Elizabeth Lombardo, 31

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Account manager, Wilson Creative Group

Managing a roll of 25 to 30 clients takes a lot of organization, says Elizabeth Lombardo.

The Wilson Creative Group account manager is responsible for client management, influencing creative work and adhering to marketing budgets at the Naples-based advertising agency.

She started in the role in 2015 and says the average workday involves “lots of meetings and lots of emails.”

Lombardo says she uses several methods to keep work for each client organized, including taking detailed meeting notes. “You always refer to them,” she says. When she returns to the office after a meeting, she facilitates the immediate needs of that client.

She touches base with each of the agency’s clients daily or every other day. That helps keep them on schedule.

To keep track of projects, Lombardo and other staff use production schedules and creative briefs. The briefs are frequently reviewed as a team, she says, “just to ensure the accuracy of what the client wants and that we’re all working together.”

The advertising world isn’t a solitary business, and that fact comes into play every day. “Working so closely with a group of great people, you have to be patient,” she says. “You work with each other and collaborate with your team to come up with your best results.”

Lombardo says listening is a key trait in her line of work, too. “This is a creative atmosphere, and you have to listen to everyone’s ideas. No idea is a bad idea.”

The variety that comes with Lombardo’s job can make it demanding, but it’s also what she appreciates about it. “In advertising, you kind of learn every day,” she says. “That’s what I love. It’s something different. You’re always being faced with new challenges, and I really like that aspect of it.”

— Grier Ferguson

Survey says

Name: Elizabeth Lombardo

Age: 31

City of residence: Naples

Employer: Wilson Creative Group

Title: Account Manager

Birthplace: Sarasota

Years on the Gulf Coast: 31

Marital status/children: Single/one child, boy, 5 years old

Alma mater/degree: Florida Gulf Coast University, Communications

Messy desk or clean workspace: Clean, very clean.

Eat lunch out or at your desk: Eat lunch out

Best business lesson ever learned: Be confident enough to admit and accept my flaws and to take calculated risks

Weirdest job you’ve ever had: None really. Most out of character was a tanning salon while in college.

A website that makes your job easier: Google

App you use the most: Probably the calculator

One thing you do everyday: Talk to my parents

Community group you’re most involved with: CBIA – Sand Dollar

Favorite off-hours activity: Binge-watching Shark Tank

Two people, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with: Elon Musk and Steve Jobs

What you would be doing if you could pick another career: Anything to do with cars!

Top item on your bucket list: That’s a tough one; either visit the Pyramids in Giza or Sleep under the Northern Lights in Iceland

Your happy place is: Being around people I love!

Your biggest fear: Being mediocre; falling short of my goals

Skill you’d like to learn: Graphic design or code

Describe yourself in three words: Confident, self-starter and open-minded

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