This month’s Employee Spotlight is Zach Gatton, our Director of Marketing (and my boss, which will in no way impact the tone of this bio). This month Zach will be celebrating his 3rd year work anniversary with Total Solutions. He does an extraordinary job managing the marketing team with kindness and benevolence unmatched in the greater Quad Cities area – possibly the universe. He is constantly coming up with innovative ideas for both Total Solutions and his clients. He has built remarkable relationships with his clients that have allowed their businesses to grow through a combination of creativity and strategy. We are so lucky to have Zach as a member of the Total Solutions team and would not be able to do it without him! Thanks for all you do Zach! Keep reading to learn more about Zach and the phenomenal work he does.
Favorite memory of working at Total Solutions?
It’s hard to pick just one, but winning the inaugural Chili Cookoff is pretty high on the list.
What has been your proudest moment working at Total Solutions?
Growing the marketing line of business and expanding the team is something that I’m very proud of.
What Total Solutions client do you think everyone should visit?
The Rust Belt. Shameless plug but we have some great upcoming shows. Check them out at www.therustbeltqc.com
What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t doing this?
Everyone around me knows how much I like to argue/debate so maybe I would have enjoyed a law career. In retrospect, I should have picked a career that allowed me to play golf more frequently.
What is the best career lesson you have learned?
Every task or project can be an opportunity to prepare you for something new.
What is something you learned in the last week?
The 1999 smash hit “Butterfly” by the band Crazy Town has been streamed on Spotify over 308 million times. You can hear it live at The Rust Belt on April 6th. https://therustbeltqc.com/events/nu-metal-madness-tour-2 (I couldn’t help myself)
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Being active and pretty below average at basketball, golf, running, and CrossFit. I should probably also mention spending time with my wife and daughter. And watching the Hawkeyes.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Living and during with every possession of the Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball seasons.
Where is your favorite place to be?
A golf course on a nice day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” – Shawn Carter
What would your autobiography be called?
No Rearview Mirrors
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
If you could have dinner with any 3 people who would you choose?
Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, and Malcolm Gladwell.
What’s the worst style choice you’ve ever made?
Lots. I had a puka shell necklace phase for a short time. Frosted blonde tips in middle school. Cargo shorts. Having my hair to my shoulders in my mid-thirties. To many to just choose one.
You have to sing karaoke which song are you picking?
Drink My Hand – Eric Church
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