Congratulations to Josh Skalniak for celebrating five years with Fingerpaint! Josh, a member of our public relations team in Phoenix, came to us with a sharp eye for uncovering client stories and quickly established himself as a go-to resource for broadcast and print outreach on a local, regional, and national level. When Josh isn’t busy building relationships with media and being a masterful writer, he can be found spending time with his family, writing his book, and making his Fingerpaint family laugh too hard.
Thank you, Josh, for all of the hard work, dedication, and wonderful writing you provide this agency.
Name: Josh Skalniak
Role: Public Relations
What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
I don’t really recall my first day. I do remember feeling excited to join the agency and be a part of something bigger. I think Ed had me at hello.
What do you like most about the entire agency?
Besides the people (because that’s obvious), I love the culture and how Fingerpaint truly feels like a really awesome cult family. The perks are nice, too!
What advice would you give yourself/someone entering the industry?
Learn everything you can about the marketing field as a whole, even if you don’t think it will apply to your specific career path. The industry is so integrated these days that it helps to have a good understanding of all disciplines.
What has been your favorite philanthropic initiative at Fingerpaint so far?
I’ve enjoyed all of the philanthropic events Fingerpaint puts on each year, and I hope we continue serving the community in the way that we do. But what I really love is getting the chance to use my PR skills to help nonprofits that otherwise couldn’t afford a firm. The work we do for these organizations is so much more impactful than simply writing a check.
What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint? (Keg in the kitchen, trampoline in the parking lot, four-day workweeks, etc. – any ideas are welcome)
I would love it if Ed takes us all on a cruise for our next holiday party. Come on, Ed! I bet Wendy could get us a great deal.
What are you going to do on your sabbatical? Or, what did you do on your sabbatical?
I started off with a trip to Hawaii with my wife, daughter, and mother-in-law. We stayed on the island of Kauai for a week, mostly relaxing by the beach, reading, eating, drinking, and sight-seeing. We found an actual message in a bottle on the first day. It was lying in the rocks. We smashed it open to find a four-page letter written by a widow who had just spread her late husband’s ashes into the sea. The letter was very powerful and detailed what the 30-something-year-old man was like before he died suddenly a few weeks earlier. The woman addressed it to her late husband, so we packaged it up and threw it back on our last day. I thought about sharing it on social media, but I haven’t gotten around to it.
The last three weeks of my sabbatical were spent at home relaxing and working on finishing my first novel. My goal was to finish but that didn’t quite happen, as I found out that I can’t write fiction for more than two to three hours per day without losing my mind.
Finally, I got to spend more time with my 6-year-old, which was priceless. One of the days I took her to school, like always, but as I was dropping her off, I turned the car around and told her we were skipping school for the day and she could do whatever she wanted. She chose to go to the movies, library, eat junk food, and play video games. It was awesome!
How often do you raid the beer keg/liquor cabinet?
Every morning I have a nip to take the edge off.
Who’s your favorite office dog? Why?
Snowy. His paws are huge and he likes the same food as me.
What’s your favorite thing about the location of your office (nearby snacks, mountain views)?
Safeway is right across the street. It’s my go-to for lunch, breakfast, afternoon energy drinks, Christmas shopping, bologna cravings, duct tape, you name it.