Staff Member Spotlight: Meadhbh Sheppard

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Business Development Manager

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Meadhbh is an Irish national and has been the Business Development Manager for AIP since 2017. She has been living in Thailand for three years and has been well acquainted with the country's business network.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is definitely the time I took a two-week trip to Nepal. I loved almost everything about the place – the food, the scenery, the people, the weather! I had the opportunity to parasail there for the first time and see the Himalayas – but I didn't have enough time to step foot on them!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Before I began working for AIP, I didn't have much experience in the way of external communications. I think that skills-wise, I have developed a lot in this area be it by creating informational resources for incoming interns or reaching out to them directly to inform them of upcoming events and activities.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are a couple of our alumni who have been kept on as full-time staff after their internship. I had one of them tell me that his current girlfriend is actually also an AIP alumna. They met completely randomly and did not know that they both were AIP alumni until they both showed up to the same AIP event.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to take part in the PR & Marketing Internship in Japan as I have never been there and have heard nothing but good things about the food, culture, tourist sites and just the country as a whole! Also, Universal Studios is in Osaka, and I have been wanting to go there for as long as I can remember.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think what makes AIP unique is our close-knit team. We often work out together after work and socialize on Fridays. I am most proud to be a part of the AIP team when we get positive feedback from our customers who express happiness and appreciation for our service; it's a great feeling!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Objectively, I believe that marketing is an invaluable tool to businesses of all shapes and sizes, particularly if awareness plays a vital role in the business's success or your business is based online. Even small-scale advertising/marketing can see a noticeable change in website traffic and engagement.