Charged with a wide range of projects of critical importance, Rachel Kramer’s versatile skill set has proven to be particularly advantageous in her responsibilities as business development representative for QASymphony. The Atlanta-based company focuses on software development and test management tools, both of which are included among Ms. Kramer’s vast areas of professional expertise. Over the course of her professional career, Ms. Kramer has earned a reputation for an exceptionally professional approach and is widely regarded for her ability to foster positive collaborative efforts within each company with which she has previously been associated.
Although Ms. Kramer is known for her expert insight on matters relating to test management software — and JIRA test management tools in particular — her role with QASymphony is quite expansive. As the company’s business development representative, Ms. Kramer is still able to offer her insight and expertise on a wide range of software-related issues. In addition to providing a great deal of software-related advice, Ms. Kramer is also charged with leading the effort to further develop and expand business operations in a way that ensures sustainable growth and long-term viability.
Ms. Kramer is able to draw on an extensive professional background as well as relevant academic experience in her role with QASymphony, and she holds several degrees earned from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Kramer currently lives just outside of the city in which she completed her degrees, so she is close to her place of employment but even closer to the national parks and recreation areas in which she frequently hikes and backpacks.
Although she elected to remain in Atlanta after completing her academic coursework, Ms. Kramer is an accomplished traveler and has visited some of the most unique destinations located inside and outside of the United States. Traveling for recreational and professional reasons, Ms. Kramer has visited every continent and has backpacked all over the United States and Europe on multiple occasions.
1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?
There is just so much that I enjoy about traveling, but I have to say I most enjoy the opportunity to meet new people.
2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
I’ve always traveled, so it is a lifestyle for me. My family went on trips all over the world even while I was young, and I’ve had the travel bug ever since.
3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
The Pacific Northwest is by far my favorite place to visit, and it is certainly among the most beautiful.
4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
I have a few short backpacking trips planned, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.
5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
You don’t necessarily have to travel a great distance to have a life-altering travel experience.
6. Where would you like to go?
I think I would like to visit some of those tiny islands in the South Pacific, especially the ones that have been relatively unchanged.
7. Where would you like to revisit?
I would never turn down an opportunity to visit any location that falls between Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
8. Do you travel alone? Why?
Sometimes it is just the most practical way to travel, but I like having travel buddies too.
9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
Olympia, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
After backpacking so many times, I am just in the habit of packing light no matter what.