Congratulations to Joe Acee for five years at Fingerpaint! As a kid, Joe pretended to run a “professional drawing service,” specializing in WWII aircraft. More than 30 years later, he’s part of Fingerpaint’s creative team and is flying high in the world of advertising. The father of two hockey players, he spends some of his free time on area ice rinks perfecting his skills for a local adult hockey league.
Joe recently reflected on some fond memories of our Saratoga Springs office throughout the past five years.
Name: Joseph M. Acee
Office: Saratoga Springs
What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
I was hire No. 43 of the original crew from the Division Street office in Saratoga. Everyone was packed into the old office like sardines.
Are you in the same role? What has changed about your role?
My role changes every day. I am never doing the same thing all the time, and it keeps me on my toes.
How has Fingerpaint changed over the past five years?
It has changed a lot. We moved from our first office space on Division Street to a larger two-story space on Broadway, we have three other locations throughout the country, and the benefits for the employees have improved dramatically. I would also say that some people have come and gone, but the entrepreneurial spirit of the agency has mostly remained.
Tell us one of your favorite early memories from your office.
One of my favorite early memories from the old office was microwaving salmon at lunchtime and stinking up the whole place.
Favorite thing about your office?
I like throwing paper airplanes from the second floor and seeing where they land on the first floor.
What do you love most about the entire agency?
If one office is swamped and another office is a bit slower, people pitch in to help out.
What has been your favorite Fingerpaint philanthropy project so far?
The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Athletes was the best and most rewarding experience by far. We raised a lot of money for the athletes, and the team spirit at the event was invigorating.
How many unread emails do you have in your inbox? Are you planning to read them or should you just batch delete?
What advice would you give yourself on day one of working at Fingerpaint?
Buy a good pair of noise-reduction headphones. The open work environment can get a bit distracting, and sometimes you need to tune out and focus.
What advice do you want to give yourself now after working at the agency for five years?
Stay grounded to the things that are important to you.
What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint?
Keep change in perspective. I hear a lot about how change is a constant in our business, but we should always embrace it with respect and consideration.
What did you do during your sabbatical?
Visited lots of museums, hiked a mountain called Anthony’s Nose, visited family, watched my son score his first hockey goal of the season, experimented with a new fitness program, volunteered my design services for a not-for-profit gala, traveled to Quebec City and New York City, drank a cocktail in an ice hotel, watched “Darkest Hour” with my daughter who loves historical films, played pond hockey with high school kids, and caught up on some great Netflix programs with my wife. Oh yeah, and I did not think about work at all.