CAREERS: Where I Work - Ihor Andruch, account manager, CPRiCommunications

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

own accord.

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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