CAREERS: Where I Work - Jennifer Weismann, account manager, Colle +McVoy

How long have you been in your job?

I've been here on and off since 1995. During the off part I spent a

lovely year working in a big multinational PR firm's Minneapolis office,

but returned to Colle+McVoy for the integrated experience ... and for

the antics. I've been in PR for about 10 years.

Describe the space you work in

My office is great. I have a scenic view of the Minnesota tundra and

several freeways from my floor-to-ceiling windows. I'm thinking about

making some side money as a traffic reporter. It's good that I have a

view because it distracts people from the piles of papers on my


Do you socialize with your colleagues?

We're very close-knit. Last year a group of us who worked together at

Colle+McVoy went to a former colleague's wedding in Scotland - we all

stayed together in a castle from the 1700s. We tend to spend a lot of

time together, us agency types. Who else would stand us?

Who is the smartest person you work with?

We have a particularly brilliant staff, I think. I couldn't single out

the smartest. But if we took a collective Mensa test, we'd be off the


Who is the craziest?

There's some pretty tough competition there too. But don't you have to

be a little touched in the head to enjoy agency life anyway?

How comfortable are your offices? I'm still lobbying for the nap

mat/juice and cookies lounge, or even a bean-bag sitting room, but

despite those shortcomings, things are still pretty comfortable at

Colle+McVoy. We're just about to complete a fabulous office redesign,

with lots of fun areas for people to gather, so we're expecting

high-level comfort soon.

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year?

Bringing in Tom Lindell as the head of our consumer group in PR. He's a

one-man comedy show.

Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office

Our senior public affairs strategist, Jerry Olson, wrote the words to

that Bette Midler song, The Wind Beneath My Wings. We love that.

Everyone's multitalented at Colle+McVoy.

Number of employees: 200 total, 35 in PR

Address: 8500 Normandale Lake Blvd., Ste. 2400, Minneapolis, MN 55437

Phone: (952) 852-7500


Senior managers: Riff Yeager, PR director; Tom Lindell, managing


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