We asked some of our employees:

“What would surprise people about you?”

#FacesOfFMA

Jay Rivard, Account Executive, 6 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Jay Rivard, Account Executive, 6 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

"Growing up in rural Illinois, I was always fascinated by the outdoors, whether it was playing sports or studying the little creatures of nature. I was often the last to the dinner table, because I was busy decoding all the living things, and more times than not, I was high-tailing it back after the street lights came on. Nature played such an active role in my adolescence that it continued into adulthood, with backcountry snowboarding, fishing, and riding bikes in the woods. To me, an ideal vacation is a bit different than your everyday traveler. After all, my bachelor party was spent with my two closest friends floating down the Wisconsin river on a kayak and fishing for our food along the way. These adventure trips feed my soul. So much so that my wife and I recently moved to Salt Lake City. Now, I get to have mini-vacations all year with weekend adventures that take us into the mountains and woods."

Mary Blasberg, Web Design, 2 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Mary Blasberg, Web Design, 2 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

“I’m trying to write a novel. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and you 'win' by writing 50,000 words in a single month. This year, I’m a 'NaNo Rebel' - instead of writing 50,000 words, I’m going to do 50 hours of researching, outlining, and interviewing. It’s a creative non-fiction project about my husband’s grandma surviving the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, and to really give it the justice it deserves, I need to do some serious planning before I start writing. I’ve started and stopped this project a few times, but I think making it my #NaNoWriMo project will give it the momentum I’ve been missing. Hers is a story that needs to be told. They all are.”

Scott Andrzejewski a.k.a. “Scott A to Z”, Engineer, 4 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Scott Andrzejewski a.k.a. “Scott A to Z”, Engineer, 4 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

“I saved a guy from jumping off a bridge once. My friend and I were driving home and spotted a man sitting on the guard rail, and at first I thought it seemed odd, but, hey, maybe he’s just waiting for the bus. Then I realized that was kind of ridiculous on a bridge, so I turned back around to see what’s up. On the second pass, he’s still just sitting, so we flip another U-turn and decide to head home. But by the third pass, we notice his legs have moved to the other side of the railing. My instinct made me stop the truck. I run over to the guy and grab him just as he falls off the bridge. So, there we are – I’m holding him awkwardly as he dangles and trying to reassure him everything is going to be okay. It felt like 10 minutes had passed before my friend ran over to help me lift the guy back over. Later I find out the man is grateful for a second chance at life, and my friend and I receive the Good Samaritan award from the city of Milwaukee.”
Faces of FMA - Alan

Alan Evans, Production Artist, 6 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Alan Evans, Production Artist, 6 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

“My whole life, I've been a fan of pro wrestling and comic books, and it always stunned me that a wrestling comic series never existed. The two felt like a natural combination, so 10 years ago, I created my own wrestling webcominc, Rival Angels. I wrote, drew, colored, lettered, and assembled thousands of pages on my own and carried the title of '#1 Wrestling Webcomic' for a decade. (If you ever asked me what the second wrestling webcomic was, though, I'd say 'there isnt.') This endeavor has led me to being a guest at several comic shows around the country and having my books sold around the world. It's also allowed me to meet some of my very best friends. Recently, I've decided to take the year off from web publishing to focus on writing a fantasty novel, of which I hope to have a first draft finished by Fall.”
Faces of FMA - Drew

Drew Govek, Senior Project Manager, 38 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Drew Govek, Senior Project Manager, 38 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

“When I was young, I loved animals and enjoyed watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom so I thought it would be cool to be a zookeeper. Growing up in a family with seven children though my parents didn’t need a dog or cat to add to the mayhem. They did however take us for regular visits to the Milwaukee County Zoo. I had fun reading up on and memorizing many species of animal. While my career path took me in a different direction, I like to think between my 135-pound Irish Wolf Hound puppy, a Cocker Spaniel, a Beta fish, and the many associates I work with here at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., I’m still getting a small taste of the zookeeper experience.”
Faces of FMA - Chris

Chris Schilder, Accounts Payable, 15 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Chris Schilder, Accounts Payable, 15 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

“I went to school for Cosmetology. Needless to say, I’ve got a few stories from my time in the industry, but one experience still makes me laugh to this day. An 80-something-year-old woman would often float between all the students for appointments. When it was my turn, I carefully consulted with the instructor regarding the color formula and was given the go-ahead to proceed. As I started washing the color out, I noticed her hair was PINK! Panicking, I wrapped her head in a towel, hurried her to my chair, and excused myself to talk with the instructor. I explained the situation to her and, with a slight smile, she walked over to look. The instructor greeted the client, turned her toward the mirror, and removed the towel. There it was. The pinkest hair you’ve ever seen, and I braced myself for the explosion. My heart was pounding in my chest. After what felt like an eternity, the client replied with a wide smile and declared it was PERFECT! Turns out she had cataracts and couldn’t see the true color. The funniest part? When the color was actually done correctly at one point, she ended up hating it.”

Brad Ritter, Model Maker, 5 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Brad Ritter, Model Maker, 4 years with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

"Awhile back I took a sewing class. I’m big into anime and video games and wanted to be able to design my own cosplay costumes for the conventions. Not surprisingly, I was the odd man out in the class, but thanks to my 3D background, I managed to find my way around a sewing machine pretty well. Who knew my training as a model maker would come in handy for a pillowcase and zipper pouch assignment. Fast forward, and I now have a my own sewing station at home complete with dress form and Singer sewing machine."