Remember a few weeks ago when we introduced Bill Mastre? We waxed poetic about the fact that both Bill and his wife Kristin were both independent professionals, using coworking to make life easier. This week, it’s time to introduce Kristin, not just as a Cohere member (she’s been a member for a while) but in her new role as Cohere’s community manager.
Kristin’s introduction into coworking came as it did for many of us, in the form of Angel’s memorable Ignite presentation about collaborative work. “I was intrigued because she had been a coworker in a company with my husband and here she was with this brand spankin’ new business to share with Fort Collins,” Kristin said. “I loved the concept from the moment she spoke about it because community is a very important value to me. It resonated deeply and I knew that night that I was going to check out Cohere. I’ve been hooked ever since!”
That was around three years ago, and since then, Kristin has become a fixture in our community. Now that Angel’s taken some time off to care for her adorable baby, Kristin has come on board to help manage the day-to-day activities in her absence. In case you’ve never met Kristin, or aren’t sure what a community manager does at a coworking space, here’s the scoop:
What’s your job as the community manager?
KM: I think most of it is really just being there at the office with everyone. I’ll take people on tours and show them around, get their membership paperwork together, update our Cohere website with new member information, and brew a new pot of coffee every now and then. I organize some community events every month – one low-key fun related (usually revolving around food) and another that is more educational utilizing the expertise and talents of our members.
What kinds of questions do you love to answer for Coherians?
KM: I love sharing connections. A big benefit of Cohere is being a member to a pool of resources. Life as a freelancer can be scary and we depend on business referrals. I get the warm fuzzies when I’m able to connect people – one getting new business, the other finding an outstanding solution, both forming a fantastic relationship.
What’s been your favorite moment so far as community manager?
KM: It’s hard to say because I haven’t been in this position for longer than a month, but two moments stick out in my mind. One was the roundtable meeting we had with The Coloradoan. It was awesome that our group of tech savvy small business owners were able to give insight as to what kind of content would be useful to our community. The other is when I’m nose-deep in my work on my laptop and realize that I’ve worked through lunch. I haven’t said a word about it and before I know it, someone is offering to pick up lunch or coffee for me. That really has nothing to do with community management, but everything to do with the community.