Habits: Kimberly Spell, CCO, NYC & Company

New York City is the best place to do business.

Morning ritual
Mornings start with yoga, a walk with my dogs Ellie and TigerJones, and a cup of coffee. Then I run through the New York dailies and read all the overnight reports from our international press offices. At 6:25am, I call our CEO George Fertitta to go through the day ahead of us.

Required reading
I can't go a day without scanning The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, DNAInfo.com, Politico, Le Monde, The Times of London, and Google alerts for "New York City." I also keep Bloomberg TV on in my office, usually muted, to check the news crawl and market reports.

Proudest career achievement
It came last December when the city's tourism industry reached Mayor Bloomberg's goal of attracting 50 million visitors to the Big Apple - a year ahead of schedule.

Most regrettable career moment
Turning down an opportunity to work on a nonprofit project in Afghanistan.

First PR job
My first job in communications was as a press assistant for former Gov. James Hunt (D-NC).

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
A framed photograph taken aboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier in June 2009. Our photographer captured a serene moment on deck just minutes before the Dutch royal family, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Mayor Bloomberg took the stage at our event kicking off a week celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York.

Favorite city to travel to on business
Of course, New York City is the best place to do business. However, we have offices in 18 countries, so I do get to travel outside New York. The creative culture and youthful energy of Berlin make it one of my favorites.

Best career advice you've ever received
I received the same advice from two different mentors, independent of one another: Don't personalize the actions of others around you.

Person to call in a crisis
I would call one of two people: Mark Fabiani, my former boss from Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign, or my indefatigable boyfriend.

Ideal job, if not in PR
I'd love to be a writer for a New York City-based sitcom.

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