Having been with the Raleigh office for close to 20 years, Beth wears a lot of hats, working with product owners to support the sales team, taking responsibility for PowerSuite® for Manufacturers and PowerSuite® for Buying Groups, and leading TKXS integration work – which she describes as being like air traffic control – with Kevin Falank in the Charlotte office.
1. What five words best describe you at work?
Invested, brave, steadfast, paradoxical (I don’t make sense), amalgamation
2. What do you do to relax?
I garden – in a big way. I have a side business – Bloomin Apex – where I “cultivate” connections with my community. I design gardens, I landscape, and I even do personal shopping (related to gardening, of course). Container gardens, though, are my favorite. It takes about two weeks for one to “get pretty,” and as I create it, I usually do not have a particular client in mind. But then, when it’s done, somehow a need arises – and that container garden is just perfect for the occasion. I love flowers, and I think too many of them is best. (Follow Beth on Instagram at @bloomin.apex)
3. What’s your favorite book or movie?
This is actually hard for me. I read three or four books a week! But if I had to narrow it down, I’d say, anything by Brené Brown. My favorite quote is from her: Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fast, fun or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.
4. What are people surprised to learn about you?
People are often surprised to learn how much I do. I’m a writer and I’m an artist. I’m a landscaper and a designer and a photographer. Most of the artwork in my office, is something I made. At work, I’m all about staying within the lines and following processes and procedures. But at home, I am happily surfing chaos and am doing lots of creative things all the time. (Check out Beth’s website, bloominapex.com, which of course, she wrote, designed and photographed herself!)
5. What advice would you give a new TKXS employee?
I would say: It will be what you make it. Bring all the gifts you have and help us rise.