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Spotlight On: Trish German

March 27, 2015

Name: Trish German

Title: Account Director

Joined Mediaocean: February 3, 1986

College: SUNY Albany

Tell us about your journey. Why advertising and technology? 

Let’s just say, it wasn’t a direct path!  My journey began at SUNY Albany - I was an accounting major, and then my advisor said I should really take a computer class.  I ended up liking it and graduated with a Computer Science degree.   When I left SUNY Albany, I got hired into a management training program at a financial services company where I met a woman who had worked at DDS, and she said she thought I would love this company.  That’s how I ended up here.  I started in support in print media, took a liking to it, learned about production, and went on from there to training and development, and then to account management.  I don’t know if it helped me get hired, but my technical background has served me well and helped me in understanding how we do what we do here!

What are a few of your strengths and passions? How has working at Mediaocean enabled you to flex some of these muscles?  

I’m a people person, interested in what we do here, and what we do is important for the industry.  The account role suits me well because of the client contact.  I truly believe relationships are the key to making a great experience, whether it’s selling shoes or technology.  It’s enabled me to meet many different people from different walks of life, and to travel!  I was incredibly scared to travel and fly when I started here, and it’s allowed me to finally get over my fear. 

What do you enjoy most about working at Mediaocean?  

From a work perspective, it’s carving your own path.  I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do so many different things in a day, in a career. The openness to carve your own way is really great.

Coffee or tea?  

Tea. The British way, with milk.

Give some tips for someone looking to land a job like yours.  

•    Let a smile be your umbrella.  
•    Bring snacks.  (You’re always on the go, and everyone will always want food.)
•    Always wear flats or comfortable shoes.
•    Get a computer science degree or know something about the industry.

What are your favorite websites that you can be found browsing during lunch?  

Facebook, LinkedIn, TMZ – I’m a royalist, I like to hear what Kate and Will are up to.

If you were stranded out at sea and could only have 3 things, what would they be?  

Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, cell phone + service, cheese and crackers.

If your life were made into a movie, who would play you and why?

One of two women - Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts.  Julia starred in my favorite movie- Pretty woman.  Sandra Bullock- I think she’s a little more like me- in those crazy movies, she’s doing the job right but just not serious about it, or she’s serious and they don’t take her seriously.  And she reminds me a bit of myself.