November 11, 2016
If you’ve ever met anybody from our team in person, you can probably tell that the Schaaf-PartnerCentric team is one big, happy family. We’re incredibly proud of our employees and wanted to give you; our valued clients and partners, the chance to get to know our team on a deeper level. In this monthly series, Meet the Team: SPC MVPs, we highlight a few of our team members to give more insight into who they are and how our company functions. This month we are excited to present a special Marketing Edition of SPC MVPs! Meet our marketing gals: Morgan, Dana and Kelsey!
Name: Morgan Simon
Position: Sr. Marketing Manager
How long have you worked at SPC? It will be one year next month!
What does your work day typically look like? The thing I love about SPC is that no two days are the same! Everyday includes with emails, followed by a daily Sales and Marketing huddle call and typically content and campaign planning and execution. Depending on the time of year there will also be event planning, webinars, trade shows, etc.
What is your favorite thing about the industry? I love how fast paced this industry is. Best practices and laws are always changing so if you aren’t constantly innovating you’ll get left behind. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet so many smart, awesome people through affiliate marketing, I love what a tight knit community it is!
Is there anything else you want readers to know about you? I can’t do a write up on myself and not mention that I have the sweetest 3 month old son, Samuel! He made me a mama in August and life has never been sweeter.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Do I have to pick just one? I live for the holidays! My very favorite tradition would have to be my mom’s Christmas morning breakfast strata. She has made it since I was a little girl and there is nothing better than waking up to the smell of it wafting up their stairs on Christmas morning.
What are you most thankful for this holiday season? The top thing is of course my family (my husband Preston and son Samuel). Working for a company that is so supportive and encouraging to their employees is also at the top of my list – thanks for being so great, SPC!
Name: Dana Pezzin
Position: Marketing Coordinator & Designer
How long have you worked at SPC? Almost 1 year!!
What does your work day typically look like? Typically my day starts when I feel my dog Bear’s cold nose on mine. This is how he says “Good Morning!” (usually before the alarm has even gone off). So we run to Starbucks on the corner, say hello to the friendly old fellas that sit at the same patio table every day, grab a coffee and head home to start the day! It is then I throw a vinyl on the record player and log on to touch-base with my amazing team at SPC! We chat about our plans for the day and then get right to work! My day could include anything from putting together our monthly newsletter to designing an infographic or writing for our blog! Its never dull and new projects are always coming down the pipeline so there really is no “typical” work day and I LOVE that!
What is your favorite thing about the industry? I think my favorite thing about the industry is that it is ever-changing. There’s something to be said for an industry that is always innovating, growing, and evolving. I am CONSTANTLY learning whether from my teammates, industry leaders, or in my day-to-day exchanges with friends in the business. So nice to work in a business thats never boring.
Is there anything else you want readers to know about you? I am a huge advocate for always being more kind than you feel like being. With all the hate, frustration, and doubt being expressed around our country and all over the world right now, Lord knows that its easy to become discouraged and lack the motivation to be warm and considerate. No matter who you voted for, or if you didn’t vote at all, be kind ya’ll. What an incredible change we would see in our world if we all tried to be more loving, more tolerant, more kind.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Every year since my brother, sister and I were kids, after Thanksgiving dinner, my mom has presented each of us with a thoughtfully selected Christmas tree ornament so that when we grew old enough to have our own homes and our own tree’s we’d already have a collection to decorate with. I now have my own cozy little home and my own tree adorned with 24 beautiful ornaments and holiday Barbie on top!
What are you most thankful for this holiday season? I have so much to be thankful for! God has blessed me with great health, an incredible family, a loving man, a career where I work with amazing people and a grateful heart. There will always be hurdles to jump and life will never be perfect but where’s the fun in perfect anyway?! #THANKFUL
Name: Kelsey Aschenbeck
Position: Graphic Designer
How long have you worked at SPC? 2 years
What does your work day typically look like? The first thing I do is look at the to-do list I made from the day before. I make a plan of attack for the day and get started. As a remote worker, the plan is essential. I have a desk full of paint pens, markers, and other fun art supplies that could distract me if I’m not diligent about my plan. Sometimes I write out the plan in those fun supplies, which is a nice little daily art exercise in itself. After that, I either hunker down at my home desk or walk down to Radio Coffee & Beer (but not for the beer, y’all! That’s for after 5!) It’s also essential to take a walk and enjoy the Austin sunshine every day.
What is your favorite thing about the industry? I like working in a future-facing industry. What is yesterday’s affiliate marketing doesn’t necessarily look like tomorrow’s. It’s exciting to keep up, look forward, and contribute visually to the ideas flying around our company.
Is there anything else you want readers to know about you? Its very common for graphic designers to reveal the tools they use (in addition to Adobe’s creative suite, of course) so here we go:
-Shinola sketchbook….I am obsessed with the softcover and pockets. The paper is perfect for doodling and light watercolor. Also, it’s an American-made product!
-Field Notes sketchbook by Aaron Draplin. (Yes, I carry around two sketchbooks…this one is for all the lists I make!) It’s fun and you support a badass designer with your purchase.
-TWSBI mini pen. It’s beautiful. I’ve used mine for four years now almost every day, so it’s on its last leg. I plan to buy myself another one as a Christmas present.
-MUJI pens for those of you who squirm at the thought of spending a lot on a pen.
Also, I think it’s important for designers who spend all day working on a screen to disconnect and do something by hand. I did that by completing #the100dayproject where you pick one thing to do every day for 100 days. You’ll find my here: #100DaysofPickingUpABrush
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas is not a sprint, but a marathon in my family. Every Christmas Eve we gather at my grandmother’s house to have her homemade chicken salad sandwiches and soup. It’s a nice break from all the heavy food that is happening at every other gathering around that time. Oh man, I’m craving it right now as we speak.
If you could invite anyone, living or dead, to Thanksgiving dinner who would it be? Charles and Ray Eames. I’m such a design nerd right now…but if you haven’t heard of them, they are one of the most prolific design couples in American history. I remember having a chat with Brook when I was interviewing about how much I want an Eames chair one day. I love that they had their hands in all types of design…from furniture to film to exhibitions. I highly recommend their documentary– “Eames: the Architect and the Painter.”
Also, I would invite Leslie Knope. She’s not real, but how great is she?
What are you most thankful for this holiday season? The Gilmore Girls Netflix revival. Ha, but seriously, getting time to spend with my friends, family, and boyfriend. My boyfriend is currently working on making his own cider right now, so I think I will be especially thankful for that during this busy holiday season.
Ciao, everyone! Tune in next month to get to know your SPC family a little better!
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