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Meet the Chocomize team – Chris and Amy (Interns)

Get to know the Chocomize interns of Summer 2013!  Continuing with our ‘Meet the Team’ series that started last week in which we featured Leyda Hernandez, our Director of Marketing Communications, this week you’ll get an inside look at what some of our interns are up to, what their favorite bars are, and what their experience interning at Chocomize has been like.

Christos Papastefanou, Marketing Communications Intern - Chocomize

 

Christos Papastefanou, Marketing Communications Intern

Christos (commonly known as Chris) joined the Chocomize marketing department in June. He’s from Astoria, Queens, New York.  He has done a great deal of work with establishing a retail and wholesale model for our customers and has become a wiz with Magento, playing a supportive role in promotional and giveaway campaigns and helping us transition with the launch of our new responsive site.

What did you do before joining Chocomize?

Before working at Chocomize, I worked at several cafes as a barista and interned at a newspaper.

What school do you attend/attended?  In what area of study?

I attended Queens College and graduated in Spring 2013 with a major in Media Studies.

Three fun facts

1)      I wanted to be a sports broadcaster until I realized it wasn’t a good career move for me.

2)      I won an essay contest in High School that awarded tickets to the U.S. Open and meet-and-greet with Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick

3)      I want to save enough money someday to co-own a bar with my best friend.

What’s your favorite thing about interning at Chocomize?

My favorite thing about interning at Chocomize is the environment and the interaction with my supervisors about work.

Best experience at Chocomize so far?

My best experience at Chocomize so far was attending the Integrated Marketing Week conference in New York City. I feel that there is so much more to learn from people in the field than in a classroom. Learning about the ways marketing is changing is something that’s key because otherwise, you fall behind.

Favorite bar?

My favorite bar is Milk Chocolate, with gummy bears, sour patch kids, and nerds.

Christos@chocomize.com

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Amy Wang, Marketing Communications Intern

Amy also joined the Chocomize team in June and is from East Elmhurst, Queens, New York.  Amy has collaborated on lots of public relations and content marketing projects such as the blog, refer-a-friend initiatives, case studies, and our retail catalog. She’s learned to analyze strategic business partnerships and has presented cases as to what opportunities match our branding and marketing goals and are worth pursuing.

What did you do before joining Chocomize?

Before Chocomize, I was working at a wholesaler and interned at a non-profit where I managed various office activities- such as planning fundraisers.

What school do you attend/attended? In what area of study?

I am a senior at Binghamton University and graduating in Dec 2013. I am pursing a Bachelor degree in Marketing/Leadership & Consulting.

Three fun facts

  • I don’t drink soda
  • I love supernatural, mystery, drama T.V shows
  • I’m planning a to go to Europe soon

What’s your favorite thing about interning at Chocomize?

I get to see first-hand how a startup business is run.  The culture here at Chocomize is also amazing. Leyda and Fabian are very passionate about what they do and it’s been rewarding learning from them.

Best experience at Chocomize so far?

Going to networking events and contributing to Chocomize’s future success.

Favorite bar?

Love them all! The Cookie bar is awesome.

Amy@chocomize.com

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Linking Nobel Peace Winners and Chocolate Consumption

 

So we all know that chocolate is good for you right?  Well Forbes recently wrote an article linking Nobel Peace winners and chocolate consumption.  The article contains sayings like “Chocolate consumption has been documented to improve cognitive function” and ”geniuses are more likley to eat chocolate”.  Gee geniuses, you really you think so :) .

 

The article has some great facts and research supporting it.  See it here: Link between Nobel Peace Winners and Chocolate Consumption

 

Nobel Peace Prize

 

Chocolate is not just good, it's good for you!

Below you will find a recent study published by Forbes showing the affects of dark and mild chocolate. This 10 year study revealed that men who ate at least a choclate bar a week were 17% less likely to have a stroke. These changes can mainly be attributed to the benficial affects of flavenoids.

 

Check out this great chocolate article here.

 

For a Good Cause!

chocomize team member rally

Our Chocomize team member Philip is currently traveling around Europe spreading the word of Chocomize through goodwill.   With a car and a dream, Philip and his team will travel over 10,000 miles through Europe and into Asia.  The initial descent across Europe starts off in Great Britain.  From Britain, the team will travel across Europe in nothing but a customized car until they reach Mongolia.  Of course, the customized car will be decked out with its sponsorships from Chocomize.  That’s right, Chocomize is now applying our customization skills to cars, well sort of J.

 

Along their Journey into the unknown, the team plans to raise money for the Lotus Childrens Centere Charitable Trust (a charity that is dedicated to improving education for children in Mongolia by providing schools).  Through tales of adventure the team hopes to stir up enough commotion to raise over 15,000 towards the charity.  Here is one of their quit humorous tales from Bukhara, the capital of Uzbekistan:

Driving along happily due to the good condition of the asphalt (this road would still be illegally dangerous in European countries), we got stopped by the police. And Michel made a huge mistake: he actually stopped. Apparently speeding in Usbekistan is like speeding in Austria. The cops randomly choose a speed limit, the speed they think you were going, and the fine. In our case,100 dollars. It actually took all of Michel’s negotiation skills to adjust the fine to one pack of Turkish candy and one pack of Azerbaijani cookies.”

 

Chocomize wishes Philip’s team the best and hope they achieve all they set out to do.  To check out the charity the donations are going to click here: http://www.lotuschild.org/

 

 

New Addition to the Creation Station

Hey Chocomize Fans,

 

We currently have a new addition to our creation station. Chocolate label plaques! Our new labels are made of decadent white chocolate with a neat inscription. We currently have a few in stock, including a Congratulations plaque and Class of 2012 (for all your graduating family members and friends). There is currently a poll on our Facebook page asking customers and fans what new plaque they’d like to see added to the creation station.

 

Cruise on over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite! Current options include “Get Well!” “I’m sorry,” “Happy Father’s Day!” and, of course, Other. We would love to hear any suggestions you may have. Post it on our page! While you’re at it, check out our Favorites page and the newest additions from our Facebook “Create Your Own Bar” chocolatier competition: Up and at ‘Em, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Captain America bar, and the Sweet and Salty Utopia.

 

 

-The Chocomize Team