If you’ve called our Neenah office recently, you may have heard a new voice on the other end. That’s because we recently welcomed account coordinator, Kayla Marcoe, to our growing company. Kayla, a recent graduate of UW-Madison, has been learning the ropes of advertising firsthand by working alongside the agency’s administrative, account management, and public relations teams.
As an account coordinator, Kayla wears many hats. From day-to-day tasks like answering the phone and coordinating schedules, to media planning and organizing outreach opportunities, every day presents new challenges. Fortunately, Kayla’s skills and interests also range far and wide, which is one of the many reasons why she’s a perfect fit at Element.
We sat down with the Fond du Lac native and equine enthusiast to learn more about her love for animals, the 1920s, and what makes her jump out of her seat.
1. How long have you been riding horses?
I’ve been riding since I was five and have been competing since I got my first horse at age 11. It was at this time that I began training her and really bettering myself at the sport. It’s a constant challenge, and you can never stop learning. But, it’s rewarding when I’m able to see progress in my horse’s performance or my riding abilities.
2. Growing up, what was your dream job?
Because I have an intense love for animals (specifically dogs and ponies), I wanted to be a veterinarian. That was my plan until I visited UW-Madison for a vet school tour, which included a stop at the university’s butcher shop. Since I tend to like live animals, I should have known at this point that it wasn’t a great fit. However, as soon as I stepped in something yucky, my parents and I snuck out early and headed home. From then on, I had my eye on advertising!
3. Interesting shift in career choices … aside from butchering, what job would you be terrible at?
Anything super technical that involves computers. They are not my specialty! Kevin and Aaron can vouch for me on this one. For growing up in the age of technology, I have to admit I can be quite clueless.
4. If you could have been born in another decade, which would you choose?
My alter ego and I have different answers to this question. I would say the Victorian era, because wearing big, fancy dresses, going to balls, and being super proper is totally my thing. On the other hand, the roaring 20s would have been fun because everyone let loose, wore sparkly flapper dresses, and danced on tables until the early morning hours (at least that’s what I think happened).
Lastly, to commemorate the recent holiday of April Fool’s Day, we decided to ask Kayla:
5. What are you afraid of? (She made the mistake of giving us not one, but two answers)
Spiders and people in masks. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Barney or Michael Myers mask, I will be running the other way. And, if you decide this now gives you a way to scare the bejeebers out of me, be aware that I have been known to swing (and hit!) things as a reaction, and I can’t be held accountable for injury.
While we had trouble finding a spider wearing a mask, we were able to fool our newest critter-loathing account coordinator with a strategically placed rubber centipede near her work space. Kayla passed the ultimate test, injuring zero in the process. Congratulations and welcome aboard!
We’re always looking for talented, creative individuals to join our growing team. If your unique skills match our open positions, apply today! (Arthropod enthusiasm not required)