After a particularly rough week, Courtney and Hillary were playing ping-pong in an old upstairs apartment adjacent to their current office space. During the competitive game, they began to dream about how amazing it would be to convert the empty space into a new, larger office. As the game continued, they noticed a sad, lonely stuffed llama in the corner. They decided that “nobody puts Dolly in a corner!” Thus, the character of Dolly Llama came alive!
Over the next 3 years, Hillary and Courtney's dream of expanding into the abandoned apartment became a reality, and through all the renovations and hard work, Dolly remained steadfast as a mascot for the business.
In 2018 on Valantine’s Day, as a gift from Regen (2nd Story Marketing Ninja), Molly Llama showed up by Dolly's side. Molly brought out a motherliness in Dolly that had not been seen before! Although Dolly doesn't get out of the office much, Molly is sure to have some adventures of her own!
Both Dolly and Molly symbolize the culture at 2nd Story Marketing.
This is no llama drama, 2nd Story Marketing is the team that can help your business with creative ideas that will make a difference, as well as bring some shenanigans and the fun!
This summer we are welcoming some new faces to 2nd Story Marketing! Here at 2nd Story Marketing we are passionate about creating and sharing the good. The office is located on the second floor and although it may be a hike to get here, the people that you will meet make the climb worth it. The team here at 2nd Story Marketing know not only how to market well but also how to have a good time while doing so. Getting to know the people behind the marketing is important because it helps create relationships and share the good. The more we learn about each other, and the more you learn about us the better we can discover how to best share the good. So as the new intern I was tasked with asking them some questions so that both you and I could get to know them better! Some of the questions I asked included:
1. What are some of your hobbies?
2. What do you love about marketing/ what is your favorite part of marketing?
3. What is a fun fact about yourself?
4. What are you looking forward to this summer?
5. Cat or dog person and why?
Hillary Eley is the “Chief Mischief Officer” who loves to read, golf, and currently keep her teenage children in line. Hillary says that she loves marketing because “it’s a new challenge every day.” She loves that through marketing “we can bring people together” by highlighting the goods and services businesses provide and bringing non-profits and people together behind a common cause. She and Courtney “have become extremely purposeful about who we work with.” A fun fact about Hillary is she skipped the third grade. She says that she is looking forward to “sitting in the sunshine with a good book and listening to kids laughing in the pool.” When asked if she is a cat or a dog person she said that “while she loves her dogs, as a business owner and the mom of two busy teens, the low-maintenance a cat provides it appealing!”
Courtney Dirschell is the “Marketing Maven” whose hobbies include: crafting, decorating, vintage shopping, gardening, volunteering at the Coldwater Farmers Market, teaching Service Learning at KCC, and spending time with the cutest nephews in this world. She says that her favorite part about marketing is the fact that there is a “variety of work” and how she can interact with the community on daily basis. Courtney says that a fun fact about herself is that she loves searching “for amazing treasures (clothes and decor) in consignment and second-hand stores.” She is looking forward to working on some home projects, including creating a craft room! She loves to spend time with her in-laws on Morrison Lake. When asked if she is a dog or cat person she says that she is definitely a dog person, or a chicken person because she has three and there is nothing better than fresh eggs.
Regen Stahl is the “Marketing Ninja” whose hobbies include listening to music, going to concerts, playing board and card games, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her family and pets. She says that her favorite part about marketing is “getting to be creative with everything” that she does. She says that she loves how “marketing looks different for every business or organization, and that there’s not just one right answer to anything.” A fun fact about Regen is that she has traveled to more Caribbean islands than U.S. states. Regen is going to see both Sam Smith and Harry Styles in concert and has a few more concerts in the works, so she is hoping that her summer will be filled with music. She says that she is both a dog and a cat person. She has two dogs and one cat and claims that she loves them all equally- but says she is guilty of purchasing things just because there is a cat on it- so perhaps she is more of a cat person after all!
Don Marx is the new “Design Guy” at 2nd Story Marketing. His main hobby is graphic design. Don says that his favorite part about graphic design is concept development. A fun fact about Don is that he loves being a grandfather and says that “it is so much easier than being a father.” Don is looking forward to spending time with his grandkids on the lake this summer. When I asked Don if he is a dog or cat person he said that he is “a dog person stuck with a cat” because they had a cat that showed up to his home 18 years ago and his dog raised her and when the dog passed he was left with a cat with an identity crisis (thinking she was a dog).
Melissa Myers is the new “Graphic Guru” says that she “enjoys the process of graphic design because you can start out with a blank slate and then get to see an amazing product in the end that you created yourself.” She enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, and of course shopping! A fun fact about Melissa is that she went to Germany on a three-week cross-cultural trip during college and absolutely loved it! She says that she is “learning German and has a working knowledge of it.” This summer she is “looking forward to learning more about graphic design in the real world from 2nd Story Marketing as well as kayaking when she is not at the office.” When asked if she is a dog or cat person she said that she “is more of a dog person because they tend to be cuddlier than cats.”
I am the new “Incredible Intern,” Molly Arendt, and I enjoy golfing, traveling, swimming, and being outside whenever the sun shines (which seems rare here in Coldwater). I think that the best part of marketing is the fact that there is always something new and fun to work on and also the fact that there is never a dull moment at the office. A fun fact about me is that I really like pistachio pudding, maybe a bit too much. I am looking forward to my vacation abroad and being able to spend time with family and friends. I am more of a dog person because dogs are loyal, unlike felines.
Well now that you know the team a little better, feel free to make the hike up to the office and say hello! And as always, don’t forget to #ShareTheGood.