Employee of the Month-September 2022: Kat Weiss
SharpNet is pleased to honor Kat Weiss as Employee of the Month for September! As an exceedingly artistic, amazingly talented, and truly creative graphic design artist, Kat has brought a higher level of design expertise to our social media marketing department. With a fierce work ethic and a heart for helping others, she embodies a true team spirit, stopping at nothing to deliver the highest quality work, whether she’s designing a graphic for a Facebook Ads campaign or delivering outstanding service to a client. When she’s not immersed in her work here at SharpNet, Kat enjoys spending quality time with her daughters, family, and Daphnie, her adorable cat. She also enjoys road cycling and creating unusual and interesting works of art. Kat is a true asset to our company, and we all appreciate her immensely! Congratulations, Kat!
Here are some other fun facts about Kat!
Before working at SharpNet, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’d ever had?
K: I had a side hustle custom-painting rocking chairs for kids when I was in my early 20s. I must’ve painted hundreds of them. Everything from Disney princesses to Winnie the Pooh, Thomas the Tank Engine, Scooby-Doo—the list went on and on—all complete with the kiddo’s name in some gloriously fancy typography. The extent of polyurethane exposure probably explains a lot about me.
How did you first learn about SharpNet?
K: Hard to believe, but it was on Indeed. Three and a half weeks later, I started my first day.
How do you balance your career at SharpNet and your free time?
K: The longer my career extends, the better I get at maintaining a work/life balance. It helps tremendously to have the support of the company. SharpNet definitely understands this. Outside of SharpNet, I invest tons of quality time with my daughters and my partner, I take care of my mother, I hop on my road cycle any chance I get, and my new furry sidekick, Daphnie, keeps me pretty entertained. I’m almost always creating something at home. Right now I’m making a wall clock out of Nick Johnson’s bicycle tire!
How has SharpNet helped you in your career development?
K: Besides the fact that I interact on a daily basis with genius-level talent? “Enormously” would be my most succinct answer. My professional design background has largely been in print, and even though digital marketing was a service I provided, the way we function at SharpNet is on a whole other, all-encompassing level. I truly believe reinvention is the key to remaining relevant, and SharpNet has helped me take what I know and apply it to the digital advertising world, which continues to be invaluable to me as a professional.
If you could pick one theme for SharpNet to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?
K: I think SharpNet is the Cyrano de Bergerac of the marketing world. I would take that theme, alter the algorithms, and have Cyrano get the girl.
Any random facts you could share?
K: The way the story goes, when my great grandfather arrived in the U.S. from Germany, he was told he was spelling his last name wrong and was told to add an s by a teacher in school. So, we became “Weiss” instead of “Weis.” We’re a very compliant people!
Are you messy or organized?
K: Maybe 3x/month I really get my ducks in a row. I always have the best of intentions to keep that momentum going. Some months are better than others!
Best vacation you’ve been on?
K: I took my daughters—who are now 19—to my hometown this past summer for the first time. Who knew a week in Bloomingdale, NJ, would be the best vacation I ever had, but there it is!
If you could be any force of nature, what would it be?
K: I would be love. Love is considered an elemental force of nature, much like gravity. I read once that “the power that drives the stars is the same that compels the heart.” That’s intense stuff! And I feel, love is the one true thing that we can all agree matters.