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