clear direction on what I need from them. No one could say they didn’t know what they were supposed to do and when. Now I use Project all the time and encouraged my new manager to get it for our teams strategic communications plans.

The most valuable thing about my membership with IABC is…
I have not been able to take full advantage of IABC yet since I just joined two months ago, but I am looking forward to all the networking and learning opportunities and getting involved.

You should know this about me…
I see life as a constant learning experience. I try to learn something new everyday or remind myself of lessons past whether it’s at work, in a classroom, from my two young children, from traveling or just living life.

Career Highlights

Product Development Supervisor – The UPS Store, Inc. (2012 – 2014)

Promotion and Media Marketing Specialist – The UPS Store, Inc (2006 – 2012)

Client Services Coordinator – The UPS Store, Inc. (2005-2006)

Current Job
Communications Supervisor – The UPS Store, Inc. (2015 – present)