Affectionately known as “Presi-dimps” to our team, Rebecca Brady, President/COO of Blackstone Media, has kept us on our toes from day one. With a stellar business sense, rivaled only by her sick rhymes and love of 80’s music, Rebecca is Blackstone’s biggest advocate both in-house and on the road—living, breathing, and building the company since 2014.
Tell us how you first got involved in with business?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. My path has definitely not been a direct one, so I’ll make it as concise as it can be. A summer stint at the Grand Canyon made me fall in love with geography and science, so as I was near graduation, I got a job with a startup making maps. The entrepreneurial culture and business approach was a natural fit for me – even more than making maps.
So, I decided on a whim to get my MBA from UL’s Entrepreneurship Program and started working with a number of different types of small, fast growth companies. I learned as much as I could — project management, contract negotiation, sales, customer service, marketing, finance, etc. — in every company or position I was in. The pace, agility, creativity, and opportunity has always kept me energized and challenged!
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Blackstone, whose job would you want?
I would switch with the designers. I LOVE to create and wish I had honed my artistry skills before I lost most of them. I love the challenge and the craft of design. Its one of the hardest jobs IMO and we have some of the best in the business.
Any favorite line from a movie?
Kinda cliche, but so relevant — “I want me a baby, Hi.”
Holly Hunter made it very clear in Raising Arizona that she was ready for a baby — whatever it took. I recall feeling the same as we awaited our adoption process and the arrival of Theodore. Man, am I glad that’s over!
What three traits define you?
Dimples – ever since I was a little girl, people have commented on my dimples and smile. Dimples can be endearing to others and give the perception of sweet. Though I am not sweet, I’ve leveraged my charming smile to get my way a time or 2.
Drive – I’ve been independent since I was 17 when I decided to move out immediately after high school. By sheer determination and ambition, I’ve made sure I reach for the stars and push myself to experience new, bigger, and more things in life.
Development – of others. Yeah, you don’t want me coding anything… I love developing and mentoring others. I get great energy from getting to know what others aspire for themselves and being a part of helping them achieve. Wind beneath your wings a little bit, if anyone even remembers that song.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
With zero hesitation, a fabulous designer handbag. Or many rather! Its the one bit of luxury that works all the time!
Where is your favorite place to be?
THE BEACH. My mind is constantly churning and the ocean is the only thing that washes it away and reminds me that the world and all that’s in it is a much larger place.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Hawaii. It was gorgeous, lush, natural, tropical, colorful, beautiful, rich… and more. There’s so much beauty packed into such a small area, with non-stop opportunities for outdoor adventure. My hair and skin never felt so healthy!
Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Robot housekeeper for sure. I’d want a real Jetson style Rosie. I’d love having someone keep up with our dirty dog, our crazy boy, our new house, and all the other stuff that would make life easier on a hard-working mama!
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would be a National Geographic photographer or a famous rapper. Very different I know, but equally entertaining! To travel and capture so many of the world’s surprises, features, and people would never grow old. But neither would coming up with powerful lyrics that connect, motivate and inspire others. How amazing it would be to have a brain that can index and produce words in a quick, spirited format and moves people to dance, relate and/or take action!
Don’t know what my stage name would be though…