How long have you been at your job? A year-and-a-half.Describe the space you work in I'm not really into aesthetics, so the first year I didn't have a single picture or decoration in my office.
However, the unrelenting hounds I call my coworkers finally broke me after enlisting the help of my family. My father, a New York Italian with a sense of style that would make Tony Manero proud, couldn't let me go with bare walls, so he bought a charcoal drawing and shipped to me.
Who is smartest person you work with? It used to be Phil Jr. (no relation), the office pet fish and unofficial oracle. Sadly, he froze to death when a horrible ice storm knocked out our power and heat. The title has yet to be reassigned - we're all still in mourning.
Who is the craziest person you work with? If I had to pick only one person, it would be our founder and CEO Dick Grove. Any man who wants to drive his Harley across Cuba, has a singing James Brown doll on his desk, and gave up gorgeous California for a city where you have to wear 12 layers in the winter and nearly melt in the summer has to be crazy.
How often are you still there when the cleaners come around? They only come on the weekends, so not very often. I usually work from home on the weekends to create the facade of a social life.
What is the worst thing about working there? Living in Kansas City. I caught myself saying "okey-dokey
the other day. My friends now have orders to conduct an official intervention if I start wearing skin-tight jeans, a cowboy hat, and a belt buckle that looks like it could double as a serving platter.
What has been your biggest mistake while working there? Letting my enthusiasm get the best of me. In the beginning I would run with an idea before researching all the details, and I got bitten a couple of times. As a colleague once told me, "Success is in the details."
What's been your luckiest break while working there? I'm very fortunate that, although I am fairly young, the vast majority of the people I work with are a seasoned ex-journalists and producers. As a result, accounts I've managed have garnered coverage in a number of top-tier national outlets, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, AP, CNBC and CNN.