As more and more businesses, nonprofit groups, media companies, and enterprise-level corporations are understanding the power of WordPress, with the platform taking over more than 30% of the internet, website design and development agencies like WebDevStudios (WDS) are growing because client projects are increasing. These same client projects wouldn’t be able to stay on budget and be delivered on time without the coordination and organization of a good project manager. That’s why WDS has added two new ones to our team. Please take a moment to get to know our newest project managers, Christine Dixon and Jessica Lujan.
Christine joins WDS with more than eight years of experience under her tool belt and a passion for organization and planning.
“Doesn’t everyone get excited about making lists and color coded spreadsheets?” Christine jokes. “Organization is something that has always been a big motivator for me and helps me feel in control in all facets of life. I know it sounds really weird to most people when you say you love to organize, but you can ask anyone that knows me and they’ll vouch for it.”
Apparently, she’s gone as far as creating color-coded family vacation spreadsheets, but what it really comes down to for Christine is that she loves to use her skills and passion of organization to help those around her to be able to focus on the skills they excel at and therefore create a team that performs as efficiently as possible to achieve success.
At one point during her career, Christine ran her own digital media company focusing on computer graphics, web/mobile applications and online growth strategies.
“My company taught me a lot of things, very quickly, with one of the key lessons being that I would rather be the one managing projects as opposed to producing the products, which is a key factor of being a project manager today,” she says. “However, one of the most important things I learned was the appreciation for everything that goes into creating a successful project and in return a successful business. It’s very easy to get caught up in your own role and tasks, but being so aware of how much work goes into every decision in a business allows me to show my teammates empathy, appreciation, and support which I believe in return makes me a better project manager.”
When Christine learned of the open project management position at WDS, she was drawn to how dedicated and active WDS is in the WordPress industry, not to mention just how great the group appears to be.
“There are so many things I’m looking forward to as being a part of WDS, but I think the biggest thing is just being part of a team that seems to truly have a passion for the work they do and working with such skilled individuals in the industry,” Christine explains. “There’s just something so motivating and exciting about working with others who you can count on and who want to take pride in their work and just knowing that I can now be a part of that.”
Jessica’s past work history includes team leadership, copywriting, process improvements, and system integration project management. What interests her about project management is that she can flex her organization and communication muscles.
“I love seeing how all of the different cogwheels work together to produce a great product or service,” Jessica clarifies. “It’s cool to get to work with a variety of teams and project types. It excites me to see how all of the hard work pays off with a product or service that the client can use to make their life better or easier.”
Having worked with WDS Communications Specialist, Laura Coronado (that’s me!), previously at an eCommerce company, she was aware of WDS and the open position, saying, “Laura introduced me to the company and from everything I had heard, she absolutely loves working at WebDevStudios.” Adding, “After further researching the company and its culture, talking to Lisa and Cristina about their experience working at WDS, and seeing how the company gives back through Five for the Future, I decided that it would be a great opportunity to further my repertoire of project management experience and work for a 100% distributed company with developers and employees around the world.”
Jessica also says that she enjoys learning new systems and processes. She looks forward to continuing to learn more about WordPress, getting to know the WDS team, and contributing to client projects. “I can’t wait to meet the team in person during the annual company retreat,” she says.
Have our new project managers piqued your interest in working with WDS? We’re hiring a sales rep and engineers. View our job openings and apply today.