A connected and passionate communicator and successful entrepreneur, Julie leads client strategy development and oversees the hard-working team at (W)right On, inspiring excellence and achievement for the agency’s clients every day.
Originally from Vancouver, B.C., she began her career as a journalist, working as a radio news anchor. Today, her knowledge and skill in traditional public relations strategies and marketing communications is matched with her social media and online marketing know-how. Julie is a past chair of the San Diego North Economic Development Council Board of Directors and the President’s University Council, a community advisory group at California State University San Marcos. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and on the advisory board for RSI Systems International, developers of the RoomKey guest experience software for the hospitality industry.
Julie has achieved various recognitions for her community service and leadership, including being named a Woman Who Means Business by the San Diego Business Journal in 2010 and a 40 Under 40 honoree by San Diego Metropolitan in 2006. She received the Fran Aleshire Award for Community Leadership from the alumni of Leadership North County in 2009.
What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?
I would be the host of my own champagne travel show and leading champagne travel tours. (Don’t let me think too hard about this or I just might run off and do it!)
What’s one word you would use to describe yourself?
Fill in the blank. “If you really knew me, you’d know ____”
Where I’m ticklish.
What super power would you like to have?
What would a “perfect” day look like to you?
Wake to a Hawaiian sunrise. Go for a run. Eat papaya with a squeeze of lime for breakfast. Go snorkeling or diving. Sip a maitai by the pool. Nap. Go shopping. Buy a pretty dress. Wear it to dinner under a Banyan tree. Listen to the Hawaiian singers and watch the sunset.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the past year?
I’m happiest when I’m laughing.
Best vacation you’ve had?
See #5 (Hawaii). See also #1 (champagne).
Luck is opportunity meeting preparation.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would be cast as you?
What’s your drink of choice?
See #1, but I have many drinks of choice depending on mood or time of day. If you are talking happy hour, then I would say a pint of Avery White Rascal. But in the hot drink category, it has to be Good Earth Green Tea Lemongrass, which I have been hoarding since it was discontinued.
If you were stuck on an island and could only choose 5 CDs, what would they be?
The Eagles Greatest Hits
Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
Green Day’s American Idiot
Willie Nelson’s Greatest Hits
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Fill in the blank. “People would be surprised if they knew____”
I am not actually ticklish.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
The expression, “I know, right?” If you know, then why are you asking me?
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Favorite line from a movie?
“You don’t know what it’s like to be me out here for you. It’s a pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about.” – Jerry Maguire
Do you have an office nickname? What is it?
What’s the best/worst gift you have ever received?
For my 12th birthday, my mom bought me hot pink overalls. For my 13th birthday, she bought me banana yellow rugby pants. Not exactly what young teenage girls are hoping to get when they just want to fit in. My grandfather gave me a rake one year. I guess he thought I should be pitching in around his yard. And, to round out the list, I have to throw in the white yarn vest with tasseled fringe that my husband got me for my birthday the month after we got engaged.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Anything active. Run, hike, yoga, cycle, practice golf, walk the dogs…