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  • aturnberg 9:50 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Manager Profile: Amy Collins 

    We sat down with Amy Collins in the Plymouth office (before the craziness of the move began) to get to know what makes her tick both at work and at home.

    How did you get your start in the industry?

    I went to the University of North Dakota and studied marketing. I started my career as a sales person at a radio station and then I moved to the cities—I had been living in Grand Forks right after I graduated—and worked for ad agencies for about six or seven years, and then I was recruited by Penton Media. I worked for them and then I worked for the Business Journal for a little bit and then came here.

    So Penton was your first step into the publishing side of things. Was it a big change?

    When I first interviewed with the Penton group publisher, I was like, “Oh, I totally screwed that interview up, I’ll never get this job.” And then they called me and said, “Why don’t you come to Cleveland and interview here.” So I flew there and spent the whole day with the person who was going to be my boss. And I was like, “I can’t work for this person,” because he was kind of a snake-oil salesman; like a hit ‘em hard, hard knocks kind of guy. So when I was leaving Cleveland, I was like, “Look around, ‘cause you’re never coming back here, it’s not gonna work, we’re just not gonna fit.” They called and offered me the job… and then I turned them down. They hired me anyway, and I ended up working for them and I loved my job.

    And EPG is obviously your favorite of all your jobs, right?

    I actually have loved all my jobs. I just really enjoy what I do. I like marketing a lot, and my favorite thing to do is work with a client and figure out something that’s really cool that you can do for them that helps them, but also finding revenue opportunities for the company. I love working for the company, and I’ve really enjoyed working on the beverage side, which is obviously a brand new market for me, so that’s good.

    What’s the best part about your job?

    To be honest, the best part about my job is kidding around with everybody here. I think we have an exceptional team—teams, I should say—and for me, I think it’s probably just the personal aspect of hanging out with really fun people and doing really good work that you can be proud of.

    What takes up most of your time at work?

    I think I’m very project-oriented. On beverage, for example, we just did our Growth Brand Awards; we’ve redesigned two of the three beverage books; Chris Gerber and the team developed the three websites, and I was a part of a lot of that; we redid the e-newsletters, three of them. But then I work on Marine Dealer Conference, I get involved with the sales process [for Boating Industry] if there’s anything I can help with, Top 100 is the same way, for Powersports Business I’ve been a person that’s been directly involved with Powersports Business Institute… a lot of different things! I wish I had more time, to be honest. I’d get a lot more done.

    What’s your favorite way to unwind?

    On the lake, on a boat. That’s an easy one for me. I love being on the water, even since I was a little kid. My dad was a boat dealer for a short time and my mom had a marina at the same time.

    Do you have any pets?

    I have a cat named Hazel. I had a cat named Oliver and he was killed by a coyote in August or September. It was live by the sword, die by the sword with that cat. He liked to go out and beat up other cats or something.

    What do you usually do with your free time?

    I have three boys, they are 18, eight and five, so I spend a ton of time with my kids. It’s almost all kid time. One of my favorite things to do is watch my kids play sports. And I’m always talking about kids and jokes and stuff like that… I guess I’m not much of an introvert. I’m sure it gets me in trouble a bit, too.

  • aturnberg 9:48 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Quick Questions: Kate Swanson 

    Kate Swanson recently joined the team, so we sat down with her to get the scoop on some of her favorite things.

    What’s your job title within the company and when did you get hired?
    Assistant Editor at Powersports Business. I started on Feb. 9, 2015 (woohoo 3 months!)

    Where do you live?
    I live in Burnsville, MN.

    Where did you attend college and what was your major?
    I went to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. I graduated in May of 2014.

    What’s the one thing they didn’t teach you in school that you wish they had?
    Time management….something like Liberal Arts 100: “How to sleep and STILL get everything done”. 🙂

    Do you have any pets?
    I have one dog named Wesley. He’s a rescued dachshund beagle mix that I adopted almost a year ago. He’s awesome and I’m a bit obsessed.

    What is your absolute favorite breakfast food?
    My favorite breakfast food is hash browns. I’ve actually just ordered that for breakfast before.

    What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
    I really like Thursdays because it’s Friday-Eve. Thursday is kind of the hipster of the weekdays, no one really recognizes how awesome it is until later (Sorry, millennial joke.)

    Name some of your hobbies.
    I enjoy writing (surprise), reading, singing, tennis, running (more tolerate than enjoy), watching movies, hanging out with friends and spending time with family. I’m also learning to cook and I like spending time outside in the summer.

    Name the most interesting place you’ve traveled to.
    When I was 18, I traveled to Ireland and kissed the Blarney Stone for good luck. I’d love to go back again someday. For now, I’m staying stateside and saving up for the next travel-bug trip.

    If you could have one super power, what would it be?
    Nerd alert: Huge x-men fan. I’d be like Storm and manipulate the weather with my mind. Or Elsa from Frozen. It’s a toss-up.

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