As a part of our on-going Employee Spotlight series, we are recognizing the company value for August, Do Difficult Things. This value isn’t just about doing something challenging, but having the dedication to see projects all the way through. It’s about clearing the hurdles most people would shy away from — thus putting one more barrier between us and the competition.
These nominations are very competitive because so many people across our organization embody the Zerocater values in everything they do. This month the Company Value Award goes to Andy Lavelle.
Name: Andy Lavelle
Hometown: Kankakee, IL
Job Title: Marketing Associate
What that means that I do every day: On a day-to-day basis, I’m responsible for all things digital marketing related. I have my hand in tools like Google AdWords, Bing/Yahoo AdCenter, retargeting platforms like AdRoll, and automated marketing like Marketo. I’m often inside Google Analytics pulling stats, looking for traffic, conversion trends, and learning more about SEO. I also help in other areas like content creation, social, and overall marketing strategy.
Favorite food: Pizza. I could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chicago Style, New York Style, Thin Crust, whatever!
Favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned. #DonDraper
My favorite thing about lunch: Well, here at Zerocater we get free catered lunches. I truly enjoy collaborating over food. Our team mixes up chatting personally and professionally, and I really do feel more efficient than if we were going out to lunch daily, or brown bagging it.
Favorite restaurant: 6 Degrees in Bucktown, Chicago: Ever heard of a ‘Horseshoe Sandwich’? Texas Toast, 2 meats, rarebit cheese and topped with fries.
My most memorable dining experience of all time is: See above, after spending all day moving in hot weather, it was dinnertime. My girlfriend (now my wife!) walked me into a dimly lit, crammed, pretentious, overpriced, eclectic restaurant with communal seating. We quickly left there and walked into 6 Degrees and I had the best sandwich of my life.
Why I love Zerocater: As somewhat of a picky eater, Zerocater has really broadened my horizons when it comes to food! I love that Zerocater backs up their belief that food brings people together. I get a chance to try the best of Chicago’s food every single day in the office and love feeling like I’m contributing to building something big. While it’s a bit of a foreign concept now, I believe in five years that feeding employees as a perk will take over the city of Chicago.