How long have you been in your job? One year and six months
Describe the space you work in. Other than the occasional shaking walls
and overhead roar of low-flying planes from the nearby Teterboro
Airport, my workspace is actually quite pleasant. I have a very homey
corner with art posters and autographed Mets team photos covering the
walls. My large, cherry-wood desk is completely wallpapered in editorial
calendars, client information, trade publications, a NY Mets Bobbin'
Head Doll, and - oh yeah - a picture of my fiancee (that's why I wasn't
PR Week's Most Eligible Bachelor).
Do you socialize with your colleagues? Absolutely! We work long hours
together in the office and we spend long hours together outside the
office going to ball games and out for cocktails on Fridays (and
sometimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on
the stress). When we're not bracing ourselves for a predicted 'storm of
the century,' we go to the local park during lunch breaks and try to
hustle class-cutting high school kids on the basketball court.
How often do you see the boss? Not a day goes by when Joe Carabello,
president and CEO of CPRi, doesn't come by my desk to remind me that his
Yankees beat my Mets in the 2000 Subway Series. It's a sign of
affection, so he tells me. Of course his door, like all of senior
managements', is always open should I wish to pursue this abuse on my
Who is the smartest person you work with? Elected a 'Pioneer Woman of
the 90s' by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Laura
Carabello is the co-founder of CPRi. Without her 20-plus years of
experience in journalism, marketing communications and public relations
- as well as her endless energy, spunk and wit - CPRi wouldn't be the
unique concentration of talent, creativity and fun that it is today.
And your luckiest break? Having a name like 'Ihor.' I follow up with
editors and I don't ever have to tell them more than once where I am
calling from. After all, how many 'Ihors' are there in PR?
Number of employees: 42
Address: 370 North Street, Teterboro, NJ 07608
Phone: (201) 641-1911
Senior manager: Joseph Carabello, president and CEO
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