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Greg Schutta

Greg Schutta

Vice President of Client Services

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

I don’t know that I would categorize this as a “technological innovation,” but I’m most excited about the continuing advancement of the connected consumer. Watching the evolution of 24/7 connectedness with consumers and the real-time engagement we can have as marketers is fascinating and exciting. Anything is possible. Consumers are in the driver’s seat. Brand value is no longer dictated by the brand; it’s decided by the masses.

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How many languages do you speak?

Just English. I took French in school, but wish I would have taken Spanish. Merde! Spanish would be much more handy.

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What was the last good book you read?

I’m currently reading First Break All the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

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What was your first paying job?

My first paying job was at the age of 14, washing dishes at Country Kitchen in New Hope, Minnesota. What was interesting was that I was really hungry to have a job, but I was only 14 and legally had to be 15. It was instilled in me very early on that you work hard to earn your own way.

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What was your favorite college course?

After high school, I attended the Minnesota School of Business, taking general education courses while I tried to figure out what I was going to be when I grew up. I took a court reporting class, typing on a stenograph, and it was one of those “what am I doing?” moments.

During that time, I also had a few sales and marketing desk jobs in the corporate communications field, and these companies were just starting to explore what the Internet would mean for their businesses. That’s where my career in digital technology and marketing began. I was raised by developers and started early on in project management. I learned everything I know on the job, was given some amazing opportunities, and have been blessed to work under some brilliant teachers and mentors along the way.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

Steve Jobs. Who wouldn’t want 15 minutes with one of the greatest innovators of our time?

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Chores aren’t an issue for me. I’m a little anal-retentive, and doing chores is actually calming. I love things when they are in order. A place for everything and everything in its place. It lets my brain rest. Order brings me happiness. As for things I hate — there are very few, but the thing that gets under my skin quickest is people who talk on their cell phones while at the cash register.

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What is your favorite drink?

I love a good Bloody Mary with a beer back.

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Why were you given your name?

Because The Brady Bunch was popular at the time and my parents were short on ideas. My original name was supposed to be Ambrose. I dodged a bullet on that one.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m great with on-the-fly analogies. Ask anyone I work with. In fact, you can follow me on Twitter: DigitalAnalogies. I’m also a pretty good bowler.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

I think it would be interesting to grow up during the time when the settlers first came to America. I’m not sure I’d like to hunt animals, but it was a simpler time. The world was a perfectly happy place, with much less than what we have now.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning person. I’m most productive when I have a few hours in the morning to plan out my day.