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Picking Things Up and Putting Them Down: Q&A With our New Biz Dev Manager, Stephanie Danielsson

If you’ve ever read even a sentence of content published on this blog, you know that we at TQS pride ourselves on being... offbeat. This is evident in the fact that we once published a series of investigative blog posts on the mysterious disappearance of our trash cans, and it’s not even the strangest thing you’ll find in our archives. At least we’re self aware.

All of this is to say, we get really excited when we find people who get us and who want to work with and for us. Especially people with interesting backgrounds, fresh ideas and a passion for creative marketing and advertising. Enter our newest addition, Business Development Manager Stephanie Danielsson—Buffalo transplant, karaoke queen, and unabashed marketing nerd who could also casually beat all of us combined in an arm wrestling contest.

Before we gather for the first time in our brand new office on Quaker Street, we sat down with Stephanie to learn what makes her tick.

Start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your professional background. How did you find yourself at The Quilted Squirrel? 

Brooklyn-born, Long Island-raised, but I’ve boomeranged between NYC and Buffalo. I have two little fur monsters, Penny Lane the Pomeranian, and Cooper the chiweenie. After earning my bachelor’s in communication from University at Buffalo, I started my marketing career at WIVB Channel 4 right here in the city. Since then, I’ve designed marketing and sales strategies for a variety of organizations and initiatives, like Digital Press, Campus Labs, Amp Up NYC, Berklee College of Music and more. I geek out about marketing, and I’m not ashamed. To me, marketing is a puzzle. I know what the end picture needs to look like, but I have to put the pieces together to complete it. Which is why I’m so excited about joining the team at TQS—I get to continue to put puzzles together and work with a smart, capable team of folks to make it all happen. Fun fact: I’m a competitive bodybuilder and former personal trainer, too.

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do in your free time? 

I pick things up. I put them down. I have been an athlete all my life. Back in 2012 I decided to get into competitive bodybuilding. While I have not stepped on stage in a few years, it is still very much a passion of mine. In other words, I spend a lot of my free time in the gym. Books and movies are my jam. I find comfort in escaping to a story that isn’t my own while digging my nose into a good book or snuggling under a blanket to watch a flick.

What’s your go-to karaoke song? 

I LOVE karaoke. Seriously. I once forced a group of friends to endure 3.5 hours of private karaoke in the West Village for my birthday. I sang every song. Admittedly though, I am terrible with artist names and song titles, so choosing a song usually sounds something along the lines of “Hey, who sings that one that goes like…” As far as a go-to? I do get a little upset when the room chimes in and ruins my rendition of Disney’s “Part of Your World,” which is always on the song list for me.

If you could invite anyone, living or dead, to your Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be and why? 

Can I pick two? Kristen Bell because I think she’s hilarious and I’d like to be friends. And Hugh Jackman so he can perform The Greatest Showman live in my living room… well maybe not in my current living room, it’s a bit small. I can rent a space, that’s fine.

On which reality TV show would you make a great contestant? 

None? I’m not a big reality TV buff. Does Fixer Upper count? I have considered—more than once—moving to Waco, TX so Chip & Jo can design me a home. If not, The Voice—though I can already see them telling me during auditions to stick to the karaoke bar.

You just entered an all-you-can-eat food contest. What food is it and are you going to win? 

Tacos. I can’t say I’ve heard of an all-you-can-eat taco contest, but I would totally be in. Would I win? Of course. Tacos are delicious.

Passion for excessive taco consumption + amateur karaoke aficionado = a girl after our own heart. We can’t wait for the next staff party.

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