CAREERS: Where I Work - Carole Carter - PR director, The FairmontKansas City at the Plaza Hotel

How long have you been in your job? One-and-a-half years.

How long have you been in your job? One-and-a-half years.

Describe the space you work in: Before I came on board, my office was the mail room. They transformed it into a beautiful office with new carpet, furniture, wallpaper and lamps. Our in-house florist even added beautiful plants, flowers, and fabulous feng shui gadgets. I'm still working on the window with a view.

Do you socialize with colleagues? Yes! These are people you spend most of your time with, so it's almost like an extended family.

How often do you see your boss? Every day. We both love to quote old movie lines. Our colleagues are not surprised to hear Broadway show tunes belting out from her office during our weekly PR meetings. We call it "professional development."

Who is the craziest person you work with? Our Delphi Key Operator. He likes to strategically place rubber snakes, beetles, rats, and spiders in random offices. Recently, I came across his dead rubber rat that was battery operated to flinch when you approached it.

How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? I know them all by name. Generally, late at night is my favorite time to work - complete silence with no distractions.

What is the best thing about working there? Complete creative freedom.

I'm a risk taker. It's so liberating to get full support from my executive committee to try something unconventional.

What is the worst thing? Meetings. Meetings to discuss meetings. Meetings on past meetings. Meetings to set up the next meeting.

What's been your biggest mistake while working there? I scheduled a dentist procedure for the middle of the day that required extreme amounts of novocaine. I came back to the office with no feeling in my face for the next two hours. Try returning a phone call to a reporter on deadline when you can't feel your tongue.

And your luckiest break? I was a PR account executive at a local agency, and The Fairmont was my client at the time. After one year, I submitted to the general manager my PR plan for year two. After reviewing it, I was unexpectedly offered the director position.

Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office And betray my loyalty to our local gossip columnist? Tisk, tisk.

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