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I’ve been following Kelly Olexa for quite some time now.  I admire her energy, knowledge, experience and her willingeness to seemingly lifecast every aspect of her being.  I don’t know too many people who share more online than Kelly.  I find that courageous, amazing and totally awesome!

Tell us a little about yourself.

This could be 1200 paragraphs. My Twitter profile says:Sales and Marketing Diva, Fitness Fanatic, Starbucks Addict, Social Media Cupcake: Ford Fiesta Movement Agent, Sears Fit Club Partner. Show me the sushi.” That’s a brief glimpse into my life in 2010.

Where can we find you online?

On my blog: www.KellyOlexa.com, Twitter: @kellyolexa. For all the rest, just Bing Me.

When and how did you get involved in Twitter?

If I remember correctly, I checked Twitter out in April 2008 and thought it was ridiculously stupid. I came back later – around September 2008 and really “got it”, and stuck with it. Thank you @skwigg for being the one that really first pushed me there.

What is your discipline or profession?

A mixed blend of sales, marketing, business development, and social media. Oh, but wait, I’m also a blogger and soon to be published author. Overachiever??

How did you get into that area of expertise?

I inherited a knack for selling from my father, and a “think outside of the box” mentality is in my genes- that bodes well for biz dev. Social media happened without much planning but almost out of necessity after the company where I worked declared bankruptcy in 10/08. I dove into Twitter and never looked back.

What was the best job you’ve ever had (and why)?

Best job in the past was working for VHT.com. “Best boss ever” is likely the reason. I had a boss that let me “take the ball and run with it” and I did. He was tirelessly motivating and encouraging to me and to this day we are dear friends.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?  Who gave it to you?

Who gave it to you? My former boss at Fidelity said, “Always take the high road….” And he was SO RIGHT.

What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to the next gen that does what you do?

There is no shortcut to success. Be willing to hustle and EARN your future.

If not for your current position, what job would you most like to perform?

This will sound odd. Either a personal trainer (for real!) or anything to do with The Food Network.

Which Twitter connection would you suggest we follow & why?

I could easily name several hundred. And there are so many categories- humor, work, fitness etc. How do I choose? Probably @lizstrauss. She is brilliant on her blog, yet on Twitter she can be just as insightful in 140 characters. Hard to do as well as she does.

Whom do you consider your “on-line hero” and why?

Without a doubt- @garyvee (Gary Vaynerchuk) – it was his Web 2.0 speech that knocked my socks off and changed my life and career path forever!

How did you come to live in the Chicago area?

I moved to Chicago right after graduating from The Ohio State University. I wanted to move to Chicago or Miami, and well, Chicago is where the jobs were.

What’s your favorite thing(s) about living in the Chicago area?

The FOOD! Haha but after that, it would be living in what feels like the “heart” of the country- the center of it all- so easy to fly virtually anywhere in the country without TOO long of a flight.

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Sean McGinnis

Director, Digital Marketing at Sears Parts Direct
Sean McGinnis is Director, Digital Marketing at Sears Parts Direct. He is also a (digital strategist, blogger, consultant ) and public speaker. You can find Sean on