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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.

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.”

 

 

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.