2014 has certainly been a busy year for Performance Marketing and Shift Interactive, but we can’t complain because business is good. When business is good, it means additional roster spots open up with more work to go around. Three more faces have been added to our team, bringing our count to 8 newbies this year! Our most recent batch has been all over the US and all of them have one thing in common: they all lived in California at one time or another!
Andi joined our team in a hybrid account/media management role. Originally from Hungary, she is quite the experienced traveler. Andi moved from her hometown country in Hungary to Los Angeles, Calif., where she lived for the past 20 years before setting her sights on Des Moines in 2013.
This UCLA Bruins grad loves to cook and bake, as well as go hiking. We might add that she loves to travel, which makes it a lot easier going from Hungary to L.A. to Iowa. Since coming to Iowa from L.A. she hasn’t felt a “culture shock”; in fact she would tell you that she has the whole culture shock thing down to a science!
MacKenzie joins our account service team and is our most local newbie of the three! Hailing from Cedar Falls, MacKenzie stayed at her home base, earning a public relations degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She took advantage of their exchange program and headed west to study at San Jose State in California. While she was out there she traveled around the Silicon Valley and the Bay Areas, which she absolutely loves! While she wasn’t in the exchange program with her husband, her biggest passion is to travel with him.
There is no doubt that MacKenzie is a hard worker and she isn’t afraid to clean up messes. So it’s not unusual to find out that her first job was bussing tables. In fact, one of her regular customers was none other than Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley!
Chris came to Shift Interactive as a programmer, mostly concentrating on developing mobile applications and integrating new technology into the Shift projects. Chris is so good at what he does that Shift made him a business card with his job title as “Code Wizard”. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
Born in San Diego, Chris and his family moved to the Midwest, where he was raised in Alexandria, Minn. He attended Luther College here in Iowa, where he majored in computer science and a minor in music. His favorite hobby is “doing bear stuff”, like eating salmon, wandering around the woods, and hibernating for 7 months. Those are his words, not ours, but we believe it to mean that he likes to eat fish, go hiking and get plenty of sleep. One thing you may not know about him? He’s never been to Vermont. We’re guessing that he would like to go get some cheese there someday.
Gen comes to PM working with the account and media team and is the lifeguard that helps keep a few of our accounts heads above water. Coming from a small town in Southeastern Iowa, Gen went to the University of Iowa, but between you, the reader, and I, she secretly roots for both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones! Well, I guess the secrets out now… Lucky for her, it helps keep her house united, not divided!
Culturally speaking, Gen is a great fit here at PM. Truth be told – she has brought a lot of different cultures to us. In what is a girl meets world lifestyle, Gen’s favorite hobby is to travel globally, with a goal of visiting a different country every year. She soaks in the cultures and has learned quite a bit about the world.
Welcome aboard Chris, MacKenzie, Andi, and Gen! We are so happy to have each and every one of you!
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