Congratulations to Danette for celebrating five years with the Fingerpaint account service team! Before starting her career in event management, business development, and account service, Danette read “Ramona Quimby” books and aspired to be Wonder Woman. She’s an avid live-music fan and expert Elmo cake baker. Essentially, she’s completely indispensable, and we’re lucky to have her. Danette, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the agency.
Read on to find out some of Danette’s fond memories during her time here, as well as what she’s looking forward to in Fingerpaint’s future.
Name: Danette Kadlic
Role: Account Service
What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
There was a hurricane and I didn’t come to work on my first day because I had a very long commute. My second day was a whirlwind, but I loved being back at an agency after taking a seven-year hiatus. My third day was Halloween and all the new faces I had just met the day before were all dressed in costumes, and I mean some pretty amazing costumes!
Are you in the same role? What has changed about your role?
Yes, account service. My responsibilities have increased and I’ve had the opportunity to help pitch and win new business for the agency. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure to work on some of our biggest accounts with some incredible people. I love the team and am excited for what’s ahead.
Tell us what an average day at Fingerpaint looks like for you:
There is no such thing as an average day at Fingerpaint, but sometimes there’s pad thai.
Tell us about one of your favorite early memories from your office:
It’s going to sound crazy, but I really liked “work detail” when once a month, names were randomly assigned to clean designated parts of the office. We’d turn on the music, team up with different folks, and brave the back shelf of the refrigerator or clean up the conference room. It sounds small, but I always loved the reminder that we are all part of the Fingerpaint community, and everyone has a role to play in making this a great (and clean) place to work!
Favorite thing about your office:
All the smart, funny, and amazing people I get to see and work with every day.
What do you love most about the entire agency?
The culture and the continued good and growth we strive to achieve. It’s not always perfect, but I’m inspired by the vision and commitment to making good things happen.
What advice would you give yourself on day one of working at Fingerpaint?
Don’t go it alone. Tapping into the people around you can really make a difference.
What advice do you want to give yourself now after working at the agency for five years?
Go easy on yourself. This industry is tough and demanding, so it’s hard sometimes to just put the “pencil” down. In account work, there’s always something else to do, to think, or to move forward, but the work is always going to be there. Finding the balance between what’s enough for each day and being smart about how to prioritize, delegate, and manage client expectations is critical to survival. I need to get better at remembering that for myself a lot of times and making sure I heed my own advice.
What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint?
I want this agency to continue to grow and add more talented and passionate people to the team.
What did you do on your one-month sabbatical?
My husband, Jeff, and I traveled with our daughter, Chloe, out to the West Coast for a 20-day Pacific Northwest road trip adventure. We spent time in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Oregon, and Washington. It was an amazing experience and we got to visit places we’ve always wanted to see, like the Redwood National Forest; Oregon Coast (including Thor’s Well and Cannon Beach, aka Goonies Beach!); Snoqualmie, Wash. (site of Twin Peaks!); and Seattle (Space Needle, Gum Wall, and Pike Place Market!). We spent time with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time and visited family in the Midwest. After the traveling phase was complete, we enjoyed some much-needed downtime at home and I managed to squeeze in a long-overdue spa day. The entire experience was incredible and something we all will always cherish.