Today we are learning a bit more about Ian McIntosh, Native’s Director of Account Management. Ian is the newest member of the Native team, and he is a super smart, often hilarious addition. As our head of Account Management, Ian is a busy guy, but he was able to take a few moments to tell us a bit about his career path, his work at Native, and where he imagines himself in the future. We hope you enjoy getting know a bit about Ian!
Tell us a bit about your career path?
The majority of my career has been spent working with high school and college students. Wether that be on the ground directly as an Area Director for YL, creating activation events for HS students and community engagement through fund raising, partnering with local community groups, or working with Royall and Company, building audiences and advocating for colleges looking to increase their personal year over year recruitment goals.
What is your favorite social media site?
Instagram, my background in art always tends to draw the most out of me. I’m a visual guy at the end of the day. It also is just an incredible tool that has introduced me to countless artists I never may have discovered across the world otherwise.
What do you like most about your job?
The people and the fact that everything is different every day. It is like a problem solving puzzle on how to best communicate and for who, with a number of clients with completely different needs.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Probably the same things that keep it rewarding! It is constantly shifting gears to think about a completely different clients and how to best help them. Honestly, if it wasn’t that way though, I wouldn’t want to be in this line of work.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Continuing my work with Native and helping businesses solve their unique communication and creative needs.
What is the song currently looping?
I keep playing Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra’s “Cold Canary Gaslight”.
Do you have a work mantra?
Never stop learning is just something I have thought for a long time. Closest thing I have to a work mantra.
What advice do you have for other people trying to break into your field?
Find people who are willing to teach you and stick with them. Every job and role I have had has come from great conversations and people being willing to walk along side me and help me grow.
What is your dream job?
When I think about alternative jobs to what I am doing, I often think I would truly enjoy owning a winery in upstate NY.
Describe yourself in three words.
Boisterous, Thoughtful, Direct