In this month’s “Meet an Arcweber” we sit down with project manager Jessica Victor and uncover that there’s always more to PM’ing than meets the eye…
Jessica Kate Victor.
Mostly variations on my name: J, JV, Victor.
Title and role at Arcweb?
Technically I’m a project manager, but I’m also the Chief Procurement Officer, event planner, operations helper… the list goes on and continues to grow.
What’s your tech setup?
I run a 13” MacBook Air and both my office and home office desks have a second monitor. I’m also pretty attached to my iPhone.
Where’d you go on your last vacation?
I went to Reykjavik, Iceland, and it was incredible!
What excites you about Arcweb today?
Watching us grow and expand. When I started we were just three people big. Seeing our incredible growth over the past two years has been amazing.
What apps/folders are on your phone’s home screen?
The standard fare: email, web, music, games. I put very few folders on the home screen so that my most used apps are immediately accessible.
What’s your favorite place to hang out in Philadelphia?
Last summer I loved hanging out at Spruce Street Harbor Park. I really hope they bring it back every year!
What were you doing before Arcweb?
Immediately after completing my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, I switched fields and started working for a few local, small tech startups. While I may not be using my degree in the way I originally intended, I feel that a lot of the concepts are useful in project management. I mean, my job is to get people to do things…
If you weren’t Arcwebing, what would you be doing?
The idealist answer is traveling the world! If not that, working for another small company.
Staten Island, New York.
What is one crucial element to a successful project?
Favorite innovation of all time?
For innovations in my lifetime, I’d have to say the internet.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
Z100’s Jingle Ball ‘98, it was great! (Editor’s Note: Z100’s Jingle Ball ’98 featured a number of performing artists including but not limited to Shania Twain, the Goo Goo Dolls and ‘N Sync. It is unclear which act was the main draw for Jessica.)
What do you tell your parents you do for a living?
That I manage a team of people who “make internets.”
Which fellow Arcweber would you trade places with and why?
Probably one of the designers. I think the concepts behind UX/UI are fascinating.
You get one superpower. What is it and why?
There is no debate to this question: telekinesis is the best super power. You can move anything and fly around at will.
When you’re not Arcwebing, you’re…
Thinking about or planning for the next place that I want to travel to. I’m also an avid reader, dessert baker, and frequently go up to NYC to visit my hometown friends.
Favorite book of all-time?
This is very hard for me to answer! The book that I have read the most, and made the biggest impression on me as a child that has stuck with me is The Giver by Lois Lowry. PSA: Last year I learned that there were three sequels to the book—and they are not worth your time. Avoid at all costs.
In your opinion, what’s the number one reason why a business would hire Arcweb?
The number one reason that a business should hire Arcweb is because of our commitment to producing quality work that we are proud to have made.
And that’s Jessica Victor. Email her to learn more about how to run an effective, efficient project.