Category: Employee Spotlight

18 Jan 2019
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Employee Spotlight: Allison Droke Erickson

Once a month, we like to give our readers the chance to get to know one of our team members by shining the spotlight on them. Here’s our spotlight for this month who is also one of our newest team members, Allison Droke Erickson. Help us welcome her to the Crisp team!

What is your name and title at Crisp Marketing?
Allison Droke Erickson, CRM Digital Marketing Manager.

How long have you been working for Crisp Marketing?
Almost a month!

How long have you worked in this field and what’s your favorite part?
You could say I’ve been working in marketing since I was a scrappy teenager making silly posters for really horrible local concerts and adhering them to any surface I could find across town. I’ve always been drawn to marketing because I enjoy the mental juxtaposition of combining creativity with strategy.

What’s your favorite thing about Crisp Marketing so far?
The energy. Everyone is high spirited and enthusiastic. And also obviously the ability to wear jeans every day.

What’s a fun fact about you that no one in the office knows?
I have found myself in a many number of bizarre situations. One of which was dancing in a Broadway production. Jeff Goldblum was also there.

What are three words that you would use to describe yourself?
Short, snarky, eccentric

What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite movie is The Graduate followed closely by Sunset Boulevard and Paper Moon respectively. My favorite book tends to change with my mood. Usually though, it is An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. But my favorite authors are J.D. Salinger and Françoise Sagan.

Do you have a hero? If so, who and why?
I suppose I don’t really just have one hero, more like bits and pieces from cultural figures I have been inspired by over the years- Buster Keaton, Gertrude Stein, Malcolm McLaren, Andy Warhol, Joe Meek, Dorothy Parker, Lester Bangs… the list goes on.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
I am a collector and pop culture junkie. I love perusing through antique malls and thrift stores. It’s like visiting a museum where you can take home the exhibit pieces. I collect old books too and am always on the hunt for the oldest editions or wildest cover art. Recently I found a huge batch of absolutely beautifully illustrated mid century children’s books, which has inspired me to get back into drawing for fun. Music is also a significant source of joy for me. I don’t really have the patience to become a proper musician though, so now I just sit back and listen.

What is your favorite quote?
“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure” – Mae West

12 Dec 2018
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Employee Spotlight: Lawrence Shaw

Once a month, we like to give our readers the chance to get to know one of our team members by shining the spotlight on them. Here’s our spotlight for this month, Lawrence Shaw. Help us wish him a happy work anniversary!

1. How long have you been working at Crisp Marketing?

As of today, I have been working at Crisp Marketing for exactly a year.

2. What’s your title at Crisp Marketing?

Junior Multi-Media Designer

3. What’s a typical day like for you at work?

My typical day begins with me scanning over my daily tasks list in Asana to see what articles require images for the day. After I have decided on the day’s articles, I open Photoshop or After Effects, depending on if an image or video is required, and create an image that best represents or explains said article.

4. What’s your favorite thing about your job?

The daily challenges of creating concepts for images and videos from material that I’m not the most familiar with is probably my favorite part of this job and is what provides my daily motivation.

5. Did you go to college? If so, how did play into your decision making for your career?

I graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Film. I’ve always known that I enjoyed film making but college helped in mining the other mediums in visual arts.

6. What made you want to work in your field?

I first began playing around with my father’s camera when I was eight and I’ve loved it ever since; something about being able to create images that take the viewer out of their bubble and show them someone else’s world has always interested me.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully having the opportunity to travel filming all of the different cultures that make up this vast world.

8. If you could go back and do anything differently for your career path, would you? What would it be?

I would have studied abroad while I was in college and placed a greater stress on internships in my field.

9. What is your favorite film genre and why?

I don’t really have a favorite genre but I love how sci-fi films use colors in framing in their films.

10. Who’s been your biggest influence during your career journey?

My biggest influence at the moment would be my brother Josh because of his artistic passion and drive.


10 Oct 2018
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Employee Spotlight: Hayley Tillery

Once a month, we like to give our readers the chance to get to know one of our team members by shining the spotlight on them. Here’s our spotlight for this month, Hayley Tillery.

1. What’s your name and title at Crisp Marketing?

They call me Hayley.

.…Hayley Tillery.

I’m the lead UI Designer here, so I mostly handle designing websites and then coordinate with the web developers to ensure everything looks the way it was envisioned and is functional.

2. What is your favorite type of music? Why?

I like a lot of different types of music depending on my mood or what I’m doing, but my main favorite would be Hard Rock. I hold in a lot of anger inside and bottle up my feelings a lot, but listening to this kind of music helps as an outlet. I also love how you can just hear the pure emotion from the singer and the instruments playing.

3. How many instruments do you play?

Just the one – guitar.

When I was a kid I dabbled on the keyboard, but never really learned how to play properly. And when I was in middle school I played in the percussion section for our school band (mostly snare drum, bass drum, etc.)

4. How long have you been playing music?

I’ve been playing the guitar for almost two years now. I can’t believe it’s already been that long actually. BUT if you count singing mediocrely and proudly, then since I was born.

5. What made you want to play an instrument?

Let’s be honest. Guitars just look so bad ass. How could you not want to play one?

But for real, well there are two reasons. One is that I’ve always wanted to learn because I’ve always loved music so much and have always wished I could create something and make someone feel the way music makes me feel. The other reason is that I had started working at my very first full time job for about a year and was starting to feel kind of depressed. I needed something to do outside of work and to give my life more meaning other than just working my life away.

6. What is your favorite part about playing/making music?

It’s really rewarding. To learn a song that you’ve been listening to for years and think, “Wow, how do they play this? I could never play something like this.” And then to actually learn it and be able to play it is such a good feeling. It’s just really cool being able to see yourself improving and getting better at something.

7. Do you prefer performing in front of people or playing in private? Why?

This one’s kind of hard. I love playing in private or even just at band rehearsals because I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone. I can just have fun with it. I get really nervous performing at shows sometimes, but I also like it because I want people to hear us play and see all the hard work we put into it. It’s also pretty exhilarating.

8. Has playing an instrument changed you or your life? If so, how?

I would say so. It’s given me more confidence just knowing that I’ve worked hard at something. And it helps me to have goals that I can work towards and has helped with my overall mental health.

9. Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy outside of work?

I love playing video games, photography, outdoorsy stuff, working out at the gym, playing D&D, reading (when I have time), eating donuts, snuggling with my two cats, and trying to weird out my boyfriend by doing extremely weird and goofy things.

10. Do you incorporate other hobbies or aspects of your life into playing music?

I would say that creativity from my artsy side and my emotions are incorporated when I’m trying to create my own music. Besides that, not really.


12 Sep 2018
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Employee Spotlight: Hannah Verret

Once a month, we like to give our readers the chance to get to know one of our team members by shining the spotlight on them. Here’s our spotlight for this month.

Employee Spotlight Hannah

1. When is your birthday?

September 10th. What’s up my fellow Virgos?!

2. What has been your favorite birthday party to date?

Probably my third birthday because I had three birthday parties in one year. Barney in Warren, Ark., Chuck-E-Cheese in Memphis, Tenn., and Lion King in Morgan City, La. all in one year!

3. What is the best birthday gift you’ve ever received?

On my 16th birthday, my parents gave me a Nikon D40. Not only did they give me the really nice camera, but they got all of the accessories I could have imagined. I still have and use it to this day.

4. Do you have any birthday traditions? If so, what are they?

My family always goes to dinner. Our tradition is that whoever’s birthday it is, gets to pick the place without anyone else complaining. I’ve picked Nagasaki Inn every year for as long as I can remember.

4. Have you ever had a surprise birthday party?

I’ve had two. I’m not entirely sure why though, because I hate surprises… but my friends (with the help of my Mom) threw one for my 18th and 21st birthdays.

5. Are birthday celebrations important to you?

Being able to celebrate, big or small, is important! Your definition of celebrating is key. Another year of life should always be something worth celebrating though!

6. What is your ideal birthday like?

From start to finish… sleeping in, lots of coffee, reading with a side of pet snuggles, maybe throw in some cheese fries or cotton candy (not both, though!), then dinner with my close family and friends.

7. What do you want your birthday to be like next year?

I don’t have any huge expectations, but I will be turning 28 so I’ll expect the following year to be fantastic. I’ve always had the idea in my head that 23 and 28 are supposed to be really great ages and I guess I never let go of the idea.