First of all, let’s give a big round of applause for Jacquie for receiving honorable mention as the Sales Student of the Year at the American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference. It’s been a busy year for Jacqueline Kine, the VP of Sponsorship here at the BCITMA, alongside completing her BBA and she’s surely ending with a bang!
As the VP of Sponsorship, Jacquie takes care of all things business. It is a sales-oriented role and requires carefully constructing and building strong relationships with corporations. For the BCITMA, these relationships are crucial because they allow us to relish in opportunities that may otherwise not exist. At the BCITMA Regional Conference, the Sales Competition was sponsored by TEKsystems and the Case Study Competition by Centra. These companies were able to network, judge and provide valuable industry-relevant feedback for students (and prizes for the winners!).
We are lucky to have the representation of Jacquie to help secure these valuable links with amazing companies such as Centra, Western Media Group, Qlik®, MediaValet, Sales Talent Agency and TEKsystems®. The support from these companies allow the BCITMA to grow professionally and reach new milestones. Alongside, these companies also benefit by working with the BCITMA in experiencing new opportunities for networking, exposure and growth.
Alongside serving as the BCITMA VP of Sponsorship, Jacquie is involved with the Leaders of Tomorrow Program and serves as an ambassador for the Great Canadian Sales Competition. Her contribution in all these crucial roles is truly inspiring and her departure from BCIT will surely be felt in all avenues. (Jacquie’s answers are in blue)
- Where were you before BCIT?
Before BCIT I was quietly contemplating my life working in the construction industry. I also did a bit of traveling in Australia, and Europe. Not to mention, I did a road trip to California—oh California dreaming.
- How do you balance all of your different roles?
I don’t sleep often… ha-ha but really. I couldn’t do it all without the support of my team. This year my team has worked really hard to exceed our goals. Truly, I think the best way to find success is to surround yourself with people who mirror that ambition. For me, those people are Robby Jones, Danielle Walkow, Andrew Barr, and Sean Vanderende.
- In what ways have the sponsors of this year helped the BCITMA reach new milestones?
The key to sponsorship is to provide members with the opportunity to learn/connect with industry. The Sponsorship Committee is relatively new, meaning that we are achieving new milestones each year by partnering with more companies and generating more donations.
- How has the BCITMA helped them?
Some businesses view recruiting similar to how they view dating. They want to get to know you and see if there’s a “fit” but they just don’t know how to approach you. The BCITMA is like the industry- student matchmaker. Through the BCITMA, businesses can show students what they’re all about, place interns, and hire new talent.
- What would be your dream product/service to sell?
Interestingly enough, I have an obsession with dogs. As a hobby job, I am working for a dog whisperer! So I guess in a way… I am living my dream.
- What would you hate to sell?
I would hate to sell something that I didn’t believe in. Mind you, I don’t believe that anyone can sell anything they don’t believe in.
- What do you hope to do after graduation?
BCIT makes it REALLY easy to project living forward rather than living in the present. Once I graduate, I hope to enjoy my life! I’ll be moving to the Okanagan and working as a Client Relations Manager for a digital marketing startup. Cool enough—I’ll also be working part-time (in sales) for a dog behavior specialist. Basically the “Canadian Cezar Milan”–how cool is that!?
That’s awesome that you’ll be able to merge your two passions together, Jacquie! Thanks for taking the time to conduct this interview and best of luck in the future with all your dog-related and unrelated endeavours!