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Staff Profile: Steve Stroud

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Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

Let’s get to know Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Excited. Colorful. Bright.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: On a day off, usually you’ll find me in the yard. If I can work in my yard with my flowers, or grooming my yard, I love to be outside.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: A dream vacation would be somewhere in the South Pacific, hopefully sailing on a catamaran, or being on a beach.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: The most interesting thing not on my resume would probably be the days I was a camp counselor. Loved being a camp counselor in high school and college. It was a great opportunity to work with kids and spend time on Lake Michigan.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter, and not just a fireman, but an oil well firefighter. I thought that was just the coolest thing. I saw a movie one time with John Wayne called “Hellfighters,” and I thought it was a really a cool thing, and thought if you’re going to be a fireman, you might as well go all out.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I would probably bring my family, then a good book and some sunscreen.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would definitely have to go back to the late 50s and 60s: Havana, Las Vegas, Miami, the Rat Pack days with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would want to be Spiderman and fly through the buildings, no doubt.

Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: Probably the happiest is when I’m spending time with my family. I love to go to the beach, but I’m happiest spending time with them.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: Stay in the moment, take advantage of the moment, be present and don’t worry about the future. You have to keep the future in mind, but you also have to live today. We spend an enormous amount of energy worrying about what will happen tomorrow, and we forget to enjoy what we’re doing right here, right now.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: My role at Roswell Inc is to facilitate relationships, introduce people to each other, and try to create a better community for my kids, for the people that live here, and for the future.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: If there was a little kid here, I would say that my job is to make sure that the ice cream shop opens, and stays open, so that we can have ice cream every day.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: My favorite part about my job is helping people meet their dreams by opening their business, being successful, or solving a problem that helps them get to the next level so that they can really be and achieve the things they want to achieve with their business.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: By far, my favorite event is the Connects.  Connects have brought more people together, more businesses to do business with each other, and built more relationships than probably anything we’ve done, because it brings the business community and residential community together. It helps to see what services are offered here, and it truly brings that sense of pride that you can showcase your business, but more importantly you can meet others that do the same kind of business that you do day to day in Roswell.

Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

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Staff Profile: Carisa Turner

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Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

Let’s get to know Carisa Turner, Director of Communications & Public Relations at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Creative. Inquisitive. Driven.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: When I’m not at Roswell Inc, you can usually find me reading a book. I also like taking walks with my husband, and really anything that has me spending time with family and friends. I love watching my daughter grow up, playing with her, and seeing the world through her eyes.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: This is a hard one for me, because I would love to travel the entire world. If I had to pick, I would love to tour South America, with some very significant time in Argentina. I want to drink the wine, walk through and explore the city and learn to tango.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I am a songwriter. I have been playing piano since I was about four, and started writing music when I was 13 and have been doing it ever since. I actually have recorded and released a couple songs over the years. Songwriting is one of my biggest passions in life.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a reporter. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved writing and have always been intrigued by investigating and uncovering stories. When I was in 5th grade, I started a community newspaper where I would write stories and distribute it to the neighborhood kids. There was something really powerful to me about being a reporter and helping share and uncover stories. I think it’s really cool that I get to do that, in a sense, with Roswell Inc, as a sort of in-house reporter.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I’m kind of practical, so I would bring sunscreen, a journal and some books I’ve wanted to read.

Carisa Turner Roswell Inc
Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I think I would go back and see who my ancestors were. I think it would really cool to meet my great grandparents, and even my great-great grandparents, and be able to talk with them about their histories and stories.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like the ability to read minds. It would have to be something where I was able to turn it on and off, though, because it would be a lot to always be hearing people’s thoughts.

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: What makes me the happiest, outside family, friends and things like that, would be traveling. I really love traveling, and it’s even better when you do it with the people you love.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: The thing I find myself telling people most of the time is that sometimes you have to say “no” to good things in life in order to say “yes” to and accomplish the great things. It’s all about prioritizing and making space in your life for the things that are most important to you.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I oversee and lead all communications efforts for the organization.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I get to tell stories about what we do.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I am fascinated by the power of communication and the ability that it has to build trust with people and help an organization flourish. Being able to provide helpful, timely and compelling information that informs people, influences them and can really accomplish change in society … that’s a really cool thing.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: My favorite event would be the state of the city event that we do each year. I like that it’s the one time of year where all the community leaders are there, and you’re talking about where you’ve been, where you’re going, and casting a vision for the future.

Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

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Staff Profile: Debra Ewing

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Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

Let’s get to know Debra Ewing, Business Development & Outreach Coordinator at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Enthusiastic. Positive.  Determined.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: On a day off, you can find me playing with my grandchildren, either going to lacrosse games or going to riding events.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: My dream vacation would be going to Europe. I would love to see England, France or Spain.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I used to make all of my clothes: jackets, pants, and skirts. I tried bathing suits, and that didn’t work very well.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be an occupational therapist. In grade school we had a career day, and I thought it sounded so interesting.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: If this were a deserted island, I would bring my makeup, clothes and shoes, and a hairbrush.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would go back to pioneer times. I would like to be an early settler. Taking care of a family, being so determined, and seeing the country for the first time would have been so interesting.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like to be a super-speeder. Then I wouldn’t be late to any meetings, events, lacrosse games, riding tournaments, or Roswell City Council meetings.

Debra Ewing Roswell Inc
Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: My family.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: Be patient, whether in your career or in your personal life, and persevere.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I’m a problem solver. I like solving problems and helping businesses go through the process at the city, or even small issues for startups.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I help the candy store open, and stay open, so that my granddaughter can walk down from middle school and get her candy.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I love meeting people who are entrepreneurs. It is fascinating to hear people’s stories about how they decided to pursue a career. I am really impressed with all the people I meet.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: I think the Connects … they are really fun. I see people talking about their businesses and they’re excited, and it’s cool to see all the entrepreneurs together.

Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

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Staff Profile: Ashley Allen

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Ashley Allen of Roswell Inc

Let’s get to know Ashley Allen, Communications & Admin Coordinator at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Creative. Optimistic. Outgoing.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: You would probably find me with my husband and our three dogs either working on a woodworking project or a craft of some sort. In the winter, I do a lot of crocheting.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: I don’t think that my dream vacation would be a specific place. I love traveling, so I would go just about anywhere. It would be somewhere where the scenery is extremely different from here, for example Alaska, or the mountains, and somewhere where I would gain a lot of experiences.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I would say that I am really handy, which most people probably wouldn’t guess. I have done tiling, drywall, and I had a huge garden that I tilled myself.  I like making and doing things by hand.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: As a kid, I wanted to be a lot of different things. When I was really little, I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved to argue, and then as I got older, I started getting into art and drawing. I thought I was going to be a fashion designer, but I am not very good at using a sewing machine, so that didn’t happen.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I love survivalist shows. My husband and I watch them all the time. I think I would bring my husband, a fire starter so I can build a fire and cook the food that I am somehow going to gather, and lastly I would bring fishing line.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would probably go back to the 1920s.  I love art deco style … the architecture, the clothing and the music. I think that whole era is very edgy and different from other decades and would be really fun.

Ashley Allen of Roswell Inc
Ashley Allen of Roswell Inc

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: My superpower would be teleporting. I wouldn’t have to get in the car anymore and would be able to travel to all sorts of different countries without having to get on a plane or a boat.

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: Family. My husband and I are very close with both sides of our family, and we especially love going out of town to visit those who we don’t get to see very often.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: My best advice would be to know that everything happens for a reason. If you believe that, then nothing can stop you. You will never lose or be defeated, only challenged to learn and overcome.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I focus on the digital side. I coordinate our communications with email marketing and social media, as well as do our in-house graphics and things like that.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I visually help people understand our business, share ideas, and tell our story.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I get to do a lot of different things. My job is very versatile … it’s never boring. I get to meet a lot of different people, which I don’t think is typical of most communications and marketing positions. I get to be out there and hear everybody’s story, which I really enjoy.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: My favorite event is Roswell Leadership Focus. We’ve only done it once since I’ve been here, because we only do it every two years, but that was by far my favorite event that we’ve held. It was two days in Franklin, Tennessee, and I liked the work that lead up to it. I did a booklet that had the agenda for the trip and informed people about it, and it’s probably one of my biggest projects that I’ve done here so far. I also really enjoyed going to another city and seeing what they were doing and how we could learn from each other.

Ashley Allen of Roswell Inc

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Staff Profile: Stephanie Robertson

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Stephanie Robertson Program and Event Coordinator

Let’s get to know Stephanie Robertson, Program & Event Coordinator at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Caring. Faith-filled. Respectful.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: I enjoy hanging out with the family, watching my kids play sports, going to the movies, having family game nights and things like that.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: I would love to go to Italy for a month and visit the city, the countryside, everything.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I was a page at NBC in Burbank, where I was able to get a babysitting gig with Brandon Tartikoff, who at that time was the president of NBC entertainment. I would go to his house and he would show me new pilots of shows, and would even ask for my opinion.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I always wanted to be an architect, and then as I grew older, I realized I just wanted to be a mom.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I would bring my rosary, a really good book, and sunscreen.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would go back to when I was younger and we would spend summers with my cousins and all of us at Breezy Point in New York. We would go to the beach all day, come home and go down to the sugar bowl where they had Italian ice, walk to the ball fields, get a slice of pizza, and just spend time together.

Stephanie Roberston of Roswell Inc
Stephanie Roberston of Roswell Inc

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like the power to heal, whether it’s emotional or physical healing.

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: My family.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: The advice I would give is be respectful of people, be caring and kind, and also don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I help put together all of our networking events: Roswell Connects, Coffee Connects, Business Academies, and I coordinate with the various venues and the restaurants to help bring all of our Roswell businesses together so they can network and thrive.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I put together parties for people to come together so that they can work together and be friends.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: My job would not be the same without everyone I work with.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: I love Summer Sippin’ and Roswell Restaurant Week. I end up going to different places I haven’t been before, and I pull my friends in as well.

Stephanie Roberston of Roswell Inc

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