Meet the Ascedian: Amy Paul

Amy Paul Ascedia Account Supervisor

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NAME AND TITLE

Amy Paul -- Account Supervisor

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

Typical? No two days are the same! :) 

HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH

I enjoy working with people and love a fast-paced work environment, so it was a pretty natural fit for me. 

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ASCEDIA

The casual work environment attracted me to Ascedia. I think my favorite part about working here is getting to work with people who I consider friends more than co-workers. 

EDUCATION

Graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT

Indian

FIRST JOB

Dairy Queen 

BEST PIECE OF CAREER/PROFESSIONAL ADVICE I'VE RECEIVED

Work harder than the people around you. Success is not gifted, it’s earned.

PERSONAL HERO

My grandma

FAVORITE MILWAUKEE HANGOUT

Blue’s Egg -- best brunch in town!

LAST BOOK READ

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

PERSON I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)

Nicklas Lidström

FAMILY

My fiancĂ© Steve and my dog Raji 

WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME

Drink craft beer and wine. And currently planning my wedding!

SECRET TALENT

I'm a professionally trained musician. Prior to switching to communications, I was a music major. Clarinet is my main instrument, but I also play percussion.

MOST MEANINGFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT

My first job after college was working in the County Executive’s office as a PR assistant. After only being on the job for a couple of days, I found out that it was my responsibility to plan the annual September 11 Memorial program for the county and I had less than a month to put the program and reception together. After spending three weeks planning the program and getting items donated for the reception, I got a call from the War Memorial telling me that the county was just approved to receive a piece of steel from the World Trade Center and it was going to arrive a couple of days before the event. I was tasked with reworking the program to include the steel and coordinate a media event to capture the arrival of the steel at the War Memorial downtown.

In two days, I gathered a group of over 100 motorcyclists to meet the veterans driving the steel back from the Port Authority in New Jersey and escort them from the state line to the War Memorial downtown. Over 200 people were at the War Memorial when the steel arrived, including veterans, county officials and every media outlet in town.  Two days later, over 550 people showed up on War Memorial Terrace for the ceremony, which received coverage by every TV and newspaper in Milwaukee. While media coverage for an event is usually a sign of success in the PR world, it wasn’t the reason why I considered this event successful. After the program concluded and the County Executive left, over 100 different veterans and their families approached me and thanked me for putting on such a great program and including them in the memorial service. I stayed at the War Memorial for several hours listening to them share their personal stories and explain how being a part of small moments like this truly does mean the world to them. Seeing their smiles and hearing their thank yous made me feel like for the first time in my career, I made a difference. In that moment, I realized just how valuable giving recognition can be and to never underestimate the power of saying thank you. Since then, I’ve planned dozens of events, but I can honestly say that I’ve never planned one more rewarding than this one.

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