At 4:00 in the morning, most of us are still sound asleep. However, this longtime member of the image.works team is up and running, already reaching for her coffee. Her drive from rural Wisconsin is an hour to and from Madison every day. The strong loyalty and dedication she shows on a daily basis began during an administrative and sales internship and grew to pioneering the Marketing Project Coordinator (MPC) position that she now heads. From college intern to full-time department manager, Kerri Gille celebrates nine years with image.works this month. When she’s not here juggling her wide range of responsibilities, you can find Kerri playing volleyball, planting flowers, knitting, baking and spending quality time with her husband and 9-month-old.
Describe what you do on a day-to-day basis.
On a typical day, I come into the office at 6:30 and run my SmartTrack programs. From there, I go on to review presorts, process lists and send postage invoices. I converse with clients regarding their mailing lists and other information they inquire about regarding projects or lists. Sending timelines and checking in on projects is another important part of my job that keeps projects running on time for different promotions. I also manage the Marketing Project Coordinators. They make that aspect of my job easy as they are so knowledgeable and experienced at what they do.
In addition to my MPC work, I also handle the job of Human Resources. I onboard and offboard employees and keep track of paid time off. Contributions to employees’ 401(k) accounts pass through me as well. I also recently took on payroll duties. To end my day, I review approved projects and sent out invoicing. I stay busy at image.works, but it makes every day a little different and exciting!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is hearing about successful promotions from clients or compliments about our image.works team. My coworkers here are so talented, and it never gets old seeing the things they accomplish. I enjoy the challenges that also come along with my job. I like the diversity my job offers daily and how each area of work presents different trials and rewards.
How has image.works helped you grow?
image.works has taught me so much over the nine years I have worked here. I started as an intern, stuffing marketing materials in folders. I have worked in many areas at image.works, from stuffing, to administrative help, to sales, to where I am now in the MPC role. Each position has taught me new skills and aspects about image.works I wouldn’t otherwise have learned. I am grateful that Mark, the president, gave me the opportunity to become an MPC when the position was created six years ago. I enjoy taking on new roles here and finding new strengths in my professional career!
What is your favorite place to travel to in Wisconsin?
Apostle Islands. My husband and I went camping up on Madeline Island. It was so beautiful!
Do you have any weird or irrational fears?
I have a phobia of collarbones. My friend broke hers when we were in middle school; since then, I don’t like when people touch my collarbones, and I can’t watch other people touch theirs.
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
I wish I could speak another language. My sister is a sign language interpreter, and it is so cool to watch her. I think learning another language would be so rewarding. I am working on finding the time to add that in my schedule.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
While I am a sucker for a relaxing, warm, beachy scene, the best place I have traveled to is Germany. There was so much to see and do! It was really neat to see the different lifestyle and landscape over there. I also enjoyed trying new foods, exploring new places and learning about the history. The old-world houses and culture over there were so amazing. I am itching to explore more of Europe eventually.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life?
I was born with an arteriovenous malformation. I have been trying different treatments since I was 16. Two years ago, I had it embolized and lost some of my vision. That has been difficult to get used to, but some days I notice it more than others. I have run into people a couple of times at work, but the human body is pretty amazing at compensating for our weaknesses!
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