How long have you been working at Sonic Promos?
Well, the company came with the spouse, so I have been at least tangentially involved since 2000. I began actually coming into the office back in 2006.
What role(s) do you play here?
I am the COO and have my hand in HR, accounting, marketing and sales.
Best part of the job?
On the personal side, I love getting to see Seth (my husband) during the weekdays, being able to bring my dogs to work, and a flexible schedule that allows me to make it to every kid school play and parent teacher conference. On the professional side, I love when we come up with a cool image or a super witty tagline. And having clients respond to our work feels incredible. I remember one order of T-shirts where the client wrote in to say this was the first time he had seen his company name on something real- it was the realization of a lifelong dream. Pretty cool to share in that!
Worst part of the job?
When I am wearing my HR hat and need to put an end to the "fun", whether it be a heated discussion that is getting a bit political (any mention of Chick-fil-A has been banned from our internal group chat) or language not appropriate for use around our high school interns. It makes me feel like a spoil sport. Also, the horrible, painful spot in the pit of my stomach when, for some reason, an order doesn't go right. The stress of waiting for the UPS truck to arrive, with minutes to spare before an event starts- just ugh!
What's your favorite kind of project to work on?
I keep the T-shirts and mugs and pens from experiences in my life that have significant impact. I like doing projects where I feel like the recipient- not necessarily the client, but the person they are giving the item to- will get that same sentiment. Medals for individuals completing races, items for employee appreciation, shirts for a big conference or concert... those things hold memories for years. Memory totems, if you will.
What do your coworkers love to tease you about?
I call ground beef "hamburg". I forget things people tell me almost instantly unless I write it down. I can't hold my liquor.
Years ago, Seth told the office that my college nickname was "One Can Julianne". At the next conference we attended, my name tag said "Onecan Weiner". Every person I met that day looked at me funny and said something like, "Oonacanay, it's nice to meet you." Took me a while to figure out why.