Slingshot Snapshot: Gina Hubsch

Welcome to the first installment of Slingshot Snapshots. This series aims to serve as an introduction, how-do-you-do, fist bump or all of the above to a long list of badass Slingshot employees. These posts are going to tell you a bit about Slingshot’s denizens and what it is they do here.

Meet our first victim lucky lady, Gina Hubsch. She’s part tourist, part Blake Lively and part potato, all wrapped up in a nice little project manager package. Allow us to explain…

Hey there, Gina!
Let's talk #TBT. Tell us about your work life before you came to Slingshot.
My background is mostly in television, video production and corporate events though my most recent position was essentially growing and managing an internal creative agency for a software company. I enjoy the challenge that comes with being one of the first members of a department and building a team. I’ve had the opportunity to do that a few times in my career, and it’s always gratifying to see a team flourish, even after you’ve moved on from the company.

Where can people find you out and about in Dallas when you aren't working?
I figure for my first year here, I’m allowed to be a tourist. My husband and I try to get out and do or see something new every weekend.

If someone could play you in a movie, who would it be and why?  
Okay, so, I’m going to say Blake Lively, but hear me out! I think she is the far more elegant and refined version of me, though she has amazing hair that I will never have.

If you were a carb, what would you be and why?
I’d be a potato because I'm versatile and can be dressed differently for any occasion.

So what was it like starting the project management department at Slingshot? Was it anything like playing Red Rover? Because that's totally what I'm picturing in my head right now.
Exciting! The fact that Slingshot was willing to take this step in its own professional development says a lot about its business and where leadership sees the future of the company. Investing in a new department like this now frees up other team members to focus on their areas of expertise, and our clients reap those benefits. Sure, it’s a change, and change is never as easy as we’d like it to be. But I think that once people see that project management is here as an ally and not an obstacle, they begin to see what a positive impact we can have on the business.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Slingshot? (I'm totally leading the witness here…)
The culture here is fantastic. Agency work is serious business, but if you can’t stop and laugh sometimes (even at your own expense) you’re doing yourself a disservice, in my opinion. Slingshot is comprised of a talented group of people who know the importance of enjoying what you do. Anyone here is happy to answer questions for you about anything at all. You’re never confined to whatever area you might have joined Slingshot for. If you’re a Creative and you’re interested in learning more about Account Management, you’re encouraged to do so. As part of this “continued learning” process, Slingshot also has what is called “Slingshot Academy” once per week, which is a series of trainings that cover various topics ranging from an overview of the Media Group to Creative Thinking. It’s a way to get a glimpse into what the other teams do and get some suggestions on how to improve the way you do your job.

What’s one thing folks might be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life! My husband and I were married almost two years ago and decided that we wanted an adventure. I began to look for my dream job, and we decided that wherever that job took us was where we’d call home. My interview at Slingshot was the first time I’d ever even been to Dallas. The rest is history! We spend our weekends exploring the area, and I am currently practicing using “y’all” in my everyday vocabulary.

Over the next few months, we’ll continue our tour around our office to give you an inside peek at the people and processes that make things happen at Slingshot. Until then, feel free to meet the rest of our team or get distracted by a butterfly.

Posted Wed, Jul 29, 2015 by Holly Betts in Fun