Raven hires three more Ones

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Raven hires three more Ones

The One Who Is What She Is

Megan Morris has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as a user support specialist. Megan has more than seven years of writing/editing experience and more than five years of digital media/Internet marketing experience. She previously worked as the Digital Media Manager at Hammock Inc.

Megan Morris
Megan Morris

“She’s an absolute perfect fit for our island of misfit boys,” says Alison Groves, Raven’s user experience manager.

Just like the last time Raven hired people, I asked Megan to pick out 10 questions to answer from the famous Vanity Fair Proust questionnaire:

  1. What is your greatest fear? Ceasing to exist. (Not the actual act of dying, but what comes after. The Nothing.)
  2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I can’t stop biting my nails.
  3. What is it that you most dislike? When people display a sense of entitlement.
  4. What do you most value in your friends? Their kindness.
  5. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Writing. It keeps me sane and helps quell my tendency to worry. (Also my husband, who has the same effect on me.)
  6. When and where were you happiest? The summer of 2003, when I was studying in Spain to complete my Spanish degree. I spoke next to no English the entire time, and I saw each day with fresh eyes. It was a time of healing and renewal for me and I keep it close to my heart.
  7. Where would you like to live? In a treehouse.
  8. What is your favorite occupation? Director of Fruit RollUp Acquisition and Consumption. I possess all of the qualifications for the job.
  9. What is your most marked characteristic? I was once told that I am very WYSIWYG. I think that’s a great way to explain me in a nutshell.
  10. Who are your favorite writers? Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski and Betsy Phillips (a local writer/blogger).

Contact Megan

Twitter: @RavenMegan
LinkedIn: Megan Morris
E-mail: megan@raventools.com

The One Who Brings the Sunshine

Courtney Seiter has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as community manager. Courtney has more than 10 years of communications and social media experience. She previously worked as an editor at Journal Communications.

Courtney Seiter
Courtney Seiter

I asked Jon Henshaw, Raven’s director of product innovation, why he hired her.

“I don’t know right now,” he said.

Moving right along, here’s more to know about Courtney:

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? In bed with a glass of bourbon, my pit bull, and something engrossing to read
  2. What is your most marked characteristic? Nearly unfailing cheerfulness.
  3. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting over my fear of what others think of me.
  4. What is your greatest extravagance? Music.
  5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Yay,” “meta,” various permutations of smiley face emoticons. (Can you tell I used to be a cheerleader?)
  6. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Make them 50% quieter (but no less entertaining).
  7. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Not listening.
  8. What is it that you most dislike? Unnecessary quotation marks, businesses that spell things with a K instead of a C to be klever.
  9. What do you most value in your friends? Wit.
  10. What is your motto? Only boring people get bored. Oh, and also: Always have champagne in your refrigerator. Those might be related.

Contact Courtney

Twitter: @RavenCourts
LinkedIn: Courtney Seiter
E-mail: courtney@raventools.com

The One Who Jokes Better Than He Counts

Stephen Yeargin has joined Raven Internet Marketing Tools as a developer. Stephen has more than 10 years of web development and marketing strategy experience. He previously worked as manager of strategy at Centresource Interactive Agency.

Stephen Yeargin
Stephen Yeargin

“His code is really pretty, and that will make Raven really pretty,” said Scott Holdren, Raven’s director of technology. Just kidding. Scott didn’t say that out loud; I can read minds.

Stephen answered 16 questions from the Proust questionnaire, not 10, but I’m giving him a pass because, well, you’ll see…

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being at a Stanley Cup award ceremony for the Nashville Predators.
  2. What is your greatest fear? Forgetting to wear pants.
  3. What is it that you most dislike? I get frustrated by clutter. Oddly enough, this is not the same thing as “clean.” I could live with dishes in the sink or paper everywhere if they were stacked neatly and organized.
  4. What is your greatest extravagance? I have a bathroom scale that connects wireless to the Internet so that I can monitor my health on my iPhone. Completely unnecessary, but really cool.
  5. What is your favorite journey? It’s a tie between “Don’t Stop Believing” and … wait, what was the question?
  6. What is your most treasured possession? Data. Just about everything else can be replaced, but there’s old digital photos, songs and other things that I would really miss.
  7. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? “Majesty”—because I had to look up a list of all the virtues, and I was confused by why it was on there in the first place.
  8. What do you dislike most about your appearance? I have bad hair, lousy skin and more than likely to be in jeans and a T-shirt than anything else. Scratch that, there is nothing I don’t like about my appearance.
  9. Which living person do you most despise? If John Rich’s ugly house were to inadvertently roll down off of Love Circle, I can’t say that I would be too terribly sympathetic towards his plight.
  10. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My wife. She would argue that she somehow loses out to sports.
  11. What is your current state of mind? New York (cue piano solo).
  12. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I survived three years as executive editor of a college newspaper and three summers as a camp counselor.
  13. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Sitting on the floor, eating a bucket of cheesecake filling. Whatever happened to lead me to that place was either really awesome, or really bad.
  14. Where would you like to live? I’m really fond of Nashville, but there is a part of me that would love to spend some time overseas in one of the European capitols—London, Berlin, etc.
  15. What is your most marked characteristic? Tall-ish.
  16. What is your motto? Never trust anyone with a personal motto.

Contact Stephen

Twitter: @RavenYeargin
LinkedIn: Stephen Yeargin
E-mail: stephen@raventools.com

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Arienne Holland is the Director of Marketing and Customer Experience at Raven. She divides her time between outreach, writing, teaching and understanding developers. Before Raven, Arienne spent more than a decade as an editor and graphic designer for Gannett. She was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for team breaking news journalism. She likes bread, books and bourbon.

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