May’s BN360 Spotlight Professional – Kristen Lopez

Kristen LopezThe Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.

Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.

Kristen Lopez
Account Operations Supervisor
Crowley Webb and Associates, Praxis Communications Division

Kristen Lopez joined Praxis in 2011 and has worked as a Patient Recruitment Coordinator, Senior Project Manager, and most recently as Account Operations Supervisor overseeing the company’s centralized recruitment and retention campaigns for global clinical trials. A division of Crowley Webb, a full-service marketing communications agency in Buffalo, Praxis is an industry-leading patient recruitment and retention company.

 First Job Out of School

Legal assistant for a local law firm

Career Highlights

Kristen points out that every project she works on is so different and they all have their own unique challenges. Each time the company earns repeat business from current clients is a highlight for her because it speaks to the daily hard work and accomplishments of the whole team, and the value put on the true partnerships Praxis has with its clients.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career

Always look for opportunities to pay it forward and always take the time to give someone else a leg up if you have the opportunity to do so.

 Volunteer Activities

  • Cleveland Hill Fire Department – Volunteer firefighter and treasurer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Kids in a Blanket – Yearly fleece blanket donation event for Roswell

On Buffalo Niagara

“I love being in Buffalo. The city has changed so much in the 10 years I’ve lived here. It’s exciting to see all of the growth and to watch the downtown area continue to transform.”

 Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara

 “I love having four seasons and everything there is to do in Buffalo all year long. As much as I enjoy 70’s and sunny, I think I’d get bored if it was like that every day. I also have a lot of family here in Buffalo so it was a natural fit for me to stay in this area.”

Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community

“I hope it continues on the upward path that it’s currently on. There’s so much that’s been done over the years, but also a lot still to do. I hope I can continue to be a small part of that growth and continue to make connections that enable me to contribute to the community here in Buffalo.”

 About Being a Spotlight Professional

“I am honored to be chosen as one of the 2018 Spotlight Professionals. I look forward to connecting with the others who have been chosen and am so grateful for this opportunity.”

Kristen’s 5 Favorites

  • Favorite Restaurant: Too many to name. Pizza is always a good choice.
  • Favorite Business Book: ‘The Tipping Point’ by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Black Button Distilling. Being from Rochester, I was so excited to see them open one here.
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Placid/Adirondack Area
  • Best Place for Wings: Bar Bill in East Aurora