McCanners of MPLS

McCanners of MPLS | John Schmit

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 

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How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? Two good questions… 3.5 years, Webmaster

What was the last picture you took on your phone? Any empty nasal spray bottle (as a reminder to buy more). This one didn’t make it to Instagram

What advice would you tell your high school self? Don’t rest your chin on your fist for your senior year photo. It’s forever…

Name a character trait you inherited from your parents: To gather (borderline hoard) and simultaneously purge material goods. It’s a constant struggle.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 8th grade badminton champion. I beat the school star athlete and he was soooooooooo mad. I think it scarred him for life.

What is your motto? Keep on truckin’

Your worst habit? Staying up too late. But my latest late isn’t very late.

If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be and why? Forever 21 (for a week)

What would your DJ name be? Apparently it’s “DJ Party Zone” (http://bzfd.it/2fyD8pn)

Favorite scary movie? Blair Witch Project

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Steve Buscemi

McCanners of MPLS | Kirsten Erickson

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 

How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? I’ve been here for a little over a year. I started out as a media intern and now work as a media strategist for the Johnsonville and Caboodles team

Have you ever cut your own hair? I cut my own bangs (and hold my breath the entire time, every time)

Favorite go-to drink? Barefoot Moscato. I like the cheap stuff!

Best date spot in MPLS? Betty Danger’s for that ferris wheel life

What movie makes you cry/laugh? Titanic makes me weep every time. Come on, there was so enough room on that door for both of them.

Name 3 things on your bucket list: Backpacking through Europe, seeing Bon Iver in concert and reading the whole Game of Thrones series.

Who are your creative heroes? Donald Glover, JK Rowling, and Peggy Olson

Favorite quote? “Nevertheless, she persisted”

What do you enjoy most when you’re not working? Seeing friends and family, especially if eating food is involved. Also, running with a good podcast in to work off said food.

Go-to karaoke song? I only like Taylor Swift songs a couple of drinks in, so therefore, anything by Taylor Swift.

Favorite curse word? It rhymes with hit and works in just about any situation.

McCanners of MPLS | Jackie Grandstrand

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 

How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? I have been at McCann for 10 years. We were called “MRM Worldwide” when I started. I am a project manager.

What is the fanciest thing you’ve ever done? I rented a designer gown and went to a masquerade ball, mask and all.

What are you currently obsessed with? Orange Theory Fitness and Pure Barre

Iced coffee or hot coffee? From where? Iced. Caribou.

What was the weirdest Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? In third grade, I thought it would be cool to dress as Rambo (I had an older brother). I got decked out in camo and even matching face paint and then cried of embarrassment at school when people asked why I made that decision.

What would be your last meal? Pasta. With a side of pizza. And warm apple crisp with ice cream for dessert.

Who is the most glamourous person you have ever met? Sir Paul McCartney – I got to watch his sound check at Xcel and then he came down and met a few of us.

Which talent would you most like to have? An amazing voice. I love singing, but I’m best as a choir singer.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising my two kids. (But it’s not over yet!)

Favorite restaurant in MPLS? Broder’s Pasta Bar, hands down. Pasta all day.

What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured? I first threw out my back just by crouching down to hug my toddler – couldn’t stand up, and couldn’t walk properly for days.

McCanners of MPLS | Duke Borgerding

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 

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How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? I’ve been here for over 3 years, this time…plus a year right out of college. I’m an Associate Media Director working on strategy development for Johnsonville and Miracle-Ear.

Have you ever cut your own hair? All the time ;)

Favorite go-to drink? Umm… I have three staples. Water, Diet Pepsi, and Grain Belt… not necessarily in that order. 

Best date spot in MPLS? I have three kids, so I’m probably the worst person to seek dating locales from. Maybe Minnehaha Falls with dinner at Sea Salt

What movie makes you cry/laugh? Anything classic Will Ferrell 

Name 3 things on your bucket list: Go back to Australia, start my own brewery, and finish building a custom motorcycle/hot rod

Who are your creative heroes? Ikea… anyone that can figure out how to get a whole living room into a cardboard box that fits in a hatchback is pretty creative in my book.

Favorite quote? “Where ever you go, there you are” …total dad joke!

What do you enjoy most when you’re not working? Spending time with my wife and kids

Go-to karaoke song? Used to be The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks

Favorite curse word? Let’s just say it’s a four letter word