Take a Logger to Work Day 2015 Hosts

Callie (Snyder) Bruhn '08 (Portland, OR)
Kathleen Deakins '79 (Tacoma)
Greg Friedman (Portland, OR)
Hakim Jones '02 (Portland, OR)
Andrea Tull '02 (Tacoma)
Nik Perleros '04 (Kirkland, WA)
Dr. Amit Vasavada (Davis, CA)
Amy Winterowd '99 (Portland, OR)

Callie (Snyder) Bruhn '08, Communication Studies
PR Account Supervisor, Edelman (Portland, OR)


What I do in my current position:

I work with the largest public relations agency in the world, currently serving as an account supervisor. My primary job is that of a consultant - I work with my clients to develop ongoing PR strategies and in turn, programs, to help them reach their various business goals. This could include activities such as media relations, experiential consumer events, internal/employee communications, social media community management, etc. I currently work with only natural/organic food brands, but have previously worked with tech startups, wineries, restaurants and celebrity chefs.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

I worked as a restaurant and celebrity chef publicist doing media research and outreach, event planning and editorial writing and learned that every job (no matter how hard it is) teaches you something you'll carry with you forever!

Kathleen Deakins '79, Communications
President, JayRay (Tacoma)


What I do in my current position:

Lead a team of professionals who provide advertising, marketing and strategic communications services to clients in the Puget Sound area and across the country. Clients include organizations in health care, financial services, real estate development, government and nonprofits.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

My first job after graduating from college was handling media relations for the University of Puget Sound. Some of the tasks I did were writing for the alumni magazine, handling media relations for campus events and developing communication plans for major projects. One lesson I learned from this experience was to plan always consider the perspective of the person you are trying to influence be it a reporter, a donor or my boss.

Greg Friedman
Chief Executive Officer, Greycourt (Portland, OR)


What I do in my current position:

We advise ultra-high net worth families on portfolio construction (asset allocation), manager selection and implementation.

We would plan to have the student review our detailed outlook for the economy and markets and would discuss how we arrived at our conclusions. Also, if scheduling permits, we would have the student join one of our professionals in interviewing an investment manager. We would provide background material on the manager prior to the visit.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

My first job after graduating college was an insurance underwriter. Some of the tasks I performed were meeting with brokers, evaluating engineering and risk reports and filling out lots of mindless paperwork. One lesson I learned from this was to question why you are being asked to perform certain tasks. The mere act of asking often affords access to more senior decision-makers than would normally be the case.

Hakim Jones '02, Business Administration
Senior Financial Specialist, Intel (Portland, OR)


What I do in my current position:

As a Senior Financial Specialist, I help Intel make strategic investment decisions to support our various business units. Students will learn about Intel's history, products and culture.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

Inside Sales Representative for Weyehaeuser. I processed sales orders and product inquiries for Weyerhaeuser building materials. One lesson I learned from this experience was the importance of listening to understand, instead of listening to respond.

Nik Perleros '04, Theatre Arts
Director and Producer, RUN Studios (Kirkland, WA)


What I do in my current position:

RUN Studios is a video production vendor for Microsoft, PopCap Games, Activision, Intel, and BlueTooth (among many others). We're a company of about 60 people.

As a producer, I take meetings with my clients (primarily Microsoft), create a production schedule and scope for them video projects that have budgets between $10k-$400k, hire all the creative, production and post-production crew, secure locations and manage insurance, and manage the client on set to make sure they are getting what they are paying for. Then I oversee post-production, sticking to an approved work-back schedule to ensure on-time delivery of the video assets.

As a director, I pitch creative video solutions to my client and work closely with a producer to fulfill my vision within budget. I also work with a team of artists -- director of photography, art director, location manager, makeup and wardrobe person, etc. -- to cast actors, pick locations, select wardrobe and set pieces and props that fit the piece I'm making. On set is where I have the most fun, directing my DP and the actors to get the shots and performances I want. In post, I ensure the video edit and music is up to my standards for delivery.

And oftentimes I both produce and direct my own projects.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

My first job after graduating from college was teaching film classes at the Tacoma School of the Arts. I created the curriculum for two classes and taught the technical and creative basics of filmmaking, as well as made short films with my students. One lesson I learned from this experience was that I don't really enjoy teaching. I left SOTA after a year and acted professionally for the next few years while also managing many different creative freelance gigs. My first "big kid" job was as the video producer at the EMP Museum starting in 2009.

Andrea Tull '02, Politics & Government
Director, Government Relations, Coordinated Care (Tacoma)

What I do in my current position:

I oversee all local, state and federal government relations for managed health care plan that serves nearly 200,000 members enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and in the Washington State-based Exchange. Responsibilities include public policy and regulatory analysis; drafting legislative and regulatory position papers; developing strategic communication materials, including talking points, presentations, and public testimony; executing political advocacy, outreach, and communication strategies; outreach to elected officials and state agencies; providing public testimony for legislative hearings and meetings; cultivating relationships with state agency staff and community groups; coalition building; and lobby on behalf of organization to advance legislative and budget priorities.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

Working on a Congressional political campaign doing everything from putting up yard signs, knocking on doors, and other "traditional" Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities. I then transitioned into political fundraiser, event planning and donor prospecting. Working on a campaign I realized I didn't like that and wanted to do something else! But I learned the value of hard work and connections. Though I didn't enjoy the job, this experience led me to my next job, which I loved. After a few years, I moved to DC to work on Capitol Hill for a Member of Congress as his legislative assistant on health care policy issues.

Dr. Amit Vasavada
Vice President, Technology, Marrone Bio Innovations (Davis, CA)



What I do in my current position:

Manage the development of biopesticides for sustainable practices in agriculture. We use fermentation biotechnology and formulation technologies to use natural microorganisms as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides in organic and traditional farming. We apply microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and engineering to develop these products.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

I worked in biotechnology for the development of human therapeutics. I used fermentation as a way to develop genetically engineered yeast to produce human insulin, AIDS vaccine candidates and Hepatitis C virus detection test. During my tenure, I learned how to use microorganisms to create beneficial products for humans and animals.

Amy Winterowd '99, Communication Studies
Director of Marketing & Business Development, Yost Grube Hall Architecture (Portland, OR)

What I do in my current position:

Works in tandem with firm’s senior leadership made up of three principals and three associate principals, reporting directly to the President. Collaborates and provides strategic direction for all market sectors. Instrumental in business development efforts including identification of opportunities, initial contact, continuous cultivation of relationships and ongoing maintenance. Responsible for developing annual marketing budget, overseeing marketing personnel, leading public relations efforts in coordination with an outside PR agency, leading proposal process, leading award submissions, participating in interview coaching, coordinating project photography, maintaining firm website, and assisting with tradeshow events.

My first job after college and what I learned from it:

My first job after graduating from college was with a California-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) managing industrial properties. I helped tenants with any of their everyday needs, helped with marketing of spaces as well as dealt with maintenance issues. One lesson I learned from this experience was the importance of finding co-workers you really enjoy working with. We all spend far too much time in our waking hours at work... you should not only enjoy the work you do, but those who surround you as well.