November 19, 2021

Decision making with a dart

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Emily Fick. I grew up on a horse farm in a small town in Pennsylvania and went to school at Delaware State University. I competed on their equestrian team as well as showed my personal horse, Leroy, on the APHA National circuit. Now, I live in Fort Worth with my corgi, Winston! We love exploring new places and meeting new people.

What’s something you love to do?

I basically grew up on the back of a horse, so I’m always looking for opportunities to go to the barn and ride. If I’m not at the barn, chances are I’m in the gym or at the park!

What’s your favorite place?

Koelbl Ranch. My sister operates her horse training business out of here, so it’s very special because I get to watch my sister live out her dreams. I also get to live out mine at the ranch by showing horses. I have learned a lot here and have always considered it my happy place that helps me get away from reality on the weekends.

What do you love about the job?

Building a partnership with clients and getting to explore their industries and businesses.

What is the last thing you binge-watched?


What’s your favorite book?

The Giver.

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

New Girl. They always seem to have fun and definitely have creative problem solving skills.

Are you a listener or a talker?

Depends on the situation — I’m able to fill awkward silences and carry the conversation, but l’m more comfortable listening.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi or pizza.

If there weren’t any more computers, what would be your new occupation?

Horse Trainer or social worker.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?

Moved across the country on a coin flip. Well, it was more of a “throw a dart at the map” than a coin toss. During COVID, my previous agency went 100% remote and gave me the go-ahead to relocate. At the time, I was living in Pennsylvania with my parents on the family farm. I had always wanted to relocate but couldn’t decide between Tampa, Florida or Fort Worth.

One night (after my friends were tired of me talking about it), we decided to put a map on the dart board and throw a dart to see where it landed. It landed on New Mexico (RIP my aim). By the rule of proximity, Fort Worth was the winner. I moved within a week of the deciding dart, and I have not looked back since!

What’s your favorite children’s story?

Amelia Bedelia.

If you had an extra hour of free time every day, what would you spend it doing?

Learning something new. I’ve always called myself a sponge. From hobbies to information, I like to explore things I am not familiar with. My next task is to become a certified nutritionist. I am also a big gym-goer and am looking forward to expanding the benefits of exercise and better nutrition.

Any words of advice?

Always have an open mind. Try to see where someone is coming from before responding.

Why Schaefer?

The culture felt like family as soon as I walked in the door.