Curious as to how we find and recruit such amazing creatives? A lot of the credit goes to one woman. As Amy explains, “The peeps here are my gig, my day to day. Lots of fun HR buzz words go along with that, but short story: Driving how we get, develop, and keep the right people for HA based on the short and long term strategic + business needs of the organization is how I spend my time.”
Meet Amy Marshall, Talent Director at our Seattle office.
1. Are you originally from your current city? If not, where are you from?
Nope. I’m from eastern Washington—a lovely little town very few city folk have heard of or been to.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a few—none that are jaw dropping unusual—that definitely taught me what I didn’t want to do for the rest of my life. The most grueling was probably the Pulp and Paper Mill I worked in for 3 summers. I tested pulp samples every hour on the hour on a rotating day, swing, and graveyard shift schedule. I shoveled lots of wood chips, and I became pretty decent at using a fire hose to clean up paper pulp spills. I’m told I shared a room with my 8-year old sister one of those summers. I don’t remember that.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I paint — I’d like to paint more.
I run — I’ve been told I’m crazy for liking it.
I read — yup, I’m a nerd.
I go to art museums — love!
I hang out with our dogs — two of the cutest Chihuahua’s ever.
I spend time with my family and friends — they are pretty great.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Ice Cream. And this guy, I’m pretty proud. Ok, that’s two. In no particular order, I swear.
5. What is your hidden talent?
Does lack of any hidden talents become a hidden talent? No? Didn’t think so.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Bad grammar. Even when/if it’s mine.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to be afraid of dogs. Now I have two, and they are the best.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
• Do art — as a real job
• Sky dive
• Visit La Casa Azul
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“I don’t think you kids should be responsible for knowing what you want to do until you’re 35.” – Robert Gilmore, Professor/Painter
I don’t think this is a word for word truth, nor was it intended to be. It’s the idea that it implies. That we’re expected at such a young age to know/study/pursue exactly what we want to do with our lives before we’ve been exposed to so much of what the world has to offer. And as a young person, you tend to feel so much pressure to make it the right “forever” decision. When really it’s not, and doesn’t have to be. It’s just a step along the way. It was really great advice; I try to pass it on.
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
I am the worst at this. There are many I’m sure, but remembering them off the top of my head…. not gonna happen.
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
Oh man, I know we all say the people. But a big part of it is the people. And since my job is to build/develop the people – I’d say that’s a pretty good start to every day. I also love working in design, even though I don’t do the work, my background is in fine art so I get to bring that experience with me every day too. And the culture at HA is amazing – we collaborate, we ask questions, we take risks, and we are constantly taking on new challenges and learning. How do you not love that?