Meet Updater: Amanda Fischer, Senior Marketing Manager
As employee number 17, Updater’s Senior Marketing Manager, Amanda Fischer, knows exactly what it means to work hard and get stuff done. Amanda is dedicated to helping Updater reinvent an entire industry and, in doing so, has had a huge impact on the company. Her bubbly personality shines throughout our office, and we’re happy to share some of it with you here, today!
Do you have a moving horror story?
But of course! I was moving from Hoboken, NJ, just across the river to lower Manhattan. When I arrived at my new building for move-in, I learned I had to park my rental truck on the West Side Highway in order to access the freight elevator. The building staff oh-so-graciously gave me a small traffic cone to alert oncoming traffic that we were, in fact, stopped. Also, because we were (illegally) parked on the highway, someone had to stay with the truck to make sure we didn't get towed (or smashed into). Luckily for me, my boyfriend was there to take care of the heavy lifting, and moving, and, well, everything, while I lounged in the truck. So, actually, it wasn't too much of a nightmare... for me!
What's your best piece of moving advice?
If you can, hire a moving company. It's so worth it. But, be sure to do your research and carefully vet the company before making a decision. The least expensive option is definitely not always the best option.
What's the largest item you've ever had to carry on the subway?
A giant, stained glass window I got from a Law and Order set sale.
How many times have you moved?
What's your favorite thing about working at Updater?
Number one is definitely the people. We work hard, we play hard, and we genuinely care about and enjoy spending time with one another. Support is something you will never lack at Updater. Number two is the work. We're reinventing an entire industry and coming up with innovative solutions to real-world problems that affect millions of people and have never been tackled before. It's incredibly rewarding.
How did you come to work at Updater?
My teammate, Jenna, brought me here. I was actually Jenna's intern ages ago working in sports marketing when I was in college. We became fast friends and have spent the better part of a decade working together in one way or another. When Jenna joined Updater, she told me she was going to hire me as soon as she could begin building out a marketing team. She kept her promise, and I couldn't be happier!
What's the best part about working on a small team?
Everything you do matters. Being a part of a small team makes your work extremely impactful, and I love seeing how my work affects the company and our various stakeholders in many different ways.
What motivates you to come to work every day?
Let's put it this way – I've never woken up and not wanted to come to work at Updater.
It's the zombie apocalypse. Where do you hide?
West Virginia! It's remote, bountiful, beautiful, and where I'm from.
What's your favorite quote?
"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." It's a bit corny, but I believe resilience and success go hand-in-hand. I've worked incredibly hard in my life to get where I am, so I believe in it wholeheartedly.
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What is it?
Pizza. I'm always in the mood for pizza.
If you could travel to work every day on a vehicle without wheels (think: hovercraft, broom), what would you choose?
Teleportation is my dream. It might not be a "vehicle," but it doesn't require wheels.
What's your favorite fast food restaurant?
What's your favorite Saturday Night Live skit?
Is it possible to choose just one? Celebrity Jeopardy, or really, anything with Darrell Hammond (especially as Bill Clinton).
Where did you grow up?
West Virginia (almost heaven!) in a small town called Bridgeport.
What are two personal tidbits about you?
My first name is Christine. And so is my mom's... and my grandma's… I'm actually the ninth Christine (in a row!) in my family. And, I was the Homecoming Queen of my high school.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?