Meet Challee Blackwelder, Creative Director based out of our Arlington, Virginia office. Challee joined the AvePoint family in November 2017 and leads the design team in providing graphics and video-related needs for the company.
In this post, she shares advice to future and new hires, career lessons, and a story about a cool encounter with a childhood idol!
How did you first learn about AvePoint and what drew you to your current position?
I came across AvePoint on LinkedIn while casually searching for new Graphic Design roles in 2017. I was ready to move onto something new and challenging. After my initial phone interview, I found that AvePoint was in the middle of a re-brand and I would be working with a talented international marketing department. AvePoint really fit the bill.
What advice would you give new hires?
Be hungry to learn and don’t be afraid to dive right in. At AvePoint, we really embrace the new age of digital information sharing, and it can be overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with all the tools. Give yourself time to learn the ropes. We are a community of helpers—don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues for help!
What are three career lessons you’ve learned so far?
- Show-up prepared and on-time
- Be a “yes” man – meaning, say “yes” to projects even if you don’t know all the answers right away
- Stay engaged with your professional community to grow and learn
What do you like most about your job?
I get to create work with and for an incredibly generous and talented team of professionals. In just over a year with AvePoint, I have enhanced and diversified my design portfolio more than the 5+ years at my previous in-house position.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?
People are what matter. Period. Cultivate the relationships of the people you manage, work with, create for – that communication and rapport will take me much further than my innate design skill.
What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Through high school and college I was a manager for a popular movie theater chain. I’ve SEEN some things. One summer, Michael Jackson frequented my theater with his kids to see “Underdog” and “Rush Hour 3.” For a kid (me) who had the 1988 classic “Moonwalker” on permanent rental for most of the 90’s, it was a completely surreal experience.
What is your favorite thing to do in your city?
I love morning runs around the D.C. monuments.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you…
- I have an identical twin sister living in Nashville, TN – best nurse on the planet.
- I have run 4 Tough Mudders – looking at number five this summer.
- I’m a bit of an aviation-enthusiast. Both my parents were active duty Air Force growing up, so I’ve frequented a ton of airshows over the years.