Marissa Pixley - Director of Brand Marketing
What were you doing before you joined Mark’s team?
Before joining Mark’s team, I was a poor, exhausted student finishing up my Master’s at RIT. I was just wrapping up my thesis when Mark called me in for an interview. The timing could not have been more perfect. I had been out of classes for a couple months and was ready for a “grown up job,” as my mom calls it. I joined the team, part-time, as the Social Media Coordinator until this past January, when I officially became a full-time employee! I am now the Director of Brand Marketing.
What exactly does a Director of Brand Marketing for the Mark Siwiec Team do?
Essentially, I’m in charge of the team’s marketing materials. This includes all of Mark’s social media accounts, our website, listing presentation booklets, and even our blogs. I have always had a passion for writing and for new media – hence the Master’s degree in Communication & Media Technologies – so this job is honestly a dream…
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would probably start out with a walk with my adorable Husky/Lab/Rottweiler, Mella, and my boyfriend, Trevor, followed by some serious binge watching snuggled up on the couch. Honestly, any day that I can spend with friends, family, and my dog, especially outdoors, is a perfect day in my book. If snacks and margaritas are included, then we’re really talking...
Who has inspired you most in life?
My parents, for sure. They are the most selfless people that I know and would do anything for my brother and I. Both have been active volunteers for Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading for umpteen years. Whenever they have a free second, they're always traveling or doing something fun. They are a constant reminder to me that when you work hard, you should never forget to reward yourself.
How do you spend your Sundays?
As any good Italian will tell you, Sundays are meant for sauce and family. Most of my Sunday afternoons are spent at my grandma and grandpa’s house, both of whom emigrated here from Italy as children. Every Sunday, all of my aunts and cousins gather around the kitchen table for lunch, talking (loudly and all at once) for hours. In fact, we’re usually there so late that by the time we come up for air, my grandma has already made mozzarella sandwiches for an early dinner – which just so happens to be my favorite!