Congrats to Lisa Van Loo for celebrating five years with Fingerpaint! Lisa, a member of the public relations team in our Phoenix office, came to us as a seasoned media professional with writing experience in the print and broadcast industries. After a successful reporting career, Lisa reached new professional heights, earning bylines in national publications, while freelancing and launching a blog that captures first-time experiences. When Lisa isn’t busy taking the writing world by storm, she can be found participating in Tough Mudder competitions, attending to her urban garden, or going on “off the grid” weekend adventures with her family.
During her sabbatical, Lisa took a traditional Griswold family road trip throughout the country’s national parks before returning home and collapsing on the couch for some much-needed relaxation!
Thank you, Lisa, for your dedication, positive attitude, and bright smile you bring to the agency every day.
Name: Lisa Van Loo
Role: Public Relations
What did you do on your sabbatical?
We decided to Griswold this summer and take a road trip, with five kids, from Phoenix to Zion National Park and on to Glacier National Park, then Yellowstone National Park, then Arches National Park before returning home and collapsing.
What did learn on your sabbatical that you brought back to Fingerpaint?
There is no bad adventure. Meaning, every excursion or idea leads to something else. Take the trail, with your sneakers or your own personal brainstorm, and see where it goes. Also, good snacks cure every foul mood.
What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
The thought of having to find a childhood photo that wasn’t horrible.
What do you like most about the entire agency?
I appreciate the values most: The fact that the agency supports families, understands how hard everyone works, and aspires to achieve a solid work-life balance.
What advice would you give yourself/someone entering the industry?
Talk to as many people as you can and learn as much as you can. Burn no bridges but stick to your values. The industry is smaller than it seems, so you never know how a connection you make will impact your future.
What’s your take on Fingerpaint’s commitment to philanthropy?
I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like Fingerpaint’s commitment to philanthropy. It’s not often that companies pony up a budget, or give away billable hours, to ensure that as members of a community we have a chance to support others in need.
What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint? (Keg in the kitchen, trampoline in the parking lot, 4-day work weeks, etc. – any ideas are welcome)
Other than our next bonus coming in the form of a baby animal—like a puppy or piglet—I’d say Fingerpaint totally has it going on. I wouldn’t ever oppose a four-day workweek. It’s all the rage, and we’re trendy, so.