Earlier this spring, we promoted seven individuals, and have been getting to know more about them through our ‘Meet the Staff’ series. This week, we interviewed Marketing Manager and new Associate Erin Hatch. Learn more about her in this Q & A.
Erin Hatch, Marketing Manager, Associate
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?
I’ve worked at Weber Thompson just over three years. My favorite thing about WT is working with approachable, smart, creative people who are passionate about solving problems through good design. This industry can be cutthroat and judgmental, but this firm doesn’t tolerate that attitude. It’s an extremely supportive environment.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
I work on a wide variety of projects. Every day is different, and I always have to expect the unexpected. From keeping our website and blog updated to working with our leadership team on big picture strategy, I get to have my fingers in many different pies. (And I love pie, so it works out well!)
You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
I love working for a company that truly values my opinions, listens to employees at all levels, and has provided me with support and professional development opportunities to grow in my career. When I came to Weber Thompson a little over three years ago, my role was production design. I had a little marketing experience and loads of optimism and enthusiasm, and my manager recognized that I could contribute more to the team. I never imagined I’d receive as much support and recognition as I have. It’s been amazing.
We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning?
I love to sleep in. So my ideal Saturday involves sleeping in until 10 or so, making espresso and some yummy breakfast with my hubby, reading magazines or a good book, and eventually doing chores or getting out and about.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration all around me. I’m inspired by great books, lectures like those given at Creative Mornings (or TED talks), podcasts like ‘Stuff You Should Know’ and all the creative, smart people who I’m lucky to call my friends and family. I also love the physical beauty of Seattle. The city itself, and the surrounding water, mountains and sky can be breathtaking.
Share a little about your background. What brought you to where you are today?
When I was growing up, my parents were hugely influential. My dad was (and still is) a finish carpenter/custom cabinet maker. During the summer I’d work for him sanding and routing cabinet doors. My mom was a residential appraiser, and used to take me with her to measure people’s homes, sketch floor plans and take photos of comparable properties. On top of that, my mom was always supplying me with creative outlets. We’d tie-dye, paint and fire ceramics in our kiln, make jewelry, weave, or scrapbook. I loved it all.
I knew for sure I wanted to do something creative, and architecture seemed like a well-respected creative profession. So I attended the University of Oregon and received a degree in Interior Architecture. I was one of those lucky people to graduate with a ‘supposedly useful’ degree in 2008. So I joined Americorps and worked at The Center for Wooden Boats in marketing and graphic design for four years. When the opportunity at Weber Thompson came along I was thrilled to jump back into the world of architecture. It’s the perfect combination of my passion for design, collaboration and communication.
What is one of your current obsessions?
I’ve been very focused on finding the balance between work, life, and learning. My job can bounce me from one project to the next very quickly, so I’ve been working on ways to increase productivity and minimize distractions. I’m also engaged in Toastmasters and have been improving my communication skills. Outside of work, I’ve been taking more time for myself to do things like yoga and reading, and spending time with family.
What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
I love to cruise around to estate sales or thrift shops to look for vintage clothes and furniture. It’s one of the few reasons I’ll get up early on a Saturday morning.
What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
I’m looking forward to taking lots of weekend trips. My husband and I recently purchased a car (we lived in Seattle without one for six years) so we plan to do lots of camping, hiking and exploring this summer. Professionally I hope to continue learning, growing, and getting better at my job. I’m also planning to study for my LEED and CPSM (Certified Professional Services Marketer) certifications – but studying seems like a great thing to do when the weather gets crummy again next fall.