Michelle is like a Swiss Army knife. She pretty much does everything from fixing printers to creating vacation packages all while handling whatever ideas that Ryan throws at us. It’s pretty fun watching her do her thang in the office. Our Swiss Army knife sat down with me to chat about work, Savannah, and Russell Brand.
K: What do you do?
M: I’m the Co-Director of Operations and Ryan’s assistant, so I help with vacation packages, chargebacks, customer requests and any other kind of special projects Ryan may have.
K: How long have you been working at Reserve123?
M: I’ve been working here since May of 2004 so a little over seven years. I started as a Reservations Agent, then Assistant Reservations Manager, then Reservations Manager, then Marketing Manager and Assistant to the President and CEO, and then we joined Marketing and Advertising Departments which is now the Operations Department. I’ve been here forever and do a little bit of everything!
K: What is your favorite part about your job?
M: The fact that it changes everyday. I’ll be working on vacation packages one day, then I’ll do reviews all day one day, and then the next day I’ll be helping Allison do a special project. I never really know what to expect when I get here.
K: Any news going on with you? Any buns in the oven? Craving pickles and ice cream?
M: Hahaha what are you talking about? Haha I actually put it up on Facebook and made it Facebook official that I am pregnant. Got to see a nice strong heartbeat and saw a spinal cord. I was happy and good, so I made an announcement. =)
M: Thank you! I’m due around March 5th!
K: You don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl?
M: Not yet. I’m waiting for a 3D ultrasound to see the baby’s sex.
K: Do you have a preference of boy or girl.
M: I want one of each. Prefer a boy first, but I’ll be happy either way. =)
K: Have you been having any weird food urges?
M: Honestly, I’ve been craving fruit. I want fruit, and I want it all the time! It’s fruits and veggies that’s been standing out. It’s that and salty snacks! It hits me in the evenings; sometimes all I want is popcorn.
K:What’s your favorite city in which to have fun and relax?
M: Nashville for fun. Last time we were there, we got to stand on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Allison got to fist bump Darius Rucker. I got to say hi to Charles from Lady Antebellum. He is GORGEOUS. We were literally standing on the stage, behind the performers, as they were performing.
For relaxing, I’d have to say Savannah. We really like to go to Tybee Island and lay out on the beach, but Savannah is also fun. You can do so much in Savannah.
K: I’m so happy that you love Savannah.
M: Oh I LOVE Savannah. When we started working with the hotels in Savannah, I was like, “Oh, you want me to come down to Savannah? OK, Sure!”
K: If you could have a live concert in the office, who would play, and where would it be held?
M: Hmm. I would have to say Reba because one of my best friends, Cherie Oakley, wrote a #1 hit for her – “Turn on the Radio”. Cherie was on NBC’s The Voice. I would say Reba in the hopes that Cherie would come with her, and they’d sing it together or something. And where? I’d have to say the Reservations Department because that is probably the biggest area.
K: What is your favorite travel song?
M: Right now, if I were to plug in my iPod, it would be a playlist of songs from Glee. I absolutely love that show. But if I had to pick a non-Glee song, I’d have to pick Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”. I don’t know why, but I love that friggin song.
K: If you can pick the perfect vacation for Nikita, where would she go and what tours would you choose for her.
M: I know Nikita likes New York. She was actually up in New York for six weeks this summer for a photography internship. I would have to put her own a Hop On, Hop Off because who doesn’t get on a double decker tour in New York? There’s some photography tours, definitely the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. And maybe a Broadway show or two, she may dig that. I know she loves museums.
K: Ok, last but not least — word association. You know how to play. So.. travel
K: Michael B.
M: Alacatraz. He does Alcatraz Tickets! He’s our special products guy. =)
M: Fun….hahaha and crazy!
K: Katy Perry… I swear I wrote that before the interview!
M: HonestIy, I automatically think about Russell Brand and the fact that he’s a diva. Makes me wonder who in the marriage is the diva. I feel it would be him.
K: He’s weird. I don’t think he’s attractive at all. I like his accent but that’s about it.
M: Yeah, it’s close your eyes and listen to him speak…
Unfortunately, you missed out on about 15 minutes of talk about Glee, Walking Dead, and Cherie Oakley and about 20 minutes of giggling. I couldn’t fit everything on here, but just know that Michelle is a television nerd who can also double as an office Swiss Army knife. =)