In addition to the title on her business card, Ricki also answers to Herder of Cats, Client Whisperer, Experience Design Peddler, and once upon a time she was the VP of Social for Client Services before handing off that baton to a more qualified duo. Meet Ricki Pasinelli, Group Account Director at our Seattle office.
1. Are you originally from your current city? If not, where are you from?
So Cal! I grew up in LA, in the Valley during the 80s. The movie Valley Girl was filmed in my neighborhood and at a friend’s house. I was something else back in the day.
Went to school in San Diego, and then lived in Italy for a couple of years, all before coming to Seattle. Some would say I am now from here, as I have been in Seattle longer than anywhere else I’ve ever lived.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve definitely had some “jobs”. During my first year in Seattle, I taught public speaking at a few different community colleges—not all that interesting. But, what is interesting is that the teaching gig led to my-first-summer-in-Seattle job. Since school was out and I basically didn’t really have anything to do, coupled with the fact that I hardly knew anyone, I decided to take a job as a Barista at Seattle’s Best Coffee in Kirkland. Those three months qualify as the most ridiculous and best $6/hour I’ve ever made. It was so much fun to be amongst the people, make them sing and dance for their coffee and to meet so many interesting characters—some of these characters I still call friends to this day (I still make them sing and dance on occasion).
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Skiing, cycling, attending my kids’ sporting events (never-ending), wishing I could drink more wine.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family (everyone is now in the PNW!), friends, travel near and far, great restaurants, bitchin’ shoes—all in that order
5. What is your hidden talent?
Nothing is hidden; you get what you get. Although, I was, and still am, pretty good at rolling a quarter off my nose and into a glass of beer. If you’re nice, I’ll show you how it’s done.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Trying to pick just one pet peeve.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I like to be bossed around; sometimes I just want to be told what to do.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
• Live in a mountain/ski town
• Travel to South East Asia, Australia, South America (and other places outside of Europe)
• Coming up with a third thing for this list
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
I have a couple:
“Be there or be talked about.”
“More is not more (except for signature rings).”
“Take your birthday off!”
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
“Nobody puts baby in a corner.” – Dirty Dancing (I think I must use it in some fashion every week.)
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
Every day is unpredictable. I have no idea what is coming my way. It’s amazing and invigorating. Plus, the deep down belly laughs are good for the soul.
Working for HA and with all of these smarties makes me smarter. I’m always, always, always learning and it never gets old.