A Day in the Life of the ASA Staff

Hey everyone! We have been busy in the office getting things together for Junior Nationals. We are pretty excited and hope you are too! Since we have posted a little bit about ourselves, this week we decided to get to know the ASA staff a little more with a couple of questions!

Our first stop was in Amy’s office. Amy serves as the Creative Director for the Shorthorn Country magazine.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Amy: “A typical day for me includes designing ads, especially right now with the July issue, answering the phones, the mail. Basically anything and everything!”

Question 2: “If animals could talk, which one would be the rudest?”

Amy: “Donkeys”

After Amy, we stopped by to chat with Matt, the Director of Performance Programs, Performance Data & Commercial Acceptance.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Matt: “I don’t know if there is a “typical day.” There are so many different things that we do. I usually use the first few minutes of every day to catch up on industry and world news; from there, there’s no telling where it could go. It could be data entry, EPD problems, or marketing. You never know from one day to the next.”

Question 2: “Which maroon is better: Mississippi State maroon or Texas A&M maroon?”

Matt: “Mississippi State, 100%. You never forget your first love.”

From Matt’s office, we moseyed down the hall way to see Emily, the Director of Events, Show & Membership Activities.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Emily: “Well, it depends on the time of year. Right now, I basically come in and do the mail and answer the phones. Once show season starts, it’s a little more hectic because we are getting ready for all the national shows and I often will work on the weekends.”

Question 2: “Who is your celebrity crush?”

Emily: “I have a few. Jason Momoa and Shawn Mendes, but my ultimate one is Charlie Hunnam.”

After Emily, we headed to Shelby’s office. Shelby is the Director of Youth Activities, Marketing and Communications for the ASA.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Shelby: “I don’t really have a typical day since I do all the marketing and youth activities. It varies on the time of year. For example, as we get closer to Junior Nationals my focus shifts to making sure we have everything ready for juniors while also keeping up with the marketing and communications side of things.”

Question 2: “How many bowls of cereal do you think Seth (her husband) has had by this time today?”

Shelby: “He probably ate his bowl of frosted mini wheats at 10:30, so he is probably looking for his next snack right about now.”

Our next interviewee was Heather, the ASA’s Director of Customer Service, Registrations & DNA. We were pretty excited to hang out in Heather’s office because it’s full of cool things like the office punching bag.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Heather: “It starts with the daily run, which is the mail and answering the phones. I also check emails through my personal email and the information email, I process DNA samples and check DNA results daily, random things like writing articles for the magazine or other little projects that come up, and I order supplies for everybody.”

Question 2: “Is a hot dog a sandwich? Why or why not?”

Heather: “That’s tough. My first reaction is to say no even though I don’t know why because it has bread and condiments.”

Last, but certainly not least, we stopped by Montie’s office to ask him our questions.

Question 1: “What does a typical day in the office look like for you?”

Montie: “There is no such thing as a typical day because you never know what kind of issues may come up. Breeders have different problems we have to solve so there’s not usually a real typical day. If you were gonna say it’s a “typical day,” it would be being available to all the staff to answer any questions that may arise. If there’s anything typical, it’s making myself available to the staff while servicing the membership.”

Question 2: “What is the most ridiculous fact you can think of right now?”

Montie: “Less than 50% of beef consumed in the US is purchased in a grocery store. Most of it is consumed in a restaurant.”

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