Allison manages all aspects of Tiller operations as well as contributing to special projects like the national, multi-media advocacy campaign Leaders of the Lung Cancer Free World.
With a M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a career in finance, Allison also brings her financial knowledge and experience to many of our client engagements including branding, distribution and media audits and media relations efforts.
What keeps you busy besides Tiller?
My family and our ever-changing commitments, friends, and community involvement where I can make a difference with my limited free time. Currently, I’m on the board of a local organization dedicated to raising funds and hands-on participation to support performing arts programs in our public schools.
What is it about Tiller that makes you proud to do what you do?
Everything. First, Tiller’s mission is a win-win and I feel good at the end of every day that I’m not just helping to grow a company’s “bottom line” but to elevate a social purpose as well. Second, the bar is high here. Every Tiller associate is dedicated to providing an end product of the best quality. Last, but not least, I couldn’t ask for nicer people to work with.
What is your favorite book or quote?
To Kill a Mockingbird. My middle school English teacher pulled me out of the hallway, put it in my hands and said, “Read this — you will love it.” To this day it sticks out in my mind for two reasons: the wonderful teacher who took an interest in me, and the heroine who discovered an unlikely hero.
Prior to Tiller, have you ever had a job that had a profound impact on you? How?
My first job was serving customers at McDonald’s while in high school. I learned two important business lessons there: first, that there is always something you can do to better serve your customer — so keep moving, and second, the customer is usually right — particularly when he or she is hungry.
Where do you see the business environment going in the next five years?
In the last few years events in the markets and the world in general have heightened our awareness of the fragility of peace and “good times.” I’m hoping that the focus on enhancing corporate profits and economic stability will coincide with a focus on sustainability and individual well-being.