Brooke West is the communications director at the Turbomachinery Lab Symposium office and has been working here for two years.
What image is the background of your phone?
It’s a picture of sweet and silly neices, Makenna and Makenzie.
Is there anything interesting we should know about you?
I’m a huge fan of True Crime. I’m also really into special effects makeup. I like watching the tutorials and recreating them. I’ve won the Downtown Bryan Zombie Pub Crawl three years in a row!
What are your favorite movies or TV shows?
Two shows that are always on in the background at my house are Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. My non-comedy favorites are The Handmaid’s Tale, and a new one I just started, Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams.
What is a brief explanation of what you do here?
I handle all aspects of marketing and communications for the Turbo Lab. I manage the website and create email blasts. For our events, TPS and ATPS, I coordinate the production of our show guides and signage. Basically, any printed or digital communications, I coordinate that.
What is your favorite part of working here?
It’s hard to pick one thing because I love working here. I think my overarching favorite is that I am able to do the things that I’m good at, like writing and design. This job challenges me and allows me to get better at those things every day. I also really like all of the people. My coworkers are great, and I love going to show where I’m able to meet, face-to-face, the people with whom I’ve spoken to over the phone and emailed.
Have there been any moments working here that stick out to you? (I heard from Stephanie there have been some pranks in the office)
One time Greg went to a meeting and left his office open. So we moved his furniture and took his couch out of his office. We took a selfie of everyone in the office and set it as his computer screensaver. Greg has pictures of his family framed on his wall. We took pictures of those pictures and photo shopped our heads onto them, so that it still looked like the orginal photos, but had our faces instead. It took him a couple of hours to realize what we’d done because of our awesome Photoshop job. It may have been a “prank,” but it was all in good fun; everyone enjoyed themselves, including Greg.
When people think of you professionally, what do you want them to think about?
I have a bit of an internal mantra that “That’s the way it’s always been done,” is usually a terrible way to go about life. I hope people see me as innovative and always willing to improve. I also hope people see me as someone who is fun and easy to work with.