Employee Highlight: Sam Hartz
By Emily Zalla
WHAT IS YOUR POSITION HERE AT HYPERQUAKE?
I am so happy to be the newest member of the Client Leadership team!
WHEN DID YOU START WORKING AT HYPERQUAKE?
I joined Hyperquake in March of this year (2016).
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Wisconsin but was raised in a few different states over the years. I moved from Wisconsin to Maine, to South Carolina, to Ohio. I’ve been in Ohio the longest and love it here!
WHAT HOBBIES OR PASSIONS DO YOU HAVE?
I love to paint, draw and do photography! I have a degree in Drawing and Painting, so I try to keep up with it as much as possible. I also love to kayak and spend time outside when Cincinnati weather is actually cooperating. Most often, I just spend time with my husband, dogs, and cat at home!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, TV SHOWS, AND MOVIES?
I am a big Led Zeppelin fan. I’m pretty mild-mannered, so that tends to shock a few people here and there! My favorite show is FRIENDS. I watch it almost every day (it’s usually running in the background) and can quote almost every episode. I am also a huge Harry Potter nerd…sorry, not sorry!
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET INTO YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I started my career in retail and operations management. I wound up working in Marketing due to my management experience plus creative background. It really snowballed from there and I found my passion for Marketing/project management. I love getting to dive in deep on a wide range of projects and work closely with a group of brilliant minds.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CLIENTS YOU’VE WORKED WITH IN YOUR CAREER AND WHY?
So far, I’m still fairly new so I don’t have a large list to choose from! All of the clients I’ve worked with have been my favorite so far. I really have enjoyed the variety of work I’ve been managing from branding to website design to research. It’s all been a really great experience that opens my eyes to so many different businesses and challenges I get to help solve.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AT HYPERQUAKE?
Honestly, the people I work with daily are the best part of working here. Everyone is so positive, helpful and honest. It’s really refreshing to be in a work environment that respects individuality and encourages open communication between teams. We are very collaborative here, so everyone’s opinion is valued and respected. I love it!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF PROJECTS?
So far, branding is top of the list. I really love getting to know a business or brand and then help create a path for evolution. It’s really gratifying to see the excitement that it generates and it really brings new life and energy to the clients. I also get really excited to work on more retail or customer-facing marketing projects. Career-wise, I “grew up” within the retail world, so I am excited to dive in from a different end of the pool. I have a pretty deep understanding of that environment, so I’m looking forward to bringing a new lens to this type of work.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I draw a lot of inspiration by just talking to people and getting to know their point of view. Everyone has a story to tell and experiences that have shaped how they think and act. I can learn something from every person if I just take the time to listen.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT?
I am in a constant state of evolution. As general as it sounds, I can learn more about everything. I will never stop learning and trying new things! To narrow down an immediate interest, I’d love to dive into marketing and branding strategy. I have always been interested in why people think and act the way to they do and how this influences how we speak to them as consumers.