Meet Our Team: Donna Leo

Donna Leo

This is the 18th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Bradley Korn, our Lead Software Developer, here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

The spotlight this month is on Donna Leo, who took some time out of her very busy schedule to answer our questions!

Q: What is your job here at DME?

A: Mailing Requirements.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

A: The most enjoyable thing about my job is working with my coworkers. Constant changes with postal regulations makes answering questions on the spot more difficult.

Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

A: I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my new granddaughter.

Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

A: Purple because it’s my favorite color.

Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

A: To fly.

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

A: 1955.

Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

A: Matches, water, and a pocket knife.

Q: What is your favorite book to read?

A: Really anything by V.C. Andrews!

Q: What makes you laugh the most?

A: My granddaughter, Marley. She makes some crazy faces!

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Scented candles.

Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A: Gator tail – tastes like chicken!

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?

A: Derby Day in Kentucky. My mom always had a huge Derby party.

Q: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

A: Kyle Busch.

Q: What’s your favorite type of food?

A: Mexican.

Meet Our Team: Bradley Korn

Bradley Korn

This is the 18th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Emily Giacalone, from Production Support, here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team

The spotlight this month is on Bradley Korn, who took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer our questions!

Q: What is your job here at DME?

A: I am currently the Lead Software Developer responsible for the Intelligent Production Network (or IPN), which allows order integration with any commerce system, and places orders into the production system. During my tenure at DME, I have also been responsible for leading the development of the early phases of the DME Connect system, which allows our customers to host web-to-print ecommerce solutions, which incidentally feed orders to the IPN. I was also very active in the far-reaching revamp of the DME Business Management System (or BMS) that occurred during my first year at DME. In addition, I have served as its Lead Developer since that time. My daily tasks involve monitoring and tracking bugs for all the above systems, as well as guiding the development of new features for all the above systems. I also act as the liaison between the Application Services group of software developers, and the help desk technicians in the Information Technology group to coordinate on help desk tickets concerning the applications we support.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

A: The most enjoyable part of my role is being able to see the systems on which I work being actively used. As I walk through the halls and offices of DME, I see the applications I mentioned above being used by many of the employees at DME, and that makes me proud. Among the most challenging parts of my role are the following: providing an accurate estimate of time and work to address a bug or new feature of a system, translating the technical speak that I have to deal with every day into the language of that my customers (both internal and external to DME) can understand, and juggling the always changing priorities that come from the business leaders at DME.

Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

A: I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly historical and religious works, and mostly about Western History and Religion. I also watch plenty of movies and TV shows, and spend a lot of time at all parts of Walt Disney World. In addition, I do plenty of strength training, but fall short when it comes to cardiovascular exercise.

Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

A: Pure red, which is the color of passion, and if you are at all familiar with me, you know I have that in spades.

Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

A: If my sister were to answer that question on my behalf, she would say I was already a superhero and that my power is the ability to instantly bore anyone out of their mind. If I had to pick, it would be time travel, much like Dr. Who does. For those who don’t know, he is a time lord, and can go anywhere in time, provided he uses his TARDIS.

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

A: There are so many different places on the space-time continuum I’d like to visit, that it’s hard to choose. But, if I’d have to choose, I would go back to the deepest, darkest years of what historians call the saeculum obscurum (Latin for the Dark Age), roughly from around AD 900 through AD 1050, when all of Europe (which had been the light of civilization) was dragged into a ditch from which it would take centuries to crawl back out of. I most wish to know if there was actually a Pope Joan (which would have been during that time period), because most historians agree there wasn’t, but you never know…

Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

A: Anything I brought would be a waste. Maybe a soccer or volleyball. I am too much a creature of civilization. I would never be able to last as long as Tom Hanks did in Castaway. Wilson!

Q: What is your favorite book to read?

A: My favorite book to read is most definitely the Bible. I have a large collection of Bible versions, mostly in English, but I also have Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Bibles as well. I have many different formats of the Bible as well, Jewish (Old Testament only, and in an order foreign to most people), Catholic and Orthodox (maintaining the Apocrypha in position normally), and the most familiar Protestant, the usual 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New Testament. I should point out that I read and study the Bible as an academic pursuit, as literature, not for devotional or spiritual purposes.

Q: What makes you laugh the most?

A: Honestly, there are so many things that make me laugh, it would be hard to pick either one or a few. See my answer to number 13 below, because Amy Schumer is hilarious. And, I guess there’s also that scene from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, when Jim Carrey has to get out of the fake rhinoceros…

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: I collect Disney pins (from Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, primarily, although I do have some from Disneyland in California and Paris), I have lots of coffee mugs (the latest are the Starbuck’s You Are Here series), and my biggest collection is of Bibles, as mentioned previously. I also have many volumes of Bible commentary, and books from Jewish tradition, like the Mishnah and the Talmud, which are, for Jews, the foundational equivalent to the New Testament for Christians.

Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A: When I was a child, my mother often made both liver and kidneys (beef), and I’ve had my share of things like blood sausage and head cheese. I’ve eaten eel, squid, shark, frog, and grasshopper, so take your pick. And FYI, most of that isn’t kosher, if you’re wondering.

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?

A: My mother was raised in a good protestant family, but converted to Judaism before marrying my father, who was raised in a Jewish family (in one of the most Jewish parts of Queens, Bayside, or at least it was back in the 50’s), so my family has a set of mixed traditions. I gather with much of my family and friends in Fort Lauderdale for Passover every year, (where I’ll be going on April 22 for the first seder this year), and then I gather with other family and friends every year at my uncle’s place outside Baltimore for Christmas. I love spending time with my family.

Q: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

A: I would really love to talk to Amy Schumer. That woman is absolutely hilarious, and she came out of nowhere just a couple years ago. From being the hack invited to do the Comedy Central Roasts (successor to the old Friar’s Club Roasts, if you remember those), to starring in not only her own movies, but her own comedy series, in just two years… I just want to know how.

Q: What’s your favorite type of food?

A: Well, on the back of my DME business cards (which, my apologies to Mike Panaggio, I sometimes forget to carry on my person) it says Prime Rib. And that is certainly my favorite meet dish, especially when served with a nice large baked potato with butter and sour cream, and preceded by a traditional Caesar salad, made table-side, with coddled egg and anchovies (because otherwise it’s not really a Caesar salad). Jackie Gleason would be proud (although he’d want to caviar on toast points too), as would my dad. So there, you got my whole favorite meal as well.

Meet Our Team: Gene Granger

Gene Granger

This is the 16th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Michael Carey, Implementation Manager, here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

 

The spotlight this month is on Gene Granger, who took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer our questions!

 

Q: What is your job here at DME Sports?

A: I wear many hats for all of the DME Sports entities… For our DME Academy’s Post Grad Program, we are lucky enough to have some of the finest coaches in the business. As their Athletic Director, I try to make sure the only thing they have to think about is coaching. For DME Sports, I work with mostly the basketball programs. A few things I do:  introduce DME Sports to others in the basketball industry, develop programs, and finally build relationships with coaches as it relates to our vision and mission for DME Sports. For the founders Dan and Mike Panaggio, I take care of whatever is needed at any given moment for the facility to keep functioning.

 

Q: For those who aren’t familiar with it, what all goes on over at DME Sports?

A:  At DME Sports we have an extremely knowledgeable team, from the administration to the crew. We have great coaches in volleyball, basketball and in our speed, strength and agility departments. There are 14 Club teams that practice and compete within the volleyball department. When it comes to basketball we have several teams under the post graduate academy; that is headed by the nationally known, Coach Chris Chaney. Our basketball program also hosts camps, clinics, skill training, and prep events on a regular basis. The strength, speed and agility department has the absolute best equipment which gives us the ability to do the very best with each program we offer.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

A: The most enjoyable part is getting on the court to train athletes whenever possible. A large amount of the responsibility is administrative work. Implementing and tracking, to progress of the assessment data of the basketball department. I enjoy that each day is unique; for me, being a part of DME Sports from the very beginning has been an honor and a pleasure to see the evolving identity of the facility. That could be viewed as a challenge, but it is a great part of the growth and the vibrant future.

 

Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

A: I spend every free moment with Carter; my son. I also enjoy going out to eat and going to sporting events for football and basketball. Our family takes full advantage of the proximity of Daytona to all of the beaches along the coast.

 

Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

A: Flying

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

A: 3150 BC

 

Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

A: Knife, matches, and string.

 

Q: What makes you laugh the most?

A: Best friend Brett Blizzard and the movie “LIFE”

 

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Christmas ornaments

 

Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A: Various types of Sushi

 

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?

A: The annual Summer family reunions

 

 

Meet Our Team: Michael Carey

Michael Carey

The Meet Our Team spotlight this month is on Michael Carey, who took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer our questions! Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

Q: What is your job here at DME?

A: My title is Implementation Manager, I work with our clients to setup and maintain Web to Print store portals built on DME’s Connect platform. First I explain to the client what they will need to give to us in order to build their portal. I organize their files and groom their requests into something that the configuration and IS teams can use to build the portals.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

A: This is a very deadline orientated role so my favorite moments come right after sending out emails with project completions, the best part is the endorphin rush/ sense of relief of getting the email confirmation the job is approved by the client. The most challenging thing about this position is trying to interpret the client’s intentions. Clients often have very specific needs or objectives, but they don’t have the right terminology to ask for it, so being able to pry into and parse out sentences without sounding condescending is definitely a skill set you need in this job.

 

Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

A: I enjoy cooking and otherwise can be found binging on critically acclaimed, serial television shows or a video game.

 

Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

A: “Mauvelous”, I’m partially color blind so I judge crayons by their names almost exclusively and that name reminds of a stupid old Billy Crystal impression.

 

Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

A: I have spent a shocking amount of my life trying to answer this question, I would choose the power of narrative awareness. Essentially were I a character in a comic book or movie, my power would be to know how the story ends. For instance, if I lived in Gotham City I would know when to leave to avoid the nearly constant water supply poisonings. Maybe I could open up a little consulting business on the side, letting heroes in on what happens next. I am a coward at heart so I wouldn’t want too high profile.

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what era would you travel to?

A: Somewhere in 70 to 60 BC, right before the civil wars that allowed Julius Caesar to take command of Rome. It’s a fascinating period that is really well documented (especially for how long ago it was) but there are still there are a ton of unanswered questions. I would be willing to risk the shocking level of violence in the period just to see if Pompey and Caesar really were all that history makes them out to be. Seeing a Roman Triumphal Parade would be amazing too.

 

Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

A: A computer connected to the web, a coffee tree/bush (or an unending bag of Blue Bottle Coffee) and some manner of gourmet food drop service.

 

Q: What is your favorite book to read?

A: Tough one, I would pick “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jarrod Diamond. It’s an interesting book about human history, but I pick it mostly for nostalgic reasons. I don’t know how or why, but I have read that book on every flight where I have moved between states (the streak is at 4 now).

 

Q: What makes you laugh the most?

A: Silly things that at first seem false or like a non-sequitur, but are revealed to have been true and cogent. I can’t think of a popular example, but there’s a semi-obscure comedy “UHF” which has a scientist character imply that he is an alien being, all the characters assume he is crazy until the end of the movie when he returns to his people in a beam of light. Just thinking about that puts a smile on my face.

 

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Not really, I am pretty big on avoiding anything that requires dusting. I guess I would say video games, I have a hard drive full of unplayed (but paid for) video games. Probably my biggest collection of anything is all the wires for my electronics, but I didn’t collect that on purpose.

 

Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A: Balut which is a Filipino delicacy, you take a duck egg and allow it to nearly fully form but then boil it when it’s not quite ready to get out of the egg. The consistency is like a soft chocolate bar with crunchy bits inside, it tastes like a meatier egg yolk. It’s an unsettling sight, the one I ate had the duck partially hiding it’s beak under a wing, it would have looked adorable if it wasn’t covered in veins. It required a lot of alcohol and perceived slights to my masculinity by my peer group to eat it, not something I would eat again.

 

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?

A: During Christmas my family has a little ceremony where the youngest person in the room puts the angel atop the tree on Christmas Eve. The thing I love is that the angel we use is this brown burlap and cardboard thing that my great grandmother got from her dry cleaner in Germany in the 50’s. It’s over half a century old and is very plain but there is something really romantic about this sad little topper traveling the globe from Bavaria to Florida and holding a place of honor within a family.

 

Q: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

A: Tom Hanks, because that guy has delightful on lock.

 

Q: What’s your favorite type of food?

A: I have a different answer to that question every day. I enjoy Indian and Ethiopian food the most, though admittedly I have been eating a lot of bacon cheeseburgers lately.

Be on the lookout for our next Meet Our Team interview in the near future!

Meet Our Team: Kris Kringle

The Meet Our Team Spotlight this month is on Kris Kringle, but most of you may know him by his nickname, Santa Claus. Even though it’s his busy season, he stopped to answer a few questions for us! Thanks for reading Meet Our Team!

Q: What is your job here at DME?
A: To bring cheer to all of the good boys and girls who work so hard throughout the year… And deliver coal to the one’s who don’t.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?
A: Riding in my sleigh and feeling the breeze in my beard is my favorite thing about my job… Well maybe second to milk and cookies. The most challenging is those damn kids and pets who try to blow my cover!

Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?
A: Well, lately…. I seem to be helping Buddy the Elf find his dad. He seems to get lost quite a bit. Or shooing off those elf on the
shelf fellows. How creepy.

Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?
A: A tie-dyed crayon of red and green, they are kind of my
signature colors.

Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?
A: I am kind of a super hero, if you haven’t noticed. I never age, I keep my boyish figure full and never have to color my hair… Also that whole naughty or nice intuition. Yeah, it’s pretty great to be me!

Q: If you could go back in time, what era would you travel to?
A: The age of the dinosaurs…no offense to the reindeer, but I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a pterodactyl guide my sleigh!

Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
A: Cookies, my favorite Christmas boxers, and the Mrs..

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki, obviously… It’s in the title!

Q: What makes you laugh the most?
A: My reindeer! They’re so silly when they play their reindeer games! Except Rudolph, he’s usually pretty lame but on foggy nights.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Do reindeer count? I have 9 if you count Rudolph, whom only really helped me that one foggy Christmas Eve when he guided my sleigh and the rest of the reindeer acted like they liked him so he wouldn’t feel so bad about only being helpful once.

Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: Well… Let’s just say I had 10 reindeer until the great blizzard of 1815.

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?
A: Every year on Christmas Day me and the Mrs like to lock ourselves in our house and have an elves free day!

Q: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
A: Grumpy Cat, of course! Everyone needs a bit of Christmas Cheer, even those rude little cats who destroy beautifully decorated trees. I know… you thought I’d say the Tooth Fairy but let me say, she’s a real bore!

Q: What’s your favorite type of food?
A: Cookies dipped in milk. Mrs. Claus makes me diet 364 days a year. But then again I sneak some of the elves’ main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Syrup. What Mrs. Claus doesn’t know won’t hurt her.

Meet Our Team: Jessica Albert-Brown

Meet Our Team

This is the 13th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Albert Silva, Product Configurator , here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

The spotlight this month is on Jessica, who is a newer DME employee (and also awesome blog writer!). We caught up with her to learn more about her and her adorable bunnies!

1. What is your job here at DME?

Marketing Coordinator.

2. What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

I really like the interaction in this role. I get to work with people in a bunch of departments. The most challenging part has been learning the ins and outs of all of DMEs entities. There’s a lot going on at DME than what meets the eye.

3. When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

I have two very adorable bunnies that are house rabbits that take up most of my free time. When I’m not home they are in their cages next to each other but when I’m home they have free range of my apartment and like to have fun. My one won’t sit still while my other is quite the couch potato. He sits on the couch or in front of the TV when it’s on.

4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

Purple. Simply because it’s the best color.

5. If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

Supersonic speed, so that I could wait until the last minute to leave to go anywhere.

6. Do you collect anything?

I collect vintage jewelry. I rarely wear any of the pieces I collect because I’m so afraid of losing them or them breaking. I have more fun going to estate sales and finding them rather than wearing them. The craftsmanship of estate pieces is unlike anything created today.

7. What’s your favorite family tradition?

Growing up, I spent two weeks every summer in Cape May Point, New Jersey with my mom’s side of the family. My extended family owns 3 houses next door to each other and one a block away, so everyone gets to spend time together. As everyone is getting older, getting married, and having children, it’s great to have that time to get away from the real world and just enjoy each other’s company.

8. What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Mindy Kaling. She’s a writer, comedian, and actress who’s served as executive producer, writer, and director on The Office and The Mindy Project. She’s such an inspiration to be yourself and kick butt at what you do.

9. What’s your favorite type of food?

Popcorn. Specifically, PopSecret’s Sea Salt flavor. It’s the way to my heart.

Meet Our Team: Hope Lee

Meet Our Team Spotlight

This is the 11th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Brandi Alcock, Product Configuration Team Lead ,  here. Thanks for reading Meet Our Team!

The spotlight this month is on Hope, a new addition to our growing Fulfillment department! We are quickly learning her value here at DME, and we decided to get to know her a little better.

1. What is your job here at DME?

My job here at DME is Retail Fulfillment Processor. While I wear many hats throughout the day in this department, the main goal for me is to process orders for DME retail (and often other departments), ensure the quality/quantity of the products, and prepare them for shipment in a timely and efficient manner.

2. What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

What I enjoy most about my role is never expecting the same thing every day. As the company changes (and expands), every day is basically a new opportunity for me to learn and do new things. Although I have only been here two weeks, I have already learned so much, and continuing to do so on a daily basis is really enjoyable. The most challenging thing is also something I enjoy, which is a busy day! While processing a ton of orders can be a challenge, it’s a great way to keep me on my toes.

3. When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

When I’m not working, I really enjoy spending time with my friends (as annual pass holders, we go to Disney quite a bit), relaxing with my family, and abusing Netflix.

4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

If I were a crayon, I would be blue. It is my favorite color, and for me, represents serenity and lightheartedness.

5. If you were a superhero what would your powers be?

If I were a superhero, I would love the ability to multiply myself and be many places at once.

6. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

If I could go back in time, I would travel to the year 2007, because it was the year the iPhone debuted, and therefore the perfect time for me to have invested in Apple Inc. stock.

7. What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

If I could only have three items on a deserted island, I would choose a fully-assembled fishing pole, sunglasses, and a bottomless margarita. You know, so I can enjoy the me-time.

Meet Our Team: Brandi Alcock

Meet Our Team Spotlight Series

This is the 10th post in our Meet Our Team Monthly Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Debbie Bartholomew, Mail Sorter,  here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

The DME Spotlight this month is on Brandi, our Product Configuration Team Lead at DME. She does a lot of hard work for us, and we are happy to introduce her to our blog followers!

1. What is your job here at DME?

Product Configuration Team Lead, and on rare occasion Web Developer.

2. What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

I enjoy doing developer work most, as I find it to be a constant learning experience. The most challenging part of my job is balancing the Product Config group schedule. We’re a pretty small group, but we have a lot tasks beyond the e-commerce systems that we do. Some weeks it’s an interesting shuffle to cover all tasks, but the guys are pretty dependable for that.

3. When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

Photography is my original passion, so I like to get back to that whenever possible. A lot of my time is spent planning and creating costumes, especially as I’ve branched in to moving parts in recent years. I find myself having to start planning as much as a year in advance for some of the more complicated ones.

4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?

Cerulean Blue – it’s been my favorite crayon color since my first big box of Crayola.

5. If you were a super hero what would your powers be?

Sarcasm, most likely. Though, that’s probably already my super power. I’d love to be able to fly. It’d certainly make commuting easy.

6. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

If I could go back in time, I doubt I’d choose one year only. I’d love to go back to many times and document how history really happened.

7. What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

Seeing as I’m a super hero, the island is of course my Fortress of Solitude. I’d need my iPod, possibly sketching supplies or my camera, and a good book. If I’m not a super hero I’d certainly need a functioning boat at the very least, food supplies, and a stack of good books. Or a solar powered e-reader loaded with my favorites.

Meet Our Team: Debbie Bartholomew

This is the ninth post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Greg Dean, Executive VP of Marketing and Technology,  here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team Spotlight!

Meet Debbie, one of DME’s letter shop employees. She is full of hard working energy with an amazing personality to match! Take a look for yourself!

1. What is your job here at DME? –

My job is mail sorter/inserter operator.

2. What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?

Meeting people and training them on their new job.

Learning all the different positions in the mail room.

3. Before working at DME, what was your most unusual job?

C & D Battery located in Penna., I made different generators and batteries parts and having my own personal tool box was quite unusual.

4. Do you have a motto, personal mantra or favorite quote?

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

5. What are 3 words that you think best describe you?

Caring, enthusiastic, honest.

6. When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

Reading God’s Word, walking on the beach, and spending time with family and church activities.

7. If you found a genie in a magic lamp, what are the three things you’d wish for?

Wisdom for loving and living well, having a better education so that I could have a better job opportunity, having enough money to benefit others.

Meet Our Team: Greg Dean

This is the eighth post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read March’s interview with Ron Durie, VP of Client Solutions,  here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

This month’s Employee Spotlight features one of our newest “old” DME employees, Greg Dean. Greg returns to us after being away since 2011. He rejoins our team as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

1. What is your job here at DME?

As Executive Vice President Marketing and Technology, I get an opportunity to work alongside some of the best minds in the industry. I feel fortunate be part of the DME tapestry, and surrounded by so much passion and talent. In my current role, I work with the marketing, sales and technology teams to develop and position capabilities for ensuring our success and securing our position as a leader in direct marketing.

 

2. How does that differ from the last time you were at DME?

From July 1994 through June 2011, I enjoyed several technology-related job titles. While in the position of CTO (my previous position at DME), I focused primarily on the technology and infrastructure behind the capabilities and solutions. This was during a time when technologies were not readily available off-the-shelf, and needed to be created, developed and deployed by our in-house technology team.

 

3. What was your career focus while you were away?

I spent the past four years fully-immersed in the world of Madison-Avenue advertising and marketing. While serving as CTO for a New York agency, I got an opportunity to spread my “marketing wings” and fly alongside agencies such as RAPP, Wunderman, Saatchi & Saatchi and MKTG. I focused mostly on data strategies, digital strategies and trend-setting marketing strategies.

 

4. Do you have a motto, personal mantra or favorite quote?

“The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.” -Harry S. Truman

 

5. What are 3 words that best describe you?

Honest, Persistent and Creative

 

6. When you are not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?

Compose music, play piano and saxophone, work on my latest painting—and of course, spending time with my wife (Tammy).