Employee Spotlight: Blair Spence


Employee Spotlight: Thomas Young

It's time for another Employee Spotlight!

Here's how our design intern, Thomas, answered his 20 Questions:

  1. What drew you to working at a marketing agency? – I love creating content that attracts and draws people together.
  2. Favorite thing about Salt Lake City? – The mountains
  3. What’s your favorite 80s movie? – Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  4. Android or iPhone? – iPhone
  5. Where did you grow up? – Salt Lake City
  6. Who inspires you? – Robby Barr
  7. What’s your favorite dessert? – Gelato
  8. Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer? – Fall 
  9. Han Solo or Indiana Jones? – Han Solo
  10. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? – To Kill a Mockingbird
  11. Pick any superpower that you’d love to have. – Flying or superspeed
  12. How many countries have you visited? – 11
  13. Llamas or Alpacas? – Alpaca 
  14. Favorite show to binge-watch? – Dragon Ball-Z
  15. What is your biggest accomplishment? – I did a double gainer off the 7-meter platform
  16. Which celebrity do you want to meet the most? – Elon Musk
  17. How many siblings do you have? – 5 siblings
  18. Ski or snowboard or neither? – Ski
  19. Do you have a favorite color? – Blue
  20. What is your favorite quote and why? – "All good things are wild and free." -Henry David Thoreau

Employee Spotlight: Yamid Medina

  1. What drew you to working at a marketing agency? To be honest, luck, I took 1 semester of marketing in college, but I didn't think I'd ever get into it, next thing I know here I am working with Avant8, although most of my skills are more or less targeting the technical aspects.
  2. Favorite thing about Salt Lake City? Mountains? The outrages things we get to see outside our front office window? Watching the cops sit across the street and somehow almost always catch someone within the first two minutes? Na, the opportunity, Salt Lake is a growing city, it provides me with plenty of opportunity for growth.
  3. What’s your favorite 80s movie? Star Wars A New Hope
  4.  Android or iPhone? Android! I like to deviate from the office norm :p
  1. Where did you grow up? East Coast/Carribean
  2. Who inspires you? A higher being.
  3. What’s your favorite dessert? Cheesecake.
  4. Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer? I am from the Tropics so of course Summer
  5. Han Solo or Indiana Jones? Han easily
  6.  If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? Super Powered by Drew Hayes
  7. Pick any superpower that you’d love to have. Power to manipulate space and time.
  8. How many countries have you visited? USA, USA, USA, um do you mean states and territories?
  9. Llamas or Alpacas? Sorry, I see this question and I think of the Spanish word for Llama meaning "to call".
  10. Favorite show to binge-watch? Currently, the only one I have binge-watched is stranger things season 2.
  11. What is your biggest accomplishment? Shoot, there is no biggest, everything is just a step towards the end goal.
  12. Which celebrity do you want to meet the most? Will Smith.
  13. How many siblings do you have? 3, well 4 if you count my stepsister, all of them are sisters.
  14. Ski or snowboard or neither? Never done Either, though I can't deny I am a tad interested.
  15. Do you have a favorite color? Blue
  16. What is your favorite quote and why? My Spider Senses are tingling! Because he is a childhood favorite.

Employee Spotlight: Madeleine Chambers

-What drew you to working at a marketing agency?

It gives me the chance to do work I actually love doing! Writing and designing is something I already did in my free time. Never did I think when I started college that I’d work in social media. But how cool is it that I do?

-Favorite thing about Salt Lake City?

The opportunities! Moving to Utah has opened up so many doors for me.

-What’s your favorite 80s movie?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

-Android or iPhone?

iPhone of course

-Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Spokane, WA

-Who inspires you?

My parents. They've always have encouraged me to follow my passions and make a name for myself.

-What’s your favorite dessert?

Everything and anything chocolate

-Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

Fall for sure. Colorful leaves, pumpkin flavored cookies, flannels...what’s not to love?

-Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

Definitely Han Solo. Iconic.

-If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Can I pick the entire Harry Potter series?

-Pick any superpower that you’d love to have.

Teleportation. Fast commute.

-How many countries have you visited?

I went on a world trip when I was 18-months old, but that doesn’t count...so 2.

-Llamas or Alpacas?

Alpacas are cuter.

-Favorite show to binge-watch?

Friends or Parks and Recreation

-What is your biggest accomplishment?

Having the courage to try again after failing so many times.

-Which celebrity do you want to meet the most?

Unashamedly, Harry Styles.

-How many siblings do you have?

A sister and twin brothers.

-Ski or snowboard or neither?

Ski, but I haven’t gone in a long time! I need to get back into it.

-Do you have a favorite color?

Blush pink.

-What is your favorite quote and why?

“I just give myself permission to suck. I find this hugely liberating.” -John Green

I’m a perfectionist and it’s hard to remember that things can’t always go right. This is my candid reminder that failing leads to success.


Employee Spotlight: Chris Miller

Chris Miller, our stellar web developer, is our spotlight of the week here at Avant8. Here's how he answered his 20 Questions:

  1. What drew you to working at a marketing agency? - I always try to keep learning to grow as a professional and an individual, and working at an agency gives me the opportunity to continue learning new skills because of the wide variety of projects that come and go, and it helps to keep me progressing forward in my field and in my career.
  2. Favorite thing about Salt Lake City? - The Beer
  3. What’s your favorite 80s movie? - My favorite 80’s movie is 'Full Metal Jacket' that came out in 1987
  4. Android or iPhone? - I am an iPhone user, I predominately use Mac computers so it made sense to switch to an iPhone, but I’m good with either.
  5. Where did you grow up? - I grew up in a small town called Vernal, UT.
  6. Who inspires you? - I take inspiration from many people for many different reasons. There is so much diversity in the world, I think we can learn many different things from the people around us, good or bad and everything in between.
  7. What’s your favorite dessert? - My favorite dessert is probably chocolate lava cake with ice cream
  8. Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer? - When it comes to seasons I’d probably prefer summer the most for the various outdoor activities, but can appreciate all the activities that every season offers.
  9. Han Solo or Indiana Jones? - Han Solo
  10. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? - I don’t really have a book I like enough to ready for the rest of my life over and over again.
  11. Pick any superpower that you’d love to have. - If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to teleport. I feel like it’s the most practical for today's life.
  12. How many countries have you visited? - I have only visited 1 other country besides the united states.
  13. Llamas or Alpacas? - I’d prefer Llamas I guess, purely because the Emperor’s New Groove is one of my favorite Disney Movies.
  14. Favorite show to binge-watch? - My favorite TV show to binge watch is probably Game of Thrones, but Rick and Morty is a close second.
  15. What is your biggest accomplishment? - My biggest accomplishment is growing into a man that my family can be proud of, my friends can count on, and that my peers respect, and knowing that my ‘word’ still means something.
  16. Which celebrity do you want to meet the most? - if I were to meet one celebrity I’d choose Joe Rogan, I think it would be pretty awesome to be on one of his podcasts.
  17. How many siblings do you have? - I have one half brother
  18. Ski or snowboard or neither? - Neither, I played hockey as a kid so I didn’t get much time in the winter for skiing or snowboarding. However, I feel like if I were to pick one up, Id probably ski since it seems to have some small similarities to ice skating.
  19. Do you have a favorite color? - My favorite color is red
  20. What is your favorite quote and why? - “It’s all just bullshit” - because when you break everything down to its basic core elements, isn’t it?

Employee Spotlight: CEO Ross McGarvey

Every Monday we spotlight one of our stellar employees (this week employer) with 20 Questions. Here’s how our CEO Ross answered his:

  1. What drew you to working at a marketing agency? - Total accident!
  2. Favorite thing about Salt Lake City? - Tacos Garay
  3. What’s your favorite 80s movie? - Tron
  4. Android or iPhone? - iPhone
  5. Where did you grow up? - Scotland
  6. Who inspires you? - My Mum
  7. What’s your favorite dessert? - Pavlova
  8. Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer? - Autumn ;)
  9. Han Solo or Indiana Jones? - Indiana Jones
  10. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? - Dragonlance/Ready Player One ...
  11. Pick any superpower that you’d love to have. - Time travel
  12. How many countries have you visited? - 20
  13. Llamas or Alpacas? - Alpaca Llama for my trip ...
  14. Favorite show to binge-watch? - Chuck
  15. What is your biggest accomplishment? - Having Kids
  16. Which celebrity do you want to meet the most? - Met him already - Kurt Russell
  17. How many siblings do you have? - 2
  18. Ski or snowboard or neither? - Snowboard
  19. Do you have a favorite color? - Black
  20. What is your favorite quote and why? -  “Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!” - Tyler Durden

 


Which Superhero are You?!

If you've read our 'About' page, you know we're big fans of superheroes. We even have superheroes set as our profile pictures in the Slack app! After all, who hasn't wanted to have superpowers right?!  Take our quiz below to see if you're more of a Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Hulk, Superman, Spiderman, or Black Widow!


Employee Spotlight: Christian Pugsley

Every Monday we spotlight one of our stellar employees. This week it's none other than our permanent graphic design intern, Christian. Here's what he said:

What drew you to working at a marketing agency?
— I loved the opportunity to work in all sorts of different projects, everything from branding and packaging, to web design and ux, to even product design. Tons of things to learn.

Favorite thing about Salt Lake City?
— the access to literally anything you’d ever want from a city for adventurers. Snow in the winter, hiking and camping in the summer, mountains, lakes, rivers, good food, etc.

What’s your favorite 80s movie?
— hands down the goonies.

Android or iPhone?
— is that even a question? iPhone.

Where did you grow up?
— born on the east coast, half of my childhood in Los Angeles, all the rest took place here!

Who inspires you?
— I love work by artists like Keith Haring, ai weiwei, olafur eliason, and Banksy, people who really go out of their way to change perspectives and expectations of art and of society.

What’s your favorite dessert?
— just good ol ice cream, preferably cookie dough or strawberry

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer?
— fall for sure, canyon drives and sweater season

Han Solo or Indiana Jones?
— Han Solo, #starwarsislife

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
— any of the Calvin and Hobbs books

Pick any superpower that you’d love to have.
— I’d kill to be able to fly

How many countries have you visited?
— I believe I’m at 15? Not positive on that... potentially 16.

Llamas or Alpacas?
— had one too many experiences with llamas, let’s go with alpacas. They make nice sweaters.

Favorite show to binge-watch?
— new girl, hands down.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
— I had the opportunity to design and launch a watch company on Kickstarter and essentially build everything from the ground up. Branding, website, business plan, and the actual watch itself.

Which celebrity do you want to meet the most?
— ohhhh that’s rough, I’d probably say Steve Carell or Steve Martin, just because of the huge influences they’ve had on my life with their movies and shows.

How many siblings do you have?
— 3 siblings, 3 step-siblings, and a half-sister

Ski or snowboard or neither?
— ski is also life

Do you have a favorite color?
— I’d like to say it’s this fun red color called carmine red, but I tend to wear a lot of black these days... so idk

What is your favorite quote and why?
— “that which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our ability to do it has increased.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson. I just really love this because it’s an amazing reminder that no matter what sort of thing you’re dealing with, we as humans grow and improve, and eventually it won’t actually matter what it is we’re doing, we’ll eventually grow enough to accomplish the challenge.


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