August 9, 2017

Team Member Spotlight: Amber Windell, Director of Marketing

This month, Amber is celebrating her four-year anniversary as a member of team Blackstone! She has held many different positions over the last four years but her current gig is serving as the leader and backbone of our marketing department. She is partly responsible for the way Blackstone has catapulted into the industry — so we thought we’d get to know her a little better!

Tell us how you first got involved in with marketing? 
Once I realized that I did NOT want to be an elementary teacher I was really lost on what I wanted to do. I was definitely an early adopter of all social media platforms and got in trouble in high school for changing the IP addresses on the library computers so I could log in to MySpace. I also got early acceptance to college & immediately used my college email address to create a Facebook account while I was still in high school. Obviously, I had an interest in social media so that coupled with binge watching Mad Men that summer led to my decision to switch my major to advertising.

I was introduced to Blackstone Media through an old employee, Biggs Tabler. He invited me to Taylor’s lunch & learn and I attended a few of them and pretty much harassed Taylor for an internship from November 2012 – March 2013. It wasn’t until I was interviewed on Blackstone’s podcast at the Louie Awards, and said I was looking for an internship because Taylor wouldn’t let me intern, that I actually landed one. I was the very first Blackstone intern and I’ve been here ever since!

What would you tell your intern self at Blackstone?
I would tell myself that all the hard work is worth it. As an intern, I did a lot of work that I didn’t necessarily enjoy, but it broadened my skillset and made me a more well-rounded employee. I also did a few things during my internship that pushed me out of my comfort zone that was worth it. For example, at the end my internship I pitched Taylor a 27 slide presentation on why he should hire me, it worked but I was REALLY nervous.

What book did you read last?
Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston. I LOVE Jane Austen novels and Aston wrote a lot of adaptations and sequels of Jane Austen novels.

Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
I would rather be a tiny elephant. A giant hamster sounds terrifying, but a tiny elephant sounds adorable.

What does true leadership mean to you?
To me, leadership means making sure the people on my team have everything they need to succeed, grow and improve their skillset. If I’m not doing everything I can to build my team up then I’m not being a good leader.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Robot housekeepers for sure. It would make life with 2 boys under 10 MUCH easier. 

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?
https://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/blog/ is my favorite blog.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
You don’t want to be an elementary teacher…do not waste 2 years of college (and student loans) pursuing that. Also, Tripp pants do not look good on you and all that black eyeliner makes you look like a raccoon.