Posted On 18 April 2011 by on Emily Rose Company News, LM Musings

Lisa-Marie here with a little story…

Way back in my corporate life when I worked as a Systems Analyst for a major telecommunications company I found myself in dire straights.  I was in desperate need of an intelligent, dynamic, pro-active systems analyst for my team.  Now this was no easy role.  I was looking for someone with extensive software development experience, skills in writing technical requirements documentation and someone with the ability to understand the complexities of data-warehousing and analytics.  Stay with me here – it’s a good story.

I submitted my headcount request through my boss – who promptly told me he had already assigned a headcount to my team that had somehow ended up in our department.  Did she have software development experience?  Ummm… no.  Technical writing experience?  Ummmmm… no.  Any experience or knowledge in data or anlaytics?  Ummmmm…no.

I remember saying to my senior team member… “Great, we have someone who can take our minutes and produce power point.  Exactly what we needed (insert heavily jaded corporate sarcasm).”

Well was I in for a surprise and a lesson!  I got Michelle.  Michelle quickly picked-up complex technical requirements writing, she worked day and night to make sure that she was not holding up or slowing down the team and most important of all, she was a ray of sunshine and optimism.  Michelle performed so well during those few years that she worked for me that I swore if I ever got the opportunity I would hire her again.

Fast forward five years.  Lisa-Marie has been working like crazy, she sees nothing but more hard work ahead of her as she continues to push towards making her dream of empowering Moms and daughters a reality.  She has a little bit of a melt-down.  Thank goodness that Lisa-Marie also has an amazing husband who says, “don’t you think it’s about time that you hired Michelle?”

SO WE DID!!!!  Introducing Michelle Fernandez Marino who has just joined the Emily Rose family.  Michelle is going to help me make sure that our customers continue to be impressed and delighted by their Emily Rose experience, as well as help me continue to develop the @Home program. You can’t imagine how pleased and excited I was to be able to drag Michelle away from her 18 year corporate career to join a little, family orientated company like ours (isn’t she brave!)

Here’s Michelle’s bio…

Michelle Fernandez-Marino is the newest member of the Emily Rose family. She believes that joining Emily Rose was destiny! Michelle worked for Lisa-Marie (founder of Emily Rose 18 Inch Doll Clothes & Furniture) in the corporate world years ago, so when Michelle was approached with an opportunity to work with the company, she couldn’t pass it up!

Michelle is excited to work for a company whose mission is to promote and empower women, whether Moms looking to encourage the wonders and creativity of imaginative play while not breaking the bank, or women interested in going into business themselves while teaching young girls the importance of financial freedom… either vision, Emily Rose is the place to be!

Michelle and her husband are having the time of their lives raising their beautiful daughter. She keeps them on their toes with her 2 year old curiosity, imagination, and spunk!

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