Robert Gabe is a senior at West Chester University and grew up in the Downingtown, Pennsylvania. This is Robert’s second internship where he will continue his work as Copywriter and Video Editing Assistant.
Q: Where do you go to school, what’s your major and do you have a focus?
A:I’m currently attending West Chester University and I’m a communication studies major. The main thing I do there is I write for West Chester University’s “The Quad”, which is their newspaper. At The Quad, I’m partnered with a company called Allied Marketing and I do a lot of journalistic outings with them. I go to press junkets and I interview people in the entertainment industry which has been a portfolio to show on my resume in its own right.
Q: Do you interview any high level celebrities?
A:The last people I interviewed were comedians Key & Peele for their latest film “Keanu”, as well as Jeremy Saulnier, director of “Green Room.” Also, yeah, quite a few really famous people: Carey Mulligan leading actress of “Suffragette” and Oscar Isaac who was featured in the new “Star Wars” movie.
Q: Is it intimidating interviewing these celebrities? Are you the ones asking the questions?
A:Yeah I’m the one asking the questions. The first few times I was a little star struck but after you get over it, you just treat them like people. You don’t have to be like, “Oh I’m such a big fan.” You just have a conversation with them like they’re normal people and they definitely respond to that a lot better.
Q :What skill set can you bring to Purplegator?
A: I think they brought me on because they saw how accomplished and talented I am in my writing. I definitely think that copywriting is my strongest skill set. I also have a background with video editing, specifically the program Final Cut. I’ve studied video applications in high school and that definitely carried over to college. I can be of use in regards to the video department and all of the video work that they need to have done.
Q: Besides the job with the Quad, what other past jobs have you had?
A:I worked at a marketing agency called Stratus Interactive. That was a non-paid internship, but I gained a lot of experience with Hubspot and working alongside my team. But also just adapting to that workplace because, prior to that, I had only worked in retail. It was a good stepping stone into that workplace environment.
Q: What are your interests outside of school and work?
A:I am definitely a big movie buff and that’s part of the reason I pursued the interview opportunities so hard. To me, I don’t consider it work. It’s really something that I love to do. I was very athletic in high school, but once I came to West Chester I gave up the athletics and started pursuing the writing really hard. To me, writing is like an art form. Writing combined with film is one of my main interests.
Q: So do you want to write scripts?
A:Not necessarily. I like creative writing. I am a big film enthusiast, but I don’t think I would want to be involved with writing scripts. I just like being a part of the entertainment industry as a journalist. I really like interviewing actors, actresses and directors. That’s what I really like to do right now.
Q: What are your short-term and long term goals?
Right now I’m just trying to gain as much experience as I can with internships like this and to do well in my courses at the moment. I’d like to continue what I’m doing with my interviews. I’m not in any rush to leave West Chester. I’m trying to do exceedingly well in everything I can and grab as many internship opportunities as I can.
Q: Do you have a dream job?
A:Ideally, I would like to be the person running the interviews and running the press junkets who’s in charge of the whole event.
Q: What attracted you to Purplegator?
A:I was attracted to the name. I really like the more modern feel of the office. It doesn’t feel like the stereotypical workplace. It’s more collaborative. I want to be put to work, but I also want to be in a place that feels like I’m not trapped in a cubicle all day. I wanted to work in a place that enabled me to be creative.
Catie McDonnell is a senior at Bowling Green State University and grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Her first internship was located in Philadelphia also. She will be working as the Creative Assistant for ATS Mobile.
Q: What school do you go to, what’s your major, and what’s your primary focus?
A: I go to Bowling Green State University. It’s located in north western Ohio. My major is Visual Communications Technology. There’s four areas within that: print, web, photo & video. I’ve chosen to concentrate my focus on web and print. I also have a business minor, but I’m also focusing on the graphic design aspect of it too.
Q: What is your skill set that you offer to the company?
A: I love to code and I think I’m a good problem solver. Also, I feel like I can bring a set of fresh eyes to the creative aspect/design part of everything.
Q: What has your experience been with past positions?
A: I was the graphic design intern at a non-profit called Aahana, which was located in Center City Philadelphia.I worked on their brochures, website, social media, graphics, the email newsletter and things like that.
Also, I have a job on campus at the REC center, which is a side job when I’m attending class.
Q: What are your personal interest outside of the workplace?
A: I was on the swim team all throughout my life and I also golfed so I keep up with both of those. My Dad actually got me into golf because he’s in business and he thought, with me being a female, if you can golf that’s where a lot of the business takes place. I started that when I was seven. I was on the high school golf team. That was fun. Outside of that I like hanging out in coffee shops and hanging out with friends.
Q: What are your short-term and long term goals?
A: Short-term goals, regarding this job, are just to add as much as I can to the company by using my unique set of skills and to generate leads. In regards to long term goals, graduation is not that far away. I’ll be graduating next August. Outside of that, I want to land a job where I don’t feel I’m at work. I want to go into the office and feel like I’m doing something that actually matters. I don’t want to just “pass the time.” Besides that, I’d like to do more web design. I don’t know if that means starting my own company or freelancing (I haven’t really figured that out yet), but I would really like to pursue web design.
Q: What attracted you to Purplegator?
A: First of all, I saw the name and I was like “What is that? That sounds cool!” Then on the website I read that you’re never going to see a Purplegator out in the wild, which meant the company was different. I don’t want to work for a company that’s run-of-the-mill with nothing unique about it. I feel like this job has a lot of opportunities to work with different clients and work on different projects.
One of the mantras that I’ve always lived by is that:
“Our Employees are our Greatest Asset”
But, every now and then, something happens when I realize that I’ve made a positive impact on the life of somebody else. Such an impact was obviously made when I received this email today from an employee that worked for ATS over twenty years ago.
Hope you have a great weekend. 22 years later, I want to say THANK YOU for investing in sending me to the Dale Carnegie Sales Training.
I still use some of the strategies and learnings from the multi-week course. Only years later, can I truly appreciate your generosity.
Thanks again and enjoy the weekend! Hope all is well with the business and Bentz family.
I can’t tell you how much that email meant to me so I wanted to share it with our blog readers.
Say something nice to somebody today. It will make their day.
One of the great things about being in business so long is that you get a chance to meet ordinary people who are quite extraordinary.
Such a man was Bob Lansinger.
Bob was our AT&T representative at Advanced Telecom Services in the early 1990’s. He was instrumental in helping us grow into a much bigger company through the decade of the 90’s.
More importantly, however, he was our friend. He lived in the same township as my long-time business partner Bret Dunlap and me. Our three daughters went to the same high school together, played sports together, and my daughter and his even went to the same college together at Clemson.
My fondest memories of Bob was when we first started the business in suburban Philadelphia and I was still living in Connecticut until we knew for sure that the business was going to warrant a permanent move. My life was pretty tough then, leaving on Monday morning and returning home on Thursday night with a young son at home that I missed tremendously. I basically worked all day, because I didn’t have anything else to do.
Bob was the first person in the area who invited me to his home and I remember how nice it was to get out of the office and hang out with a nice family at night. I’ll never forget what a kind gesture that was and how it was so much nicer to be in the Lansinger home with my friend than at a restaurant with my vendor.
You’ll never meet a kinder person than Bob Lansinger.
Thanks for all you did for our business Bob and thanks even more for being our friend.
ATS Mobile is pleased to announce the hiring of two new Mobile Marketing Consultants to its team.
Barb Osier Breeser, a long time expert in the field and resident of Des Moines, Iowa, has joined the team. In addition, Kevin Campbell, a recent graduate of James Madison University with a background in internet-related sales in New York City, has also begun a new career with ATS and will work out of its King of Prussia headquarters.
It doesn’t seem like it was a quarter of a century when a group of entrepreneurs joined forces to open the doors to Advanced Telecom Services in Wayne, Pa. in the summer of 1989.
George Bush, the elder, was President, a Cornell University student became the first person to be indicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for unleashing a computer virus, and baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose accepted a lifetime ban for betting on the sport.
It was also in the infancy of the burgeoning 900 number pay-per-call, audiotext industry, with crossword puzzle devotees having an option of finding an answer instantly, for a nominal fee, by dialing a 900 number on their landline phone. Newspapers around the country soon adapted the service, including the venerable New York Times.
From 900 numbers dispensing news, sports and entertainment in the U.S. and Canada, to pay-per-call programs debuting in several countries throughout the 1990s including the U.K. and Czech Republic, Advanced Telecom Services quickly became a global leader in processing audiotext programs.
In 2001, the eventual full conversion to a digital, mobile-first agency began with the introduction of one of North America’s first membership-based ringtone websites, Ringingphone.com, which grew to over 60,000 paying members.
By 2007, the push to mobile was fully underway with website and app development, the introduction of the do-it-yourself text platform at 84444.com, and sister company Advanced Mobile being purchased by mobile automotive giant AutoByTel, and Advanced Telecom’s name change to ATS Mobile, both occurring in 2013.
Following another change last year, a move into our new offices in the Valley Forge Casino complex and resort in King of Prussia, Pa., we currently specialize in engagement strategies in the mobile space. ATS seeks to partner with growing businesses, define ambitious goals, and develop and execute strategies to achieve them.
For more on the history of Advanced Telecom Services and ATS Mobile click here.
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