Ad Exec Strikes Gold

Ad Exec Strikes Gold

First off, Reagan Gray, of Johnson Gray Advertising, wants everyone to know she is truly very, very sorry she dropped the Olympic Gold medal she insisted on handling and she will gladly pay to have the dent fixed.

The medal is the property of Kristine Quance-Julian, who was hired last month as an account coordinator at the Newport Beach, Calif., agency. The 26-year-old swimmer won the medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games and is now embarking on a career in advertising. When the brass at Johnson Gray realized their new hire’s résumé included an Olympic win, they pleaded with her to bring the medal to work so everyone could touch it—maybe even wear it around the office.

Quance-Julian says she doesn’t think the medal should be treated as something overly precious, and so she readily brought it in. But when it was Gray’s turn for a look-see, the usually sure-handed exec fumbled, dropping the medal, which bounced off a glass table and onto a stone floor.

“I don’t know how it happened,” says Quance-Julian. “But I heard a loud clunk and saw this look of horror on Reagan’s face. She probably apologized 100 times that day and offered to pay to have it fixed.”

For her part, Gray says it was an agonizing moment. “I don’t think I have ever felt so bad,” she says. “I’m so sorry.”

Eager to let her new boss off the hook and find a silver lining, Quance-Julian allows: “These things happen. It kind of adds character to the medal.”