/ ON BOARD WITH Christine Borkowski

In New York's Madison Square Park

In New York’s Madison Square Park

During her two action-packed years at our agency, Christine (STC’s public relations guru) has seen her talents extend into other areas. She handles press releases and the media, but also excels at writing thought-provoking blogs, social media content and digital advertising. “And, I’ve planned client trips,” says Christine, “one to Venice, Italy and a second to Lexington, Kentucky.”

You traveled to India for STC. Give us your impression.

It was a life-changing experience for me. It expanded my view of the world and helped me think of things on a global scale. It was also the most colorful place I’d ever been. We were there during Holi (The Festival of Colors) and it was great because we experienced the friendliness of the Indian people firsthand. We also visited STC’s India office and met with the team that we work with regularly — which was great.

What did you think of the southern lifestyle in college?

I loved the southern hospitality at James Madison University. But I believe the culture shock for me came from the fact that I was used to the beach. In Harrisonburg, Virginia it’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, cornfields and farms.

How different is Brooklyn from New Jersey?

It’s a big change because I grew up near New Jersey beaches. However, my family has roots in Brooklyn. I recently found out that my great grandmother moved there in 1912.

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

It’s between Back to the Future and Catch Me if You Can.

What was your impression of Memphis, Tennessee when you visited?

We went during the July 4th weekend last year. My girlfriends and I visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel which is the historic site of Martin Luther King’s assassination. It was interesting learning more about a major event in American history. We also watched a great fireworks display on the Mississippi River and visited Graceland. I’d say that Elvis was definitely “The King”.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Manhattan?

My go-to restaurant is Puglia, which has been in business since 1919, and is located at 189 Hester Street in Little Italy. The food is great, but it’s not the reason we go there. A singer named Jorge Buccio entertains everyone with Italian songs such as O Sole Mio. He definitely adds to the dining experience.

Tell us what it’s like to be a javelin thrower?

I did this sport in my junior year in high school. I found that it was all about technique: planting one’s feet properly and throwing the javelin correctly. Our strength training included weight lifting and cardio workouts. Ultimately, I was ranked 33rd out of over 1,000 female contenders in the state of New Jersey.

Do you have a favorite rock concert that you’ve attended?

I loved a Maroon 5 concert in Madison Square Garden that we attended because we were right in front of the stage. And I really liked a concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey where the stage swiveled so two different bands could play. One was called Weezer and the other went by the unforgettable name, The Flaming Lips.

Do you have a travel bucket list?

I’ve studied Italian for six years, so I want to visit Italy. I’d also like to go to Sardinia and Capri.

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