KEH Stories: Malinda Caesar
Here’s your insiders look into KEH Camera and the KEH team. Check out #KEHSpotlight each month where we’ll showcase team members. This month we interviewed Front Desk Receptionist, Malinda Caesar!
Thanks for agreeing to share your background with our customers. To begin, please tell us a little about yourself.
My pleasure! My name is Malinda Caesar and I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and I have an active 6-year-old son named Adonis.
I am one of the very few people here at KEH that is not a photographer. I have years of experience in retail and even more years of experience in the restaurant industry. Over the years of me working here at KEH, I have grown to enjoy and respect the art of photography.
How long have you been a KEH employee? What is your role (s) here at KEH and what does it entail?
I have been a KEH employee since 2014, so about 5 years. My first 3 years here at KEH, I worked in the eBay department writing listings for the camera equipment being sold. Now, I am the Front Desk Receptionist, so I do a lot of the administration work.
My role includes greeting every guest that comes into our facility, as well as answering the emails of various departments. I am also the Chat Agent on our website; so if you ever think you're chatting with a robot, that robot is me!
What is your favorite thing about your role here? How does your role support our overall mission?
My favorite thing about my job is being able to talk to all the guest that come in. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many photographers that travel here, to Atlanta, just to say they’ve been to KEH! I’m also very talkative in general, so being able to interact with the guest face-to-face is by far the best part of my job.
The future of KEH is so bright! Share with us in on what you’re most excited about and what keeps you motivated in your position.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in management. I’m most excited about all the new ideas our leadership team has in store for our customers. We have a team full of talented and energetic people. Our staff, as well as our customers, keeps me motivated in my position. Being able to put a smile on people’s faces is the best feeling in the world, to me.
Here’s a fun question, if you could BE any camera what would you be and why?
Interesting question. I think that I would want to be a Hasselblad 500CM Black Medium Format Camera. The reason is simply only the most patient photographers dare to use this camera. There are so many parts that you need to use this camera, but the outcome is very gratifying.
Do you have other special talents or hobbies?
Yes, I do actually. I love to sew! I know you don’t hear a lot of people my age saying that too often. It is so relaxing and comforting at the same time. In my spare time, I make baby blankets, tote bags and pillows. Eventually, I want to make prom dresses and women’s clothing. Maybe even have my own fashion line.
Is there a quote/saying you live by?
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you”.