Here we are for the second installment of our meet the staff series. For this entry we will focus on Stephanie Robinson. Enjoy the entry and as always, let me know if there are specific questions you would like to see answered in the future.
Job Title: Marketing Specialist
Where are you originally from/What do you consider your hometown: I’m originally from Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia (though I was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia). I spent most of my life in Saudi Arabia, living mostly in Abqaiq and Udhailiyah. RANDOM SIDE NOTE: No, my family was not in the military.
Tell us a little about your educational background: I came to the United States in 1994, and attended high school at Saint Mary’s Hall, a boarding school in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating in 1997, I went to college at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I majored in Marketing. I graduated in 2000 with a B.B.A in Marketing.
What sorts of hobbies do you enjoy or what do you do in your free time: I read a lot (2-3 novels a month)! In my free time I’m usually spending time with family and friends (and my dog Jefferson), shopping, or going to church.
How long have you worked at the museum: I started working at the Museum in February 2006.
What does your job entail: Publicizing the Museum of Aviation and Museum of Aviation Foundation events to the public. I maintain the museum website, Facebook page, write press releases, and design (or assist in designing) printed marketing materials such as ads, posters, etc. I also assist the Director of Marketing in all other Museum of Aviation marketing efforts, and assist with photography for various events throughout the year. My job in a nutshell is to make sure the public knows about the Museum of Aviation.
If you were not working here at the museum, what kind of job would you like to have: I’d be a Talk Show Host. I think that I could give Oprah a run for her money!
How does being a museum employee change your experience when you visit other museums? I have a greater appreciation for exhibits, and museum’s as a whole, because I know how much work goes on behind the scenes. When I visit other museums, I spend more time looking a how they put their exhibits together, and what kinds of marketing/graphics materials they use to promote themselves. I also make sure that I talk to staff members, and let them know that I appreciate their work.
What is your favorite aircraft or exhibit at the museum and why: Before working at the museum, the only thing that I knew about aircraft is that they got me from point A to point B! But I now have a greater appreciation for ALL aircraft, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I pretty much like any aircraft that has Nose Art, because to me, it gives the aircraft a more personal touch and there is always a great story behind it.
At her request, here are a few “Stephanie specific” questions and their respective answers:
What is your favorite color: My favorite color is Gold, but if someone asked me in person, I would say Purple. (don’t ask why, I’m kinda quirky like that)
What is your favorite tv show: Law & Order
What animal would you be and why: I’d be a Giraffe. I’m a tall person, and feel like I should be a tall animal. Plus, giraffe’s seem to get along with most of the other animals in the wild….they’re not constantly running for their lives like gazelles are.
What is your favorite food or place to eat: I LOVE Asian food, so any place that serves it is my favorite!
Thanks for reading and if you see Stephanie around the Museum make sure to let her know what your favorite color and foods are!