CAREERS: Where I Work - John Cihomsky, account supervisor,Matthews/Mark

Number of employees: 65

Address: 1111 6th Avenue, 6th floor, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 238-8500


Senior manager: Scott McGaugh, executive vice president and director of

public relations

How long have you been in your job? 3 years

Describe the space you work in The state of my desk is best described as

'controlled chaos.' On my office walls I have a variety of things,

including my seven-year-old daughter's 'refrigerator art,' medical

posters (the anatomical ones you see in a doctor's office) of the brain

and ear - to remind me to think and listen - and various mementos from

past work, such as a photo of me and Jay Leno taken when a client was on

his show (we even had our own dressing room next to that night's musical

act, Chumbawamba).

Outside my window, I have a view of beautiful downtown San Diego. (But I

have to close my blinds every afternoon because the sun shines right in

my eyes. Tough, huh?)

Do you socialize with your colleagues? Are you kidding? I try to avoid

it at all costs. I see these people more than I see my family! Besides,

my daughter thinks I'm a hero so I'd rather spend my evenings and

weekends with her and my wife.

Who is the smartest person you work with? I had an account executive

named Ted Ladd, who is now PR manager at Websense. We used to compare

SAT scores. He had 1330. Me? Well, I can beat him in arm wrestling.

Who is the craziest? Michael Mark, our president and creative director.

This guy has enough energy to solve California's power crisis.

How comfortable are your offices? We have an automated massage chair,

televisions mounted on the walls that play all day, a putting green, a

foosball table, a revolving art gallery, and a mini-basketball court in

our lobby. So, I'd say pretty comfortable.

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

Pregnancy. It seems like all the women discovered it at the same


Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office Our vice president of

marketing has 15 or 16 outfits that involve leather (skirts and pants -

as far as we know).

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