Crystal Starr - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Crystal Starr, Account Manager at The Mailworks

Meet Crystal Starr, an Account Manager who is celebrating her one year anniversary with The Mailworks today! Find out something surprising about her, her best piece of career advice, and the person who has inspired her the most.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?  

I have a black belt in Tae Kwon do.

What is your best piece of career advice?

To find a career that you love, and a company that values you.  So much time is spent at work, it is important to enjoy what you do, and where you work.  

Crystal Starr - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Bermuda, I fell in love with the pink sand beaches.

How would you describe The Mailworks culture in 3 words? 

Professional, Caring, Fun

Crystal Starr - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most?

Roman, he was a child with special needs that I used to work with during my time in college.  I may have helped him gain life skills, however he gave me so much more.  He taught me what it means to persevere, and that no matter what obstacles there maybe, they can be overcome.

Tell us about your previous professional experience.

I was a Field Outreach Manager for many years.  I had 28 staff members that were located throughout 20 different counties in NYS.  

Maigan Baer - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Maigan Baer, Production Designer at The Mailworks

Meet Maigan Baer, a Production Designer who has been with The Mailworks for nearly 3 years! Find out something surprising about her, what she does on a typical weekend, and her best piece of career advice.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?

I used to do Door to Door sales. I have an introverted personality so this generally surprises people. I was quite good at it and actually really enjoyed the challenge! 

What is your favorite thing about working at The Mailworks? 

As a production designer for The Mailworks, I have the opportunity to work directly with professionals in a variety of industries. Learning more about different industries helps me grow as a designer and better understand how to best deliver a client’s message to consumers. 

What do you do on a typical weekend?

Outside of work I spend the majority of my free time outdoors. A typical weekend for me would include a hike or walk on a nature trail, watercolor painting on the Hudson or Sacandaga Rivers, or going for a little day road trip.

Maigan Baer - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What is your best piece of career advice?

The best career advice that I could give would be to always strive to do more and be more. Complacency will deprive you of new opportunities and personal growth, so it is very important to be self-critical and aware. Questions like, “What did this situation/experience teach me?” and “What can I do to get the most of this task for my personal growth?” should be in your head daily. It’s very easy to be a hard worker but this is what will separate you.  

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself is my creative artistic ability. I am talented in many different media, not just graphic design. During my time in school I took many different types of art classes to achieve my BFA. Most of my artistic talent lies in oil painting, watercolor painting and ink illustration. 

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Tell us about your previous professional experience.

After graduating college I worked for a couple different companies before coming to The Mailworks. I started out doing door to door sales for Verizon Fios and then moved onto being a marketing assistant for a local construction business. I always knew I wanted to work in the print industry so when I saw an opening for The Mailworks’ sister company Pretty Polite, I knew it was where I wanted to be!

Joe Fitzpatrick - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Production’s Joe Fitzpatrick at The Mailworks

Meet Joe Fitzpatrick, a member of our production team who has been with The Mailworks for nearly 10 years! Find out something surprising about him, what he does on a typical weekend, and the person who has inspired him the most.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?
I’m a good cook. My favorite meal to cook is lemon shrimp risotto. My wife loves my cooking.

Joe Fitzpatrick - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What do you do on a typical weekend?
Relax and do whatever my wife wants to do. We like to go out to the lake and do some kayaking and walk on the track. 

What is your best piece of career advice?
Be on time every day.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
Ogunquit, Maine. We go there every year. We go whale watching and it’s walking distance to the beach. We love going there. 

How would you describe The Mailworks culture in 3 words?
Fun work environment

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most?
My father. Everything about him inspires me. He has always been my best friend. He is the one who got me into this business.

What accomplishment from your time at The Mailworks are you most proud of?
In the over 8 years I’ve worked here, I’ve only called in sick one time. I sprained my ankle, so I had to call in sick. I actually came in the next day and they sent me home because it was so swollen.

Joe Fitzpatrick - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Hannah Akots - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Hannah Akots, Marketing & Brand Manager at The Mailworks

Meet Hannah Akots, our Marketing & Brand Manager who’s been with The Mailworks for almost 2 years! Find out something surprising about her, her favorite thing about working at The Mailworks, and the accomplishment she’s most proud of.

What is your favorite thing about working at The Mailworks? 

The people by far. Everyday is better when you love the people you work with.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?

I’m a big Boston Bruins fan! I grew up in a family that loved/played hockey and it stuck. Some of my favorite memories are at Bruins games, I can’t wait to be able to go again.

Hannah Akots - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What is your best piece of career advice? 

Growth and comfort do not coexist -Ginni Rometty 

How would you describe The Mailworks culture in 3 words?

Fast, family + fun

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most? 

Peggy Olson from Mad Men. A secretary made copywriter turned copy chief on Madison Ave in the 60s. She’s a total bad a**! “If you don’t like what they’re saying, change the conversation”

Mad Men Peggy

What accomplishment from your time at The Mailworks are you most proud of? 

Developing our brand to better connect and serve our customers. Although we still have a ways to go, I’m proud of the progress we have made together in the last 6 months or so, and I’m excited about the plans and possibilities in months and years to come!

Hannah Akots - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Tina Palmieri - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Tina Palmieri, Production at The Mailworks

Meet Tina Palmieri, a member of our production team who has been with The Mailworks for over 20 years! Find out something surprising about her, her favorite place she’s ever traveled, and the person who has inspired her the most.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
Hawaii. I was very young when I went and I loved the scenery and beaches. It was so nice to get out of the city.

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most?
My mom. She worked, just like I do now. She has always been a really hard worker, which I really admire. She is the one who brought me into this business. 

Tina Palmieri - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

How would you describe yourself to someone who’s never met you?
Kind and very honest.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?

I always try to help people out with money, even if I don’t have it. Also, I really hate to ask for help even if I really need it.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I do mosaic drawings to create art!

Patty Vandyke - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Patty Vandyke, Accounting Associate at The Mailworks

Meet Patty Vandyke, our Accounting Associate who’s been with The Mailworks for over 4 years! Find out something surprising about her, her favorite thing about working at The Mailworks, and her best piece of career advice.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know? 

I am called GiGi by two very awesome grandkids.

Patty Vandyke - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What is your favorite thing about working at The Mailworks? 

The “family” atmosphere.  

What do you do on a typical weekend? 

Love spending time with my family.  We like to watch movies outside around the campfire, bike riding, camping in our backyard with the grandkids and just finding new adventures to explore together.

What is your best piece of career advice? 

Don’t ever let fear hold you back.

Patty Vandyke - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to? 

A family trip to the Bahamas. It was a very long time ago, but it has never been forgotten.  My dream is to one day take our grandkids there, as well.  

How would you describe The Mailworks culture in 3 words? 

Family-Oriented, Collaborative and Innovative.

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most?  

My Mom…She never gives up on anything or anyone.  She is a widow, a cancer survivor, was a single mom for several years and experienced a lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but she never never gave up.  She taught me how to constantly look to God for strength, continually push forward, always be thankful and always forgive along the way.

Patty Vandyke - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What is your favorite thing about yourself? 

Always trying to be positive, encouraging and uplifting.

The Mailworks - Tyler Suarez Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Tyler Suarez, Graphic Designer at The Mailworks

Meet Tyler Suarez, a graphic designer who joined The Mailworks team in July! Find out what he does on a typical weekend, his best piece of career advice and his favorite thing about himself.

What do you do on a typical weekend?

My typical weekend consists of hanging out with my local or online friends. From there we either go out for some drinks, have board game nights or start/continue our DND campaigns.

The Mailworks - Tyler Suarez Employee Spotlight

What is your best piece of career advice?

Always have a willingness and need to learn. Every career is consistently evolving with new practices or technology. Staying current with these changes not only keeps you prepared but an invaluable individual in your chosen career path.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ability to take criticism both professionally and personally. Professionally, when I have a design that is criticized I take it in stride and make the adjustments necessary without impacting my mental state. Personally, I was criticized in the past for my lifestyle in being more into tech and gaming things. I never let this perception ever get me down and surround myself with people who I related to.

Tell us about your previous professional experience.

When I lived in Connecticut I worked as a Graphic Designer for a beer distributor known as G&G Beverage Inc.. There I would create signs, posters, table tents, window decals, etc of various beer brands that we distributed to our customers. I made designs for a number of different beer brands such as Coors Light, Sam Adams, Guinness, Sierra Navada, the list goes on.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I have a hobby in making 3D models with various 3D modeling softwares such as Blender and Unity. I typically make characters but from time to time I either make small assets or at one time made a whole house from scratch.

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The Mailworks Employee Spotlight - Beth Roy
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Beth Roy, Vice President at The Mailworks

Meet Beth Roy, our Vice President who has been with the company for over 25 years! Find out something surprising about her, her favorite place she’s ever traveled, and the person who has inspired her the most.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know? 

That I have a twin brother and I am the youngest of 11 children.

The Mailworks Employee Spotlight - Beth Roy Family Picture

What is your favorite thing about working at The Mailworks? 

The talented people, the drive to get things done in the best way possible-the fact that we all like each other!

What do you do on a typical weekend? 

Going for walks, hanging out with the family, church on Sunday. Meeting up with friends watching old movies.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to? 

Salem, Massachusetts

The Mailworks Employee Spotlight - Beth Roy's dog

Beth’s dog, Eddie

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most? 

Cary Grant! Love Him!!!!

What accomplishment from your time at The Mailworks are you most proud of? 

That I was able to grow, change, learn and take on tasks that I never thought I could accomplish

Tell us about your previous professional experience. 

I was a bartender for years! I learned how to deal with all sorts of people.

Stacy Brewbaker - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Stacy Brewbaker, Client Advisor

Meet Stacy Brewbaker, a Client Advisor who has been working here at The Mailworks for over 5 years. Find out something surprising about her, her favorite place she’s ever traveled, and her favorite thing about herself.

What is something surprising about you that many people might not know?

I was a nationally ranked roller skater when I was younger! I learned how to walk and roller skate at the same time. 

What is your favorite thing about working at The Mailworks?

My favorite thing about working at The Mailworks is the people, hands down! We have a family-like culture. 

What do you do on a typical weekend?

On a typical weekend you would find me at any live music event! My favorite is going down to NYC/Brooklyn and listening to house music! 

Stacy Brewbaker - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

What is your best piece of career advice?

Always be willing to learn new things. Take on the tasks that will challenge you! 

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

In 2017 I traveled to Gilli Trawangan which is a small island off the coast of Lombok in South East Asia. I visited here for 5 days while I was on a 2 week backpacking adventure between Bali and Lombok. While I was there I received my PADI Scuba Diving Certification.

Stacy Brewbaker - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

How would you describe The Mailworks culture in 3 words?

Family, Progressive/Innovative, Fun

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I am always down to have a good time no matter where or what situation I am in. I am very easy going!

Do you have any hidden talents?

I was a ballperson for the City Open in Washington DC which is part of the Tennis US Open Series. I did this for over 7 years and have been on court with tennis legends like Andy Roddick, John Isner, Andy Murray, The Bryan Brothers, Lleyton Hewitt and so many more. I can catch a tennis serve at an average speed of 120mph.

Stacy Brewbaker - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Sean Brierly - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight
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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Production’s Sean Brierly

Meet Sean Brierly, a member of our production team who has been working here at The Mailworks for over five years. Find out what he does on a typical weekend, his favorite place he’s ever traveled, and his previous professional experience.

What do you do on a typical weekend?

Take it easy and relax. I like to take a little hike or go for a bike ride.

What is your best piece of career advice?

Save as much money as you can. 

Sean Brierly - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Antigua

What person, fictional or real, has inspired you the most?

Michael Jordan. He inspires me because he never gave up and always did his best. He’s a winner.

What accomplishment from your time at The Mailworks are you most proud of?

Being here for over 5 years.

Tell us about your previous professional experience.

I used to be a Little League Baseball umpire for almost 5 years. It was really fun, besides getting hit in the legs a couple times. I miss it sometimes.

Sean Brierly - The Mailworks Employee Spotlight