Category: Blue Room

25 Jan 2018

The Blue Room – Meet Joan

A new year, a new Blue Room! Let’s kick off our first employee spotlight with Crisp Marketing’s biggest sweetheart – Joan!

 

What is your title at Crisp Marketing?
Content Developer

How long have you worked for Crisp?
Nine months.

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.
Write articles for our websites.

 What are 3 words you would use to describe Crisp Marketing?
Fun, creative, hardworking, a little silly.

What do you like most about working for Crisp Marketing?
The relaxed atmosphere.

Do you have an office nickname?
JB

What is your favorite thing about living in Memphis?
The friendliness of the people and people’s smiles.

 Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?
I was an intern for a website being produced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

What month and day is your birthday?
May 3

Where did you go to school?
The University of Texas at Austin

What is your favorite movie and book?
I love all of Jojo Moyes’ books. She has a new one coming out January 30!

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)
I have three young kids, and I write poetry.

What’s your favorite travel spot?
Nantucket, Mass.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
J.D. Salinger

What did you want to be growing up?
An actress and an author.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
“The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer.”

 

 

28 Jul 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Kirk

Welcome back to The Blue Room! This month addition spotlights one of our team members so that you can get to know them better. This month we have the pleasure of getting to know our Content Director, Kirk Cassels!

 

What is your title at Crisp Marketing?
Content Director

How long have you worked for Crisp?
3 months come July 27

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.
I manage the content team and work with the design team to produce engaging editorial, advertorial and informational material for our audiences across our social media, web, and newsletter channels.

What are 3 words you would use to describe Crisp Marketing?
Innovative. Creative. Fun.

What do you like most about working for Crisp Marketing?
I enjoy the experience of collaborating with everyone as we test new methods of content delivery and revamp common ones as a means of figuring out where, when and how we best engage our audience.

Do you have an office nickname?
It’s very easy to call me Captain Kirk, despite my lack of knowledge of “Star Trek.”

What is your favorite thing about living in Memphis?
The food has been my favorite thing about Memphis. It may be too much of my favorite thing as it’s been a blessing for my palate but a curse for my love handles.

What month and day is your birthday?
August 14

Where did you go to school?
Undergrad at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY
Grad school at Temple University in Philadelphia (a city reminds me a lot of Memphis)

What is your favorite movie and book?
“Aliens” or “Django Unchained” for movie.
“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” or “Invisible Monsters” for book.

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
“Here’s the thing…”
“Someone called me jeopardy to society, so I called him a price is right to society”
“If you can’t write the truth interestingly enough, then don’t bother with writing fiction just yet.”

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)
I love to ski, which has been a difficult-to-appease urge since moving to a place that’s 7 hours from the closest mountain. But it’s been worth it because I came to Memphis to be with the person who just became my fiancée and she’s worth all the skiing vacations combined. I tend to be a bit shy at starting the conversation but then end up being the one who won’t stop it. I grew up with dogs and love dogs, but became a cat owner during the last 20 months and have grown fond of them as well. We have fish, too, but frankly I find them boring. I may be the only person I know who owns a croquet set.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Pretzel M&Ms

What’s your favorite travel spot?
Eastern Long Island after Labor Day, but before September ends.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?
Work hard, play hard. I try to keep life outside of work as leisurely as possible, and have been referred to as a goofball often. Growing up watching a lot of movies and television has given me a database of useless information unless it’s at pub trivia or making asinine allusions by comparing current events to some fictional material.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
Although he wasn’t a personal inspiration to me, I think hanging out with Muhammed Ali at the peak of his boxing career would be as exciting a day as it could get. His personality, talent, and presence was a force of nature unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Did anyone influence your decision when building your career? If so, who?
My high school English teacher taught me a lot about how the skills involved in journalism and analytical writing can be applied to about any industry, and that a night home with a movie or two is better for you and less expensive than a night out partying hardily.

What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be a professional athlete who, after a bad injury, switched careers to be a sports doctor to help take care of his teammates.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
Don’t count how many heartbeats you’ve used up or have left, just make each one count.

22 Jun 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Hannah

Welcome back to The Blue Room, where we spotlight one of our team members and get to know them! This month’s feature member is our in-house Content Developer, Hannah Verret.

 

What is your title at Crisp Marketing?
Content Developer

How long have you worked for Crisp?
2 months!

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.
Generally, I research and write articles along with the rest of the team… with some Facebook and website content thrown in as well.

What are 3 words you would use to describe Crisp Marketing?
Fun, Caffeinated and Busy.

What do you like most about working for Crisp Marketing?
All the snacks, for sure.

Do you have an office nickname?
Yes, but it depends on who you ask about it for the answer. Sometimes it’s Fight Club Hannah and others it’s Tropicana Hannah.

What is your favorite thing about living in Memphis?
That Grit N Grind, dude! I love the community and spirit of the whole city. I love that people love Memphis so much.

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?
Before Crisp, I worked at a car dealership… so every day was a new kind of crazy and you never knew what to expect.

What month and day is your birthday?
September 10th!

Where did you go to school?
University of Memphis, GTG!

What is your favorite movie and book?
Favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and my favorite movie is Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp.

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
I say “dude” far more often than I should. My response to almost everything is “oh” and “I’m going home” so I think that says a lot about me.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)
I’m very close to my family and friends. On top of spending time with them, I enjoy going to the Grizzlies games, reading and hanging out with my puppy dog, fluff cat & ducky girls.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Cheese fries!

What’s your favorite travel spot?
So far, London! I still have plenty of traveling to do though.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?
If you asked my mom she would say something along the lines of, “Hannah likes to act tough and mean on the outside but she’s actually very loyal and soft-hearted.” If you asked my best friend she’d probably say something along the lines of, “She’s crazy, but she’s my Nan and I love her. She’s my person.”

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
JOE JONAS. Because I’ve loved him for a very long time and we’re going to get married one day, okay?!

Did anyone influence your decision when building your career? If so, who?
I have a few people who pushed me in the right direction. I had a high school teacher, Mrs. Young, who was in charge of the yearbook staff and always pushed me to do my best work. My mom has always been my number one fan and she’s guided me to do what I love.

What did you want to be growing up?
I alternated between a Vet and an Animal Cop.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
“I Am Groot.”

31 May 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Sarah

Welcome back to The Blue Room with Crisp Marketing! This month we’re spotlighting one of our newer additions to the team – Sarah!

 

What is your title at Crisp Marketing?
Junior Graphic Designer

 

How long have you worked for Crisp?
2 months

 

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.
I make things look pretty.

 

What would your coworkers tell me if I asked them to tell me about you? In other words, how are you known at work?
Hmm.. Well, I’ve only been here for 2 months so this question is a little hard to answer. I would guess they would think I am polite, enjoy laughing but quiet at times.

 

What do you enjoy most about your current position?
I love the creative nature of my job.

 

Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?
Definitely right-brained.

 

What are your favorite places to go in Memphis?
The zoo is always fun. The botanical gardens big back yard, and the children’s museum are also popular among my crew.

 

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?
Working as a clerk at a family law practice was pretty interesting.

 

What month and day is your birthday? 
July 26th

 

Where did you go to school?
Mississippi State University

 

What is your favorite movie and book?
Movie: Spaceballs
Book: The Count of Monte Cristo

 

Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?
Leonardo De Vinci
Robin Williams
Edgar Allen Poe

 

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)
When I am not designing away here at Crisp or on freelance jobs you will probably find me carting one of my three kids around to various activities.

 

Tell us a story about something cool you have done – a vacation, accomplishment, something like that.
I once won a trip to New York to compete in the national paper rock scissors championship.

 

Describe your teenage self. What were you like as a teenager?
Musical, Artistic, Silly, mall rat.

 

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?
My family and friends would probably describe me as a goof ball.

 

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
Um Jesus. Why? Because it’s Jesus!  No matter your religion you can’t not be interested in meeting him.

 

What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?
No mistake is ever too big.

 

What advice would you give your teenage self?
Don’t take things so seriously. Accept the fact that there will always be things you don’t know and things to learn.

 

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. – Gordon B Hinckley

17 Apr 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Jake

Welcome to another edition of The Blue Room here at Crisp Marketing! This month’s spotlight falls on one of our in-house graphic designers, Jake Call.

What is your title at Crisp Marketing?

Lead Web Designer / Graphic Designer

How long have you worked for Crisp?

2 years and 10 months

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.

My role at Crisp Marketing is to design solutions with high visual impact. I cooperate with the Marketing Director, Marketing Coordinator, Content Developers, and Graphic Designers on a variety of web projects including websites, wireframes, landing pages, and co-registration paths.

What would your coworkers say if I asked them to tell me about you? In other words, how are you known at work?

My coworkers would probably say that I’m a movie junkie because I’m constantly carrying on conversations strictly in movie quotes. I think they would also say that I’m a private person; however, it’s not so much that I am secretive, but rather getting to know me is a gradual process that cannot be rushed. I think patience and the incremental building of trust rewards people with genuine, intimate relationships.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

Using my initiative to solve design related problems is definitely an aspect I relish, but what I enjoy most about my current position is definitely the friendly, helpful, and collaborative atmosphere provided by my coworkers. The workplace is a joint space, and teamwork makes the dream work.

Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?

I’m probably more left brained, but I strive to reach a level where both my right and left hemisphere are in perfect harmony. Rather than dominating each other, they work together to create a well-balanced “me”.

What are your favorite places to go in Memphis?

Memphis is my home, and I love it dearly because there are tons of fun activities and more importantly…places to EAT! Robata – Ramen & Yakitori Bar in Overton Square is a quaint Japanese restaurant with some great appetizers (Crispy Eggplant…YUM). Beauty Shop in Cooper Young offers tasty brunch. Las Delicias, DeJaVu, and Jerry’s Sno Cones are frequent visits as well. The places where I have a lot of fun include: The Dixon Art Museum, Shelby Farms Park, and The Orpheum Theatre.

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?

I wish I had more life experience that comes with unusual jobs, but sadly I do not. I used to work for two businesses under one roof. P.T. Squared: Physical Therapy & Personal Training in the Collierville Towne Square used to house Cheers Event Planning, and I was the graphic designer for both companies. Working for two completely different establishments at once was definitely interesting, but I’m a Gemini so it also felt like home.

What month and day is your birthday?

Birthdays are interesting to me. If babies grow in the womb for nine months how come they aren’t declared nine months old when they are born? Maybe we should change birthday to Conceived Day? My birthday is June 8, 1988, so I’m 28 years and 9 months old.

Where did you go to school?

The University of Memphis is my alma mater where I studied graphic design, but as far as life lessons I credit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Do your stuff Hufflepuff!

What is your favorite movie and book?

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is my favorite movie and City of Thieves by David Benioff is my favorite book…so far.

Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?

Qualities that I admire in people, famous or not, include: empathy, intelligence, positivity, individuality, and reliability. I can’t really relate to famous people because I don’t have the desire to be in the public eye. The author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, is someone I admire because his works are brilliant and yet he remained reclusive for the majority of his life.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)

I collect PEZ Dispensers and I’m a whip fanatic. The Cattleman’s Crack is my specialty. Also, I love going to the movies, reading, and drawing.

Tell us a story about something cool you have done – a vacation, accomplishment, something like that.

Las Vegas is one of my most memorable vacation destinations. I’m a fan of the American Southwest, and it was my first time seeing such stunning geographical formations. It was also my first experience with an arid climate, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned while walking through Sin City, it’s that you’ve got to have water with you at all times. A traveling buddy suffered a scary case of dehydration and wound up in the Vegas ER…the VEGAS ER, filled with every colorful character you can imagine including a very broken Elvis – a boo hoo baby.

Describe your teenage self. What were you like as a teenager?

I was a pretty straight laced teen. Decent grades in school, and really wasn’t involved in extracurricular activities other than the Art Club. A lot of the characteristics I had as a teen I’ve carried over into my adult life, some of which are good and some I’m still working on. Yet, I can say with confidence that I’m a little wiser now.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?

My friends and family would probably say that I’m silly. I’m very playful outside of work and I love to have fun.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?

I’d like to time travel to the actual period of my choosing with my best friend and hang out with the influential figures of the age. It’s a tie between Ancient Greece/Rome and The Renaissance. These periods had such vast amounts of knowledge, philosophy, medicine, art, language, law, and societal reformations that inspired modern innovations. On the journey I’d like to hang out with Aristotle, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.

What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?

Be eclectic in your interests and diversify different aspects of your life to gain satisfying and profitable experiences.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Invest in social media platforms because those are going to be big. Education happens in and out of the classroom, so never take it for granted. Cultivate patience and empathy, and be open to new perspectives.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?

Never underestimate the value of encouragement.

07 Mar 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Jason

Welcome back to the Blue Room with Crisp Marketing! This month’s spotlight will be on Jason Harmon, our Senior Marketing Coordinator here at the Memphis office.

Hi Jason! Let’s start off with how long you’ve been part of our team here at Crisp?

On my 5th year

Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.

Everything from ROI reporting to managing the design team

What would your coworkers tell me if I asked them to tell me about you? In other words, how are you known at work?

Funny, goofy, understanding, and dedicated?

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I enjoy my work very much, and I appreciate the people that I work with.

Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?

I’m pretty evenly both.  Even took an online test that proved it. Ha.

What are your favorite places to go in Memphis?

Zoo, Grizzlies Games, Redbirds Games, Wolfchase Mall

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?

My first job out of college.  Working for the world’s leader in aftermarket racing parts… COMP Performance Group. Went to a LOT of professional car races.

What month and day is your birthday?

August, 23

Where did you go to school?

Proud graduate of Arkansas State University

What is your favorite movie and book?

I have a favorite in each genre, not an overall.  Like… Forrest Gump, American History X, Seven, Major League, Undercover Brother, etc.

Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?

My First is Ken Griffey Jr.  In my opinion, he’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He inspired me to play and also was a perfect family man/role model.

My Second is probably Martin Luther King Jr. What he did and during that time is simply mind-blowing. Great man.

The person that I look up to the most of all, however, is my mom.  She passed in 2001 from a brain tumor, but she taught me all the good things that make up my strengths, and I carry all of it over to how I raise my daughter.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work. (hobbies, family life, side jobs, etc)

I have an amazing daughter that is my entire life.  Outside of that, I still coach youth baseball, and I watch a lot of sports.  Any time I can see a game… I do.

Tell us a story about something cool you have done – a vacation, accomplishment, something like that.

My most memorable vacation…  My most memorable vacation was taking my baby girl to Belize/Cozumel and doing some rafting through a cave system and also zip-lining through the jungle.

Describe your teenage self. What were you like as a teenager?

I was very social, played every sport that I could get into, and just loved to get out and hang out with all my friends.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work? 

Caring Father, first and foremost.  After that, probably funny guy, loyal friend, outgoing, helpful, etc.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?

Mine would be my daughter.  I don’t get to see her as often as I want, so before any celebrities or anything else, my daughter would be first person I’d love to have a day with.

What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?

Stay positive, focused, and keep trying.  Pointing blame takes longer than just taking charge and making it happen.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Not sure I’d give my teenage self any advice.  Once I changed anything about my past, it’d probably affect the good things that came from my mistakes, and I’d personally like to hang on to those.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?

Fight all the fears that keep you from living.  They will just someday turn into regrets.

 

15 Feb 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Andrew

Thank you for joining us today in The Blue Room at Crisp Marketing. This month we are hobnobbing with Andrew Gray, one of the star graphic designers in our Memphis office.

Good morning, Andrew! Welcome to the Blue Room! First, how long have you worked for Crisp, Andrew?

I came on board about 6 months ago.

Well, you look like you’ve settled in. What do you do in your role?

I design and code emails, layout web pages, design web banners and logos, and work with analytics tools.

That is tremendous. How are you known at work, when you’re not manipulating the code of the Matrix?

I’m usually quietly working on my stuff or making corny jokes; usually with puns of some kind.

Do you have any corny jokes for us today?

I can’t think of one now, but when I do it will be a-maize-ing.

What do you enjoy most about your current position? I enjoy the opportunity to learn new things every day.

How long have you lived in Memphis, and what are your favorite places around here?

I’ve lived in Memphis around nine years. My favorite place to do work on my laptop or grab coffee with friends is Muddy’s Coffee and Bake Shop in Midtown because it’s just around the corner from me and is awesome. I love walking around the neighborhood with my wonderful girlfriend, Melissa. Memphis Escape Rooms are really fun, and Overton Park is great.

What month and day is your birthday?

February 26

Well, Happy Birthday! What would be your ideal birthday celebration, no holds barred?

I would go hiking at a national park like Yosemite or Yellowstone with Melissa. My real plans are going to dinner with family, which will be fun.

Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?

I consider myself a ‘bit’ more logical. I like to know the facts about situations to make good decisions and solve problems. I love emotions too, but I probably spend more time trying to think objectively about situations than emotionally.

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?

I had a part time job for a while delivering cupcakes (and other baked stuff).

What is your favorite movie and book?

My favorite movie(s) is the Lord of the Rings (all three together, back to back, extended editions). Hmm…For books, I have favorites in different genres. Fiction: Lord of the Rings. Self-Development: Boundaries. Biography: John Adams. Science: Programming the Universe.

Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?

I admire John Adams, and Steve Jobs. I love Jesus.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work.

I do freelance graphic and web design on the side, so I usually have a couple of projects going that I’ll work on at a coffee shop after work or on the weekend. I love spending time with Melissa. I enjoy photography and shoot on vintage cameras and develop my own film. I also play guitar with friends sometimes.

Tell us a story about something cool you have done – a vacation, accomplishment, something like that.

I ran the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis last year and in the Chicago Marathon two years ago raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support all the great things they are doing for kids.

Describe your teenage self. What were you like as a teenager?

I was a loner and mysterious.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you? How are you known outside of work?

I’m known more as a quiet, nice guy…who plays guitar, and does graphics stuff.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?

I would hang out with Leonardo DaVinci. He seems smart and creative. I would like to see how he lived an average day.

What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?

I’ve learned that setting goals and having a structured plan for my time is essential to getting important things done in my personal and work life. Still working on it, but I’m improving. Also, taking risks when going after your dreams is totally worth it.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself around others. Dream bigger. Budget your money.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?

Enjoy the present, but the best is yet to come.

10 Jan 2017

The Blue Room – Meet Carisa

Welcome to The Blue Room at Crisp Marketing! In this space, we will introduce you to the stars of Crisp Marketing – the individuals who make things happen behind the scenes. First up is Carisa Wenstrom, Multi-Media Specialist / Graphic Designer in our Memphis office.

Welcome to the Blue Room, Carisa! Tell me, how long have you worked for Crisp?
I’ve worked for Crisp Marketing for over a year and a half.

I understand you have made quite an impact in the Memphis office. Give us an idea of what you do regularly in your role.
I design various web and print pieces, help with our social media presence, and handle all of our photography and video work.

What would your coworkers tell me if I asked them to tell me about you? In other words, how are you known at work?
The Beast, haha! If something needs to get done, I’ll make sure it gets done – whether it’s helping out on a marketing project, or painting walls in our new office. Anything you need done, I got it.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?
The freedom. Both my lead and my boss are great about giving me the breathing room I need to be my crazy, creative self. I’m a definite non-conformist, so the more freedom I have on a project, the more focused and driven I become.

What month and day is your birthday?
February 6th (Aquarius, oh yeah!)

Would you consider yourself right-brain or left-brain dominant and why?
Definitely right-brain. I can’t remember names to save my life, but I never forget a face. Math is my arch-nemesis. Most advanced forms of math simply don’t make sense to me at all, but certain things are crazy easy for me. I can’t immediately tell you what 1/3 + 1/3 is, but it takes me less than a second to figure out how much tip to leave on a restaurant bill. And everything is a visual to me. Remembering things, problem-solving, how I take in the world around me: all through visuals.

What are your favorite places to go in Memphis?
Huey’s is my favorite restaurant by far. Their veggie burger is life-changing. Down on Beale Street, I love A. Schwab’s and BB King’s (the live music is ridiculously amazing). And of course, I love Graceland. I’m a die-hard Elvis fan!

Before working at Crisp, what is the most unusual or most interesting job you ever had?
I was a MIG welder for about 3 years. It was hard work, but oddly enough it was kinda fun? The summers were awful, though – 130° heat index while wearing a leather welding cape is the *worst*.

That is so cool. Where did you go to school?
I went to high school in Moline, Illinois and then college in Rockford, IL at Rock Valley.

What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite movie is Beetlejuice – it’s been my favorite since I was a kid. And my favorite book is The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts.

Who are three famous people (living or dead) that you admire or relate to?
1. Lucille Ball: She was my first role model I had growing up (outside of my parents), and she had such an impact on me that I named my daughter after her.
2. Jack Nicholson: What a Hollywood boss. Pretty much everything he touches turns to gold. I’ve loved him ever since I was a kid and saw Witches of Eastwick and The Shining.
3. Johnny Cash: I love how soulful and thoughtful he was. He tried his best to see the good in people, no matter their background. And I can really relate to his affinity of black clothing attire.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside of work.
I’m a gamer for sure. Right now I’m obsessed with Fallout 4 (PS4), with over 560 game-play hours invested. I also love No Man’s Sky, Skyrim, and GTA (all of them). My favorite game of all time is Red Dead Redemption, and I cannot WAIT for RDR2 to come out later this year! I’m also a big movie fan – especially Westerns (old and new), and anything by Quentin Tarantino. Outside of that, I have a small family – just me, my husband Brad, and our incredibly awesome daughter, Lucy. We play a lot of board games (Catan! <3), collect action figures, and read comic books. We’re basically the poster-family of Nerd Empire.  

Tell us a story about something cool you have done.
In 2015, my family and I moved from Northern Illinois to Memphis, TN. We don’t know anyone here, so it was a big chance to take. But we figured we’re still young enough and crazy enough, and you only live once, right? Might as well make the most of it. So far, we love living here. Southern life is very different from life up North, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Describe your teenage self.
“I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” I had a few close friends, but mostly kept to myself. I was an artist who preferred watching movies and painting on canvas alone in my room to the stereotypical high-school-party-life that everyone else seemed to be following. My mom swore up and down that I was “depressed”, but honestly I was perfectly happy being a house-troll.

What would your friends/family say about you if I asked them to tell me about you?
“She marches to the beat of her own drum.” My first-grade teacher wrote that on my report card one semester, and I’ve heard it a million times since. A rebel, rogue, thinks outside the box – all accurate descriptions of me that I’ve heard from everyone who knows me. Work Place Me isn’t much different from Outside World Me – I think the only difference is that outside of work my language is a bit more…colorful? The censorship switch is definitely in the ‘off’ position the second my feet leave the elevator doors.

If you could spend a day hanging out with anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
Doc Holliday from the Old West (late 1800s). Not only is Doc an extremely interesting individual who wasn’t scared to be his wild, intelligent, sarcastic, rebellious and often unpredictable self, but I would love hear about what life was truly like during one of the most pivotal time periods of American history.

What are a couple of life or career lessons that you have learned so far?
I’d say the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take chances. I had a run-in with cervical cancer back in 2014, and it wasn’t until I was faced with my own mortality that it really dawned on me how short life can be. It’s kind of sad that it takes an extreme event like cancer to trigger such self-awareness, but such is life, right? There’s a very small window of opportunity that you just can’t let slip by. So take chances. Do things that scare you and push you to your outer-most limits. Step outside your safe zone. Stop focusing on the what-if’s and just do it. It’s like what Andy Dufresne said (Shawshank Redemption): “I guess it comes down to a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

What advice would you give your teenage self?
Buckle-up, buttercup. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. But you totally got this.

What is your life philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
I have a personal motto that I’ve followed for several years now, and it’s served me well:

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.