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GuildQuality Employee Spotlight: Suzanne StraussJuly 25th, 2017 by
Happy One Year Anniversary!
Name: Suzanne Strauss
Title: Member Success Representative
Start Date: July 5, 2016
Tell me about yourself; where are you from and what brought you to GuildQuality?
I am truly a Georgia peach. I was born in Macon, I grew up in Roswell, and I moved to downtown Atlanta for college at Georgia State University. I have been living inside the perimeter and around Atlanta ever since! I love this city and I’ve come to know it well over the years. I stumbled upon GuildQuality through a great friend of mine, Rachel Shurbutt, who now works as a Member Support Manager.
“I instantly fell in love with the company culture”.
In three words, how would you describe the environment here?
What do you love most about working for GuildQuality?
It is going to be hard to keep this answer short, but I’ll try my best. I think the one thing I love the most is the altruistic attitude of everyone that works here. We are all 100% on the same team, looking to accomplish the same goals, and better the company overall. I have such a secure and reliable lifeline here, and I genuinely enjoy the company of everyone I work with.
“I absolutely adore my job, and work rarely feels like work!”
Now that you’ve been here for a year, what would you say is your favorite GQ memory?
Within the first week I was hired, the Member Success Team went on a retreat to Escape the Room in downtown Atlanta. I remember thinking how comfortable I felt with everyone on my team, and that I’d finally found where I belong. Escape the Room was an absolute blast! We’ve gone on other retreats since then, and they have all been so much fun. Most recently, we went indoor skydiving at iFLY!
That sounds like so much fun! Okay, next question. What are you most proud of?
Right after I graduated college, I spent three months teaching English overseas in Japan. I’ve studied Japanese since I was five years old, and this trip was something that I’d always dreamed of doing for myself. I taught ages 3 – 53, in a rural part of the country, and it was an incredible, eye-opening experience for me that I wouldn’t trade for anything. If you are considering doing something like this, don’t wait!
That’s amazing! When you’re not teaching English overseas, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I do have a somewhat unique hobby. I’m a fancy goldfish enthusiast. In my spare time, I love to take care of my three aquariums – reorganizing the decorations, researching and replacing my live plants, testing the water, etc. I have six fish total, and though it’s a lot of work, it’s relaxing and I enjoy it immensely.
Wow, how cool! Do you have a favorite television show?
I have a lot of answers for this one, but for now, I’m going to say Jeopardy. I love hanging out with my mom, who is also my best friend, and we watch Jeopardy together when it comes on at 7:30 EST. Trivia shows are always a lot of fun for me, as I’m an incredibly competitive person.
It sounds like we need a company trivia night! Okay, next question. What’s your favorite thing to do in Atlanta?
Eat. I am a colossal foodie, and Atlanta’s food scene is out of control. Walking on the Beltline and hitting all of my favorite food stops is my idea of the perfect afternoon.
Agreed! There’s no shortage of good food in Atlanta. Which restaurant is your absolute favorite?
This is so tough. There are so many restaurants I am obsessed with! For now, let me go ahead and say SoBa Vietnamese Cuisine in East Atlanta Village. I go there the most often, and the food is consistently incredible. I recommend a medium 14 (house Pho soup) with a #2 spring roll. I visit so often that I’m friends with the entire staff if that tells you anything. If you ever have questions about where to eat, I’ll be more than glad to advise!
Okay, last question. If you had to eat the same meal for the rest of your life – breakfast, lunch, and dinner—what would that meal be and why?
Because of my affinity for all things Japanese, this is an easy answer. I would (and could) eat sushi every single day for every meal. When I was in Japan, that’s exactly what I did, and that’s why I’m so certain of it!
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