Name: Ben Waymire
Title: Account Director
Years at Volume Nine: 4
Why were you chosen for our January employee spotlight?
“I was elected to the Executive Board of Food For Thought – Denver, a non-profit organization I have been involved with for about 4 years. Our mission is to fight weekend hunger for poverty-stricken children at Title One schools in the Denver Public Schools (DPS) system.”
Tell us more about your role on the Executive Board of Food for Thought – Denver:
“It was a tremendous honor to be invited to join the Executive Board and additionally be appointed the Chairman of our Communications Committee. As Chairman, it is my responsibility at a high level to ensure our messaging contributes effectively to the organization’s mission, keeps us on a growth trajectory in Denver, and positions us for expansion into other markets. The Communications Committee oversees the organization’s website, social media, content marketing, email marketing, grant acquisitions, and public relations.”
What is the best part of working for V9?
“The people and culture. V9 employs some of the best and brightest talent in digital marketing.”
What excites you about working in Digital Marketing?
“It changes literally every day. I don’t do boredom very well, so I need to be in an industry that is rapidly evolving and feel like I am part of something critical to the success of any business.”
What excites you about the future of Digital Marketing?
“Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality equally excite and terrify me.”
What is your favorite quote?
“No way I can pick just one. Here are three:
- “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde
- “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” ~Robin Williams
- “Life is a tragedy for those who feel. And a comedy for those who think.” ~Jean De La Bruyère”
Who is your favorite influencer to follow on social media?
“Again, no way I can pick just one. A few that come to mind right away are David Brin, Sam Harris, Elon Musk, Ann Handley, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Richard Branson.”
If a sitcom was made about life at V9, who would play you, and why?
“If it were up to me, I would pick Jason Bateman. I identify with his dry sarcasm and ability to inject levity into serious situations. Which is highly useful in an agency environment.”
What is your most embarrassing moment as a marketing professional?
“That’s easy. In 2012, I was speaking at a franchising convention in Tucson, AZ. I was presenting to about 150 franchise owners, and the microphone in the headset I was wearing started cutting out about 5 minutes into a 30-minute presentation. I had to stop speaking and just stand there while they sorted it out. After about one minute (which seemed like one hour), the AV guy walked over to me and said “don’t worry, we’ll get it figured out.” I smiled and said jokingly: “Good, because I definitely don’t know what the f–k is going on.” Except the mic kicked on for the whole crowd to hear “the f–k is going on.”
The room erupted in laughter, and I thought I was going to faint. Luckily, they all had a great sense of humor about it, and frankly it made the rest of the presentation much easier.”
What is your proudest moment as a marketing professional?
“Landing my first “big” contract as an independent consultant. I immediately called my brother, asked him to quit his job, and help me start a small digital agency. We did that for five years.”
Aside from V9, what has been your favorite job and why?
“Starting and running my own boutique digital agency. I learned so many invaluable things about business and life that I never could have learned otherwise. Plus, we had a large, warehouse office space in the lower highlands where half of it was a do-it-yourself skatepark, motorcycle repair shop, and wet bar. The other half was partitioned off into desks and computers. It was a dream come true.”
Tell us about your favorite guilty pleasure (or at least one you’re willing to admit).
“Trolling people on social media. It’s such a terrible thing to do, but it’s just so easy sometimes.”
At Volume Nine, we are so proud of our employees and their accomplishments – in and out of the office. We want to thank Ben for taking time out of his busy day to answer our questions. Stay tuned next month for another employee spotlight.
To learn more about Ben, Volume Nine, or the many services we provide, contact us today! We’d love to hear from you.