January 30, 2020

From temporary placement to irreplaceable

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Tell us about yourself.
I’ve lived all over – from Oklahoma to Colorado, Ohio to Indiana, and finally, we settled in Texas, which is always where I wanted to be. My desire for design goes back to when I was a child. My first project was building a matchbox city with my brother, and I got to create logos and billboards for the faux businesses in the city. It was a lot of fun.

What’s something you love to do?
I enjoy photography and playing games with my family. Lately, we’re enjoying playing Ticket to Ride, which is the perfect balance of strategy and enjoying each other’s company. It’s not so demanding that you can’t visit with people at the table.

What’s your favorite place?
The Rocky Mountains. I just love the experience of the mountains. When I was growing up in Denver, we’d go into the mountains just about every weekend to camp, and fish in the streams. I spent a lot of summers near Aspen, and I just fell in love with the experience.

What do you love about the job?
I love working with the creative team to help deliver high-level solutions for our clients.

If you could do anything besides what you are doing now, what would you do professionally?
If I weren’t in design or production, I’d like to be a writer. I have written a children’s book, and I just really love writing. I like being able to get all of the ideas out of my head. I have notes everywhere because I’m thinking all of the time.

What’s your favorite book?
Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. I really love the concept they present about viewing our work and approaching it from a healthy perspective.

What’s your favorite children’s story?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss. I love all things Dr. Seuss, but that one is my favorite.

Are you a listener or a talker?
I’m a better listener than a talker. I love learning about things and people. My dad taught me that I need to approach interacting with people like a news reporter – to ask questions and seek to understand people.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza, because you can use it as a platform and customize with whatever toppings you like.

If there weren’t any more computers, what would you do with your time?
Either researching or writing about something having to do with social studies, history and how people interact with each other.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?
The only thing I can think of isn’t all that scary. A friend of mine took me and some of my kids rock climbing in Oklahoma. He was really good at climbing and setting up everything and teaching us about climbing – it was just a really neat experience.

Why Schaefer?
I was introduced to Schaefer through a creative placement opportunity, where I was able to work freelance for just over a year. I was extremely impressed with the culture and the people.