Name: Kim Olson
Current Position: Marketing Director and Project Manager
How long have you been with Prévu? I have been working with Julie since May 2010, since our iOffice days. It was a smooth transition for me as a project manager under the new company Prévu/Move Resource Group name.
Where are you from? Originally from Buffalo, NY but I have been in Cypress, TX since 1993.
What do you enjoy most about what you do? I absolutely love taking the stress of moving away from my clients. At the end of the day, nothing is more rewarding them seeing them happy and being told “Thank you, we could not have done it without you!”
What makes Prévu unique compared to previous work experiences? Previous jobs I was in more of a sales role, so the marketing part of what I do is similar. However the flexibility that this job provides myself and my family has been a true blessing. I am able to work from home often and be available when my children need me. The project management side of my job is like nothing I have ever done before but really enjoy it. I feel I took to it quickly and believe my psychology degree and calm personality helped equip me for working with people in a variety of stressful move situations.
What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? Of the marketing part, it is getting the word out about what we do and how we can help people who are moving. Of the project manager side, it would be to take as much stress off the client as possible.
What is the most challenging part of your job? Being creative and staying on task. I tend to get brain fog with marketing but am so thankful for an incredible team that I can confer with to get back on track. The biggest challenge with the project management part would be trying to read the clients mind. No two jobs are the same and there are not always black and white answers toward how to do things. Using training, logic and experience to determine who, what, when, where, why and how we do what we do, is a fun challenge.
What are your thoughts about your coworkers? They are amazing! The hard work and dedication to what they do is so admirable!
Favorite organizational item? Bins. I love everything sorted and put away. The clear containers from The Container Store are amazing, especially for the pantry. I like to see things but not have stuff falling off the shelf. Everything in its place!
What are your top 3 tips for someone moving? 1. Hire us! 2. Label everything. 3. If you have children, get someone else to watch them.
What are your hobbies? I have 2 little boys so they are pretty much my world. When I have time to “hobby” I enjoy doing crafty things, gardening, getting outside (camping, hiking, checking out new parks), baking, just to name a few.
What was the best vacation you ever took? I have been on some amazing trips but I have to say the best one was when my husband and I took a 3 week road trip and traveled up through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho (where we stayed for 10 days on my Aunt/Uncle’s property, which is 300 acres in the mountains) then back down through Utah and Arizona. It was amazing! So glad we did that trip before we had kids!
What’s your favorite coffee/food joint in your neighborhood? I love Mexican food and to me Gringo’s is the best. I also love Salata if I am in a healthier mood.
What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? When we were with iOffice we did a project for a cancer research facility. They had lab equipment I had never seen before and the most interesting part was the mice. They had rooms dedicated to the breeding, raising and testing of these rats and mice. It was so fascinating.
What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My cellphone! I seriously do not know how people made it through the day without it. It is my lifeline to friends/family, entertainment, map, fitness tracker, news source, weather center, social media avenue and occasionally I call someone with it.
What is your favorite show, movie or book? I am a binge TV show watcher. I do not get to watch a lot of TV but have a tendency to watch only 1 show until I watch every episode. My husband and I loved Dexter, Jessica Jones and we are big Walking Dead fans. Right now my husband is finishing up his graduate studies which means his evening are busy with school work so I am able to watch my “girl shows”. I have been into Fixer Upper and Call the Midwife lately.
Tell us about your family: I have been married to my amazing husband for almost 9 years, we have 2 incredible sons. We have some family close by that we see regularly and my parents live the neighborhood over so we are very close with them. The rest of our family is all out of state but we try to see them as often as we can.