Pat Murphy is Chief Information Officer @ SaatchiNY, and has been with the company for 30+ years. If you’re interested in learning more about Pat, her work & her life, you can check out her LinkedIn Page or follow her on Twitter.
Pat’s office-mate Eric Damassa also appears in the front page image. All photos taken by Sasithon Pooviriyakul, an Account Supervisor at SaatchiNY. You can see more of her work on her website.
What do you do at Saatchi & Saatchi?
I connect people with knowledge.
Your first job?
I was a meat wrapper at the A&P (brrrrr!).
What led you on the path you’re on today?
I joined Dancer Fitzgerald Sample and heard their CD, Stan Becker, shouting “Where’s the #### Beef!?” I fell in love with this business.
Current desktop picture?
A photo taken by Eric Damassa!
Favorite YouTube video?
Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon in “The History of Rap” Love it! If you haven’t seen it — do check it out!
What’s your best “nothing is impossible” story?
I was asked to deliver an RFI to Atlanta Georgia & left for Newark Airport in speeding cab (still wrapping the box). Snow storm: flights were canceled or delayed (lines of people everywhere).
I almost made the 7PM flight . . . I was literally inches from the door when the stewardess said “we have room for you, but the HUGE package has to be checked”. NOT! I got on the 8:30PM instead (upgraded . . . oh yeah!) and managed to get to the consultants office by midnight.
Everything was locked up, so I banged on the window, slipped the maintenance guy a few dollars and he let me into the building. I climbed three flights of stairs and dropped off our package on top of ALL the other packages.
Left a message on my CMO’s phone: “the Eagle arrived safe and sound. “Nothing is Impossible!”
Tell us something surprising about yourself:
Skinny dipped in Mexico! (Don’t tell my kids!)
What are your Lovemarks?
My new Rav 4 with the heated seats!
Favorite childhood television program?
The Man from U.N.C.L.E! I had a crush on that Blonde Russian Illya Kuryakin (aka: David McCallum). Actually, I still have a crush on him, but now he’s a Scotsman named Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS. NCIS is my favorite show as an adult . . . coincidence? I think not.
What’s your favorite creative pursuit?
Ah! So many! But I think inventing little treats for my mom and watching her eat and enjoy them. When she’s happy she says: “Och! Aye! That’s delicious!”
What do you do for fun?
Torturing Account Ex’s and checking out my new young friends on facebook. (Don’t worry – your secrets are safe with me).
What blogs/magazines/books/papers/websites can you not live without?
Have you ever won a trophy?
My husband constantly reminds me that: I’ve won the “Husband” Lottery! And I have!
Book that you’re currently reading:
Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray & Love” – Och Aye! Delicious!
A guilty pleasure for me is:
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! & Chocolate!
What do you think the greatest invention is in your lifetime and why?
The iPhone! – and you know why!
Da Vinci (brilliant man) and John Lennon (still love him after all these years)
When’s the last time you gave a standing ovation?
My daughter’s gymnastic team. I stood and roared as only a Mother can!
If you weren’t at Saatchi & Saatchi, what profession would you most like to try?
Cruise Director on the QE2
What’s the last song you listened to?
Pink Floyd “The Wall” because of Damassa & Buckley!! They sound as good today as they did back then. Och Aye! Things do get better with age!!