What makes Ascedia special? Our people! Every week, we'll introduce you to a member of our team so you can get to know us a little better.
NAME AND TITLE
Marissa Gallus -- Production Manager
MY TYPICAL WORKDAY
Reviewing emails, tracking the progress of projects, setting up and attending meetings to either define requirements, allocate work, or review projects, creating and revising project timelines, working on estimates and statements of work, discussing and allocating the developers' hours for projects, testing websites/projects...
HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH
I studied marketing in college and knew I wanted to do something creative while having no actual artistic abilities. Advertising seemed like the place to be, so after starting my career at a large printing company, I got a taste of the agency world as an account manager for a small marketing agency. While there, I realized that I got most excited about the web projects I worked on and really enjoyed managing internal resources rather than external account management. That led me to Ascedia, where I get to manage cutting-edge web projects and a superstar team of developers.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ASCEDIA
I love that Ascedia is an agency strictly dedicated to the digital space. Web projects are challenging and constantly changing which keeps my job interesting. We have a casual, friendly culture and great people which makes it fun.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT
Making and selling Oblatens at the Minnesota State Fair
BEST PIECE OF CAREER/PROFESSIONAL ADVICE I'VE RECEIVED
Don’t stay at a job you hate, wasting away 40 hours a week being miserable.
FAVORITE MILWAUKEE HANGOUT
Hubbard Beer Garden
LAST BOOK READ
My respectable answer: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2nd most recent). My embarrassing but truthful answer: The Selection by Kiera Cass – it’s basically The Bachelor set in a Hunger Games-like world. (Also, I prefer audio books over reading, so both of these were listened to, not read.)
PERSON I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)
Jimmy Fallon, because he’s hilarious. Cleopatra, because I’d like to hear about what life was really like during that period in history.
Mom, Dad and older brother, who all live near St. Paul, Minnesota
WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME
Hang out with friends or do something active or outdoors (hiking, biking, running/walking, workout classes, laying in or near a lake, patio drinking)… best when done together.
I was an amateur talk show host.
MOST MEANINGFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT
Working on and launching the Reveal project for Sub-Zero and Wolf