Meet the Ascedian: Marissa Gallus

marissa gallus production manager

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.

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin – Madison

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT

Mustang

FIRST JOB

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.

FAMILY

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.

SECRET TALENT

I was an amateur talk show host.

MOST MEANINGFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT

Working on and launching the Reveal project for Sub-Zero and Wolf

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