Dream Job: Erin Willner, Account Supervisor

Meet Erin

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Account Supervisor

Are you someone who is led to take charge, understands that confrontation is the first step to resolution, and demands clarity in challenges you face? Once a goal is set, you may feel restless until you’ve aligned others with you. You understand the facts and are able to push people to take risks. You can take a stance and move forward in that direction which draws people toward you. You have a presence. You may be someone with the strength of Command.

Erin is quick witted. She will listen intently to a conversation and deliver a line with precision and punch that it might knock you back with hilarity and truth. She is thoughtful, stylish, and warm to welcome new faces around her. It feels easy and comfortable looking to Erin’s point of view when a questionable topic is under discussion. She is oozing with presence and command, and is  fun person to be around.

Take a look into the life of an Account Supervisor through Erin’s eyes. Scroll to the last question to get insight into Erin’s humor.

What’s your title? What do you do? How long have you done this?

I’m an Account Supervisor at New Honor Society. The business-world-appropriate description of an Account Supervisor is the liaison between the client and the internal team. The Mad Men reference that resonates best is Pete Campbell. Neither of these are entirely accurate, but it’s easier than articulating what I actually do. Simply put: I figure out what the clients need, determine if what they think they need is what they really need, and then I get it done.

I’ve been in advertising since graduating college, so about eight years. More than six of those years have been with New Honor Society.

What jobs or past experiences have led you to the current thing that pays you money (your job)?

I was a Marketing and International Business major in college but realized after week one of my very first internship that I didn’t want to work in a corporate environment. So, I started interning at a small agency and loved it.

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What occupation did you imagine having when you were 5? What about at 25?

I honestly don’t remember thinking about work when I was five, which is strange since I’ve always been, as my mother puts it, an “old soul.” Meaning, as a child I preferred to read a book or watch The Lawrence Welk Show with my grandma to hanging out with friends. In retrospect, I’m now realizing my parents likely confused my being an introvert with being “old at heart.” I was already at New Honor Society at age 25 with no plans of changing careers.

The Best: Tell us, what’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is the people. We’re a small enough agency that we don’t need hundreds of bodies to fill hundreds of positions; we get to be selective. Talent is obviously mandatory, but you have to be a good cultural fit as well. When everyone gets along and respects one another, coming to the office every day is fun and thoughtful work is produced. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I don’t know how else to explain it.

I also get to travel a lot for work, which can be exhausting but is always interesting. Experiencing new cities that I would never think to visit on my own – Singapore, Dubai, Budapest, etc. – is a constant learning experience, both professionally and culturally.

Oh, and I get to bring my dog (read: baby), Henry, to work every day. He naps on a little couch in my office and plays with his dog coworkers throughout the day. So, that’s a huge perk.

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The Stink: Tell us, what’s part of the job that you really wish were different.

I can’t think of anything. Maybe a broader selection of cream cheese for the morning bagels?

Outside of your job, how do you spend your time?  

I really enjoy hanging out at home with my fiancé, Kevin, and Henry. I guess that goes back to the fact that I’m an introvert in a career that requires me to be extroverted most of the day. I also love spending time with my family. I’m lucky in that three of my four immediate family members live in St. Louis, allowing me to freeload dinners and catch up on a weekly basis. Other than that, sand volleyball and patio drinking in the summer.

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Who is someone you look up to for career inspiration?

I’ve been lucky enough to have the same three bosses for the past six plus years. Each bringing his or her own unique work style and point of view to the table, I’m constantly learning something new.

What is your advice to people who are interested in a similar career?

Give a shit. I would imagine that applies to most career paths, but in this industry you have to be passionate. It’s not a clock-in and clock-out type of job. If you’re just checking deliverables off a list, it shows in the work. And if it shows in the work, clients notice; then they fire you. You have to care, you have to have a critical thinker’s mindset, and you have to creatively problem-solve all day, every day.

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If you could read these questions about someone else, who would you want to see answer them? (can give a job title or name a specific person).

Someone in animal rescue. I realize it has nothing to do with my own career, but you can probably gauge my love for dogs by the fact that I’ve mentioned Henry twice (now three times) in an interview that has nothing to do with pets.

Any other passing words of advice or anything neat you have going on that you would like to share with us?

I dressed up as my dog for Halloween.

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Thank you Erin for spending your time with us! Well wishes and safe travels on your trip!

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