Here at Pavilion, we operate like family — and we believe that family can be the people you choose. That said, we love to see actual family members in our ranks. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share Q&As with the Pavilion Members who also happen to be family members. Our second profile is on husband and wife duo John and Kathleen Booth.
Kathleen: I was looking for a new job back in the fall of 2019 and spread the word within my network. Suddenly, I started getting really good interviews for roles with exactly the types of companies I was interested in working in. When I asked how they had heard of me, they mentioned Pavilion (then Revenue Collective). It turned out that one of my connections was a member and had shared my resume in the Slack channel. As soon as I heard that, I applied to join.
John: Kathleen suggested I join.
PVLN: Who joined first? And how did that person convince the other person to join?
Kathleen: I was the first to join. As VP of Marketing in a startup company, I found a lot of value in having a network of peers to turn to for advice, help, and support. John is essentially in the same kind of role I am, just in a different company, and I knew he would benefit from it like I did, so I recommended he join.
PVLN: Is a revenue-focused career path common among your family members?
Kathleen: John and I started a business together the same year we got married. It was a marketing agency, and I was CEO, and he was President. We worked together for 11 years before selling the company. Since then, we’ve both worked as VP of Marketing for early-stage, VC-backed companies.
John: I began my professional career in sales and held various sales leadership positions before starting Quintain. I have always believed no matter what the role, you want to be close to revenue.
PVLN: How often do you cross paths in Slack channels or at events?
Kathleen: Funny enough, we don’t cross paths very often. One thing I love about Pavilion is how large the network has grown. We use it in different ways, and occasionally we’ll bump into each other or tag each other in a Slack conversation that the other might find interesting.
John: The one exception to this is when we both attend our home group (WDC) events, Kathleen is one of the co-leaders. I have been known to introduce myself as “Kathleen’s husband.” She is so active in Pavilion it seems everyone knows her.
PVLN: How often did you lean on each other for advice before Pavilion?
Kathleen: We’ve always relied heavily on each other for help and advice, starting when we worked together at our agency and continuing today both within Pavilion and in a private Slack channel that we have just with each other (yes, we are that nerdy couple that Slacks each other throughout the day — usually about work, but also occasionally about what’s for dinner or who has fed the dogs)
John: A day doesn’t go by when I don’t lean on Kathleen. To this day, I rely on her to proofread and edit my writing. It is rare that I find a new app or technology before her, although Pavilion has helped me with this. The Pavilion community is so collaborative and open to sharing ideas.