Chris Schultz-Buechner

My day job is in marketing and communications and I’m currently looking for a new opportunity.

I’ll confess it’s been sort of liberating to have the freedom to try something new! I’m excited about the possibility of working in an industry I haven’t explored yet and feel the combination of my personality and my experience will make me a great fit in a variety of roles.

I have a long history in marketing and communications—and a strong passion around roles in those areas—but I’m also open to the possibility of something different. I’d especially enjoy a position with a collaborative, team-oriented focus. I’m a self-starter but I also do a good job bringing people together to make a good project happen.

In my most recent role, I was often the go-to person if there was a project need. Even if it was something I’d never done before, I had a bit of a reputation for being able to break a project apart and figure it out.

After all, most projects have similar elements: What’s the overall issue or need? What’s the timeline? What pieces do you need to make it happen? I’m not afraid to jump in and try. I’m willing to put in the time to learn something new and I’ve done it many times.

I’ve been quite fascinated in recent years to see the impact social media has on an organization’s brand. A brand is created by your customers of course, it’s about how your business makes them feel. But social media has taken things to a new level. There’s a lot more pressure on companies to be interactive and manage that channel effectively.

I’ve always appreciated the power of storytelling and how we can use it to help customers understand their challenge and how our company can help them solve it. I love pinpointing the need and developing the content to solve it; finding the right channels and figuring out how to put all those pieces together—and adjusting if necessary as we analyze why our approach did or didn’t work. When I look back at the things I’ve enjoyed most throughout my career, those are what rises to the top.

My most memorable caffeine was the “cowboy coffee” I had with my best friend when we went to Common Grounds in Waco, Texas. If you’re familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines, this is the coffee shop Joanna likes to go to, besides her own coffee shop. The drink is made with what they bill as their “secret sauce.” I have no idea what it is, but it’s amazing. So smooth and so yummy and when I was done drinking it, I felt like I was running at Mach 5 with my hair on fire! My friend and I had the best time after that!

My current caffeine of choice is typically an iced coffee, but if I’m treating myself I’ll get a salted caramel mocha at Starbucks.

My favorite place for caffeine is on a camping trip. My husband and I often go camping with my parents. My dad and I often get up early and end up sharing some coffee and solving world problems. My dad has this old silver percolator coffee pot. He’ll make coffee in that and we’ll sit and enjoy the surrounding scenery. We’ve sat and looked at the rocks at Zion National park; we’ve shared our coffee with the animals that walked through our campground. I was at my parent’s house the other day, and that coffee pot was sitting on the counter. Just seeing it made me think about sitting outside sharing coffee with my dad.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To be honest, I didn’t know that much about her until she died. I knew who she was of course, but since she passed, I’ve learned a lot more.

She was quite the lady—quite the spitfire.

I’ve found myself wondering if she knew she was creating history as she was living it, or if she just did things because she saw they needed to be done?  Did she know she was creating a path that nobody had traveled on before or was she just getting up every day and doing the right thing?

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Finding a way to bring our country together. I remember when Republicans and Democrats used to reach across the aisle and work together on issues. That doesn’t seem to happen as much, anymore. Something needs to change.