PMG Employee Spotlight with Emily B.
Emily has a B.A. in Operations & Supply Chain Management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s been with PMG for almost 4 years as an Operations Analyst with our ReTool Team.
I grew up in Minnesota and I’ve lived here my whole life. I currently live in Minneapolis with my two cats. No, I’m not a crazy cat lady – yet. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2019 so I’m a pretty recent grad.
What do you like most about working for PMG?
What I like most about PMG is the work environment. I’m great friends with several of my coworkers, which is rare at some workplaces. Another part I like about the environment is everyone is very driven! We celebrate the victories and work hard to achieve them.
What are your main responsibilities as a ReTool Operations Analyst?
I help with research to grow the business by collecting data and analyzing it to determine what is worthwhile, or not, for PMG to pursue. From working with different technical schools around the country to researching new avenues for PMG to explore, it’s all over the place.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that it’s different each day and it’s very challenging. It requires me to think critically and outside of the box.
What did you do prior to working at PMG?
I mainly worked in the restaurant industry serving and selling pull tabs! I started at PMG when I was still in school as a Market Insights intern in 2017. Since then, I’ve helped out in other areas such as recruiting and lead generation before moving into my current position full-time after graduation.
What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
One career lesson I’ve learned is to not be afraid to ask questions! Even if you think it’s a dumb question, it’s better to know what you’re doing versus guessing. You can learn a ton from simply asking questions.
What advice would you give to a recent new hire at PMG?
Going off the question above I would say the same. All of your coworkers have different strengths and experiences so you can learn a lot from them.
What did you want to be when growing up?
I was all over the place, but when I registered for college, I registered as a neuroscience major. After my first chemistry class, my major quickly changed to business!
What animal best describes you at work?
I would say a giraffe. When I’m able, I like to “stick my neck out” and see where I can reach out and help with other departments. We’re all one big team after all!
What are some hobbies you do in your free time?
I enjoy working out, traveling, and hitting up new restaurants. I also love attending music festivals and concerts. I recently just got back from skiing in Breckenridge!
Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?
I really liked Prague. I thought the architecture was beautiful and the food was amazing. I went in the winter when all the winter markets were open. I also went to an underground cave turned wine bar and the bar was made of out ice. Even my cup was made of ice.
What celebrity/inspirational person do you admire the most?
Robin Williams! He was a great actor and comedian who had genuinely good intentions.
What’s your favorite restaurant and your must-order there?
Hmmm, that’s a really tough one. I would have to say Mongo’s. It is a Mongolian restaurant in St. Cloud where you build your own stir fry.
You’re happiest when…
Traveling! I love Minnesota but being by the ocean, or in the mountains, is a breath of fresh air – literally.