We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you get to know our Army of Awesome. Meet our newest Senior Account Manager, Kristen DuPre!

1. How was your first day of work at ARPR?

Super genuine. Everybody was welcoming, encouraging, and just as excited as I was! No bullsh*t here – you get what you see and I love that. Not to mention I live close by, so being able to walk to work is definitely a perk.

2. What song best describes your work ethic?

Admittedly, I listen to Motion Picture Scores while I work. It’s weird, but it feels like I’m fighting alongside the protagonist to succeed and it’s oddly encouraging (I recommend Harry Potter, Gladiator, and National Treasure). BUT a song that describes my work ethic would be Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It’s a little all over place, expressive, and unexpected at times, but, in the end, it comes together perfectly.

3. Describe your ultimate sandwich?

I’d rather have a breakfast taco any day. Eggs, chorizo, potato, and cheese with all the fixings. If you’re ever in Texas go to Torchy’s Tacos. You won’t be sorry you did.

4. Which two celebrities (dead or alive) would you pick to be your parents?

Oh, this is tough. There are so many great humans out there that I admire. I think Samin Nosrat because she approaches life (and food) with such joy and either President Barak Obama or President George W. Bush because, despite their differences, they both have so much love for their family and want to inspire goodness.

4. What is your biggest nonwork-related achievement?

Learning how to make a melt-in-your-mouth roasted chicken. Also running my first half-marathon – I’m running two more races soon, so asking for all the positive vibes!

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Loud eaters. It’s so, so gross. Learn some manners, and chew quietly with your mouth closed please!

6. Describe yourself in three words

Passionate. Positive. Perfectionist.

7. Your life would be meaningless without…

My family and friends who have supported me through thick and thin and every spastic moment in between. Shout out to my husband who keeps me in check.

8. Favorite board game?

It’s changed! I now am obsessed with Trivial Pursuit (the ones from 10+ years ago) played with a group of loved ones, sharing a really good bottle of wine. You can blame my friends in Washington, DC who sucked me in.

9. Where did you grow up?

H-Town! Texas born and raised. Fun fact, Houston is the fourth largest city in the US, people really don’t realize how big of a place it is. And it’s the most diverse city in the US!

However, I grew up constantly being outdoors thanks to my parents. My mom always took us surfing down in Surfside, and my dad is actually from England, so I visited my family there a ton and grew up hiking in the Lake District.

10. Favorite thing about the tech industry?

It’s constantly changing! With most industries, you can become an “expert” and pretty much know what’s going to happen in the next five, ten years in part to your knowledge, history, and market trends. With the tech industry, it’s different because tomorrow could bring a new advancement, shifting the industry – and our world – entirely.

11. If you could bring one piece of technology to a remote island, which would it be?

I feel like I should give a smart answer here and say a satellite phone to get me off the island, but my first thought was actually my Kindle so I could entertain myself.

12. If you were a Star Wars character, which would you be?

Chewbacca. He’s just along for the ride, has a rebel streak, but has good intentions.

13. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Ha! Well, this is embarrassing. I love to cook, but right now I literally have nothing in my refrigerator. I desperately need to do a store run. There’s definitely leftover Indian, almond milk, half a bottle of wine, beer, and a lot of condiments and hot sauce.

14. How would you explain what the Internet is to your 5-year-old nephew?

It’s a source of “all” knowledge. Have a question? It will give you an answer. But be careful! It’s not always the truth.

Blair wears many princess crowns as COPO, leading talent cultivation, retention and training programs for the Army of Awesome while providing strategic counsel and guidance to support the agency’s services and client base.

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