Featured Employee – Ryan Thompson
April’s featured employee is Ryan Thompson. In his role as Creative Services Manager, he leads a team at MACC that coordinates marketing efforts, creates client communications, and manages our websites. Ryan and the rest of the Creative Services Team also provide similar services to many of MACC’s clients.
Q. When did you start at MACC?
A. January of 2006
Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. I have the opportunity to work with great people in a job where no two days are alike.
Q. Can you please tell us about your family?
A. My wife, Amanda, is a second grade teacher here in Blair. We have two daughters, Morgan (13) and Jenna (8). Our girls both love music so we spend a lot of our time running kids to lessons, dance and band practice.
Q. What do you do for fun in your free time?
A. Spending time with my kids is important as the old cliché is true. They grow up in the blink of an eye. Reading a good book when I have a few minutes to spare is something I enjoy. I also like following my favorite sports teams: the Northern Iowa Panthers for college sports and the Kansas City Royals for baseball. Whether watching my teams is fun or not often depends how the season is going. Sometimes it just involves yelling at the TV.
Q. If you could travel anywhere to spend a week on vacation, where would it be?
A. I would need to flip a coin between spending a week on a sunny Florida beach during late winter or a trip through Germany during Oktoberfest.
Q. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
A. This isn’t exactly career advice, but the last thing my dad told me when he dropped me off at college many years ago was to “find the library!” It took me a semester, but I did finally find it.
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
Q. If you could add any food to the MACC vending machines, what would it be?
A. One of those soda machines that allow you to choose from dozens of different flavors would be an outstanding addition.