What was the first job you ever had? What is the best and/or worst advice you’ve ever received? Best: You can do anything you put your mind to. - My Mom Worst: You need to go work somewhere else. - Person shall remain anonymous What is your most memorable failure and what did you learn from it? My most memorable failure was when I failed to listen to my gut instinct. I was in a situation where I had worked really hard on something and when asked to share it with someone that I had known for a long time, whom I had a working relationship with and respected very much, my gut instinct was no. That’s your work. Don’t just give it away. But I was trying to build trust and had no reason to believe that it wasn’t an honorable request. And unfortunately, that person took my work and turned it into something for themselves, and I never heard anything else about it until after the fact. I was devastated. By far, the hardest lesson I’ve had to learn in my career… and in life. I trusted this person and never saw it coming. And while I may have forgiven this person, because frankly life is too short to hold onto grudges, I will never forget. Be patient and it’s okay to say no from time to time. What’s your favorite quote? No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up! - Regina Brett What is something most people don’t know about you? That I have some long hidden musical talent, I’ve never had a broken bone and I love to dance! What do you like to do on your time off? Shopping and brunching with my girls is my ideal time off scenario. I also love sitting on my front porch watching my boys play. Anything that allows me to relax my mind and soak in the beauty of life. Corny, but true. I think they call it stopping to smell the roses. What’s the story behind the most interesting thing in your office or on your desk? their clients and media partners. This is probably just standard business practice to some and nothing of note to others, but to me, it’s special. When I was a little girl, at my granddaddy’s house, he had these shelves of chachkies and on one of those shelves sat a black coffee mug that I was always drawn to. It had AM71 on it (or something to that effect). I never knew what that meant and I never asked him. After he passed away I definitely wanted that mug and my mom and aunt happily gave it to me. Fast forward to my sales rep years and handling one of the Ackerman clients and receiving a mug from them at Christmastime and my jaw dropping on the floor. It was the same vintage style as my granddaddy’s and everything finally clicked. You see my granddaddy owned an Otasco store in my hometown and I’m guessing that Otasco was once a client of Ackerman McQueen’s… probably in 1971. I now have the vintage one, a recent one that I keep at home, and another one that sits on my desk. What’s your office style? A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Lots of magazines and newspapers, photos of my kids, husband and my sweet nephew Jake, puzzles for any kids that come by, a couch from the 70s that used to be in the waiting area, a Christmas tree behind my door, some awards, and really just years and years of accumulating stuff. It actually a hot mess with very little style to it. I would feel bad about it but I think that’s pretty much the norm in this building. Every year, Ackerman McQueen advertising agency sends out a specially designed coffee mug at Christmastime to NormanBusinessJournal.com | Quarter 2 // 2019 37 First job was babysitting of course. But my first paycheck job was lifeguarding. I lifeguarded at the community pool in Wewoka, my college pool at NEO, and the community rec centers in Boulder when I attended CU for a year. After nearly drowning trying to pass a lifeguard swim test in that altitude, that was pretty much the end of my lifeguarding career. What career advice would you give your younger self?