Meet our people: Customer Relations
Cassie is a member of our Customer Support team. She's also a writer, even among the writerly crowd that is Emma. She was an editor for many years at Business Wire, and she wrote and performed as part of the band Silver Jews until 2009 when that fine band called it quits. For SJ, she did more than write and play bass - planning and managing extensive tours, facilitating merchandise sales, hiring and training employees, coordinating publicity and producing music videos. A band is a business, and if the band happens to involve Jack White, it is likely to be known as One of Fourteen Side Businesses, With Seven More on the Way By Summer. Cassie hails from Louisville, a city she says sounds just fine pronounced any way you choose - Looavull, Looaville or Luhvull (note that Looeeevill isn't on the menu). It was there in the big L that she inherited her grandmother's four-string banjo and her love of horses. Which may be why Cassie becomes suspiciously popular right around Derby time. Get your bets in early this year, folks.
Will is a member of Emma's delivery team. Prior to joining us, he ran his own web development and social media shop in Seattle called 3 Story Church. Ironically enough, he ran it out of a three-story church! No, he didn't, but it sure would have added a much-needed element of irony to this story and is frankly going to prevent this bio from being the "10" it was clearly going to be before we realized Will ran the three-story business out of a one-story (nondescript, even!) building. Will is an avid urban cyclist (read: no spandex) and a singer-songwriter with a passion for old-school country music (read: no spandex). And he's one of the few Emma staffers — or country songwriters, for that matter — who can say he was both a former claims adjuster and a former assistant golf pro. It feels ironic somehow, doesn't it.
Claire is a member of our Concierge team. She also says, "Indeed!" a lot, in a way that makes you want to also say, "Indeed!" and before you know it, everyone's saying nothing but, "Indeed!" back and forth for an hour. It's no surprise Claire used to be a voiceover artist in addition to a Yellowstone tour guide, background screener, Deschutes River (Oregon) whitewater rafting and kayaking guide, manager of a New York restaurant owned by Stephen and Billy Baldwin (known in celebrity circles as Not Alec), and painter of one of the giant guitar sculptures that adorned many of Nashville's parks and sidewalks for a time (Claire's guitar was even featured on the cover of a book about our lovely, oversized-guitar-infested city). Claire also lists Clapping With One Hand as a talent, which may provide the answer to one of the universe's oldest questions. What is the sound of one hand clapping? Just ask Claire for a demonstration.
Casey Correll, part of our customer support team, is also known as Boy Casey. It's a distinction required to eliminate inter-office confusion between him and fellow Emma staffer — and girl — Casey McCormick. The Casey currently under discussion joined Emma after five years at Aspect Software. Thing is, Girl Casey also worked at Aspect. Boy Casey is a member of his neighborhood wine club, which is all well and good until you learn that Girl Casey is also a member of that neighborhood and that wine club. Lest we all start to wonder which Casey this paragraph really belongs to, it seems like a good time to list an array of Boy-Casey-only facts: he once made a giant cookie cake of Richard Nixon's face, he knows every word to Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and his favorite television show is Little House on the Prairie. Moral of the story? If you're ever confused about which Casey you've got, just criticize Michael Landon and see what happens.
Cody De Vos
Cody is our Integrations Manager. He holds a degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and studied Film at Columbia College in Chicago. He’s co-written and co-starred in his own film, Make-Out with Violence (check it out at www.makeoutwithviolence.com), which was selected as an official entry in the SXSW Film Festival and generally better received than his much earlier work, Make-Out with Joan Rivers. Cody's interesting and varied resume includes stints as a carriage driver in Chicago (his favorite city, and who can blame him except perhaps Toledo), a tour guide for Nashville’s Ghost Tours, and a freelance writer for the Nashville Scene. Along similar out-of-the-box-occupational-lines, our friend Cody has also been a security guard, a knife salesman, a substitute teacher, and a cart pusher at Wal-Mart. Oh, and he loves the Ramones. Again, who can blame him? (Pipe down, Toledo.)
John is a member of our customer support team. He joined Emma after a successful stint at Airbnb, where he worked from home — which begs the question, did he rent himself his desk and work area? Brilliant. John has lived and worked in Memphis, Minnesota, Longmont/Denver and the Nashville area, having attended school at nearby MTSU. He's also a certified mentor for children in grades K-6 through a program called Kids Hope USA and dreams of launching his own nonprofit someday — not out of his dislike of profits, but rather out of his like of kids. He also dreams of creating his own beer someday, and that day is now, and many days prior to now and maybe even last Tuesday, as he already brews his own English-style brown ales. John also joins the flush ranks of The Big Lebowski fans at Emma, who seem to be a couple of hires away from staging their own Lebowskifest in the lounge. Hopefully they'll serve English brown ales.
Kyle is a senior member of our customer support team. One morning while making coffee for the third floor, he had two coffee filter malfunctions in a row, causing grounds to fall into the thermos. This is not so much a compelling story about Kyle's initiative or persistence or leadership (yes, he has those things) as much as a kind of crummy story that points out how badly we need a new coffee filter dealie soon or people on the third floor are going to start getting ornery. Thanks. Kyle has a wife named Nancy and a beagle named Sir Augustus Liam Floydingshire III, which makes Nancy sound kind of boring, if length-of-name is any indication, which it often is. Kyle talks about Sir AFL3 a lot — how he is awesome and completely untrustworthy and how he understands words like cuddle, hungry and walk and how he knows the way to the local Dunkin' Donuts and sometimes likes to eat paper. What an awesome dog. Also, for the record, Nancy can do all those things and lots more. LOTS more.
Customer support specialist
Mary is part of our customer support team. She is known to eat a huge bowlful of Goldfish every day, which, let's be clear, is not a customer support team requirement. It's simply strongly encouraged, if you catch our drift. She's also into colorful drinks — blue, orange, red, green — you get the idea of drinks and how they can come in different colors — well, Mary's into them. She honed her customer service chops at Genesco (the company behind Journeys shoe stores and other shoe-related businesses), and she honed her interest in music being the daughter of a guitarist who was in Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cool, though still confounding how they slipped so many Ys into the name. When Mary isn't taking great care of Emma customers, she's likely to be designing clothes under her label, Skinny Riot!, watching her adorable son play soccer, or trying to keep up with her giant Great Dane named London. We probably didn't need to say "giant" in front of Great Dane, did we. Fair enough.
Mallory is one of our Emma Hosts, having joined us initially as an Emma intern extraordinaire post-college. That college was East Tennessee State University, FYI, and Mallory was the 2007-08 Advertising Student of the Year, also FYI, and she just so happened to graduate magna cum laude, triple FYI. There are just things you need to know about Mallory’s college career and a series of FYIs seemed appropriate. When she’s not taking care of Emma agencies, Mallory enjoys tacos, and outdoor activities like kickball, being careful to avoid kickballery for thirty minutes - scratch that, two days - after eating food from a taco, or really any, truck. She also enjoys running, and noise-making, with a particular interest in making eerily accurate siren noises. The sirens are so realistic you might believe a fire truck is actually heading your way. Or maybe something near you is on fire - best not to take any chances blowing it off as Mallory up to her old tricks, friend.
You have to like it when a request for quirky tidbits about a person results in a list that begins: 1. She hates cheese! 2. She's a professional organizer. Rarely do those two characteristics sit side by side on a list. Well done, Ms. Kirker. Kelley is our Emma Host, offering a helping hand as well as a warm smile to our new folks. You'll have to trust us on the smile. She is a graduate of Columbia International University in South Carolina and nearly tried out for the TV show The Bachelor, where her hatred of cheese, yogurt, sour cream and closet disarray would, one would think, have played out quite nicely in front of a national television audience. Everyone likes pulling for someone who hates messy dairy, after all. When she isn't working or trying out for shows she totally should have made it onto, Kelley enjoys listening to old-school R&B (think Diana Ross), NPR (think This American Life) and Beyoncé (we miss Diana Ross already). Incidentally, The Bachelor tryouts in Reno were the same day as the Emma interview Kelley chose to attend instead. Guess that's a rose for us, Chris Harrison.