Meet Heather – Employee Spotlight
Name: Heather Lisser
Position: Managing editor
Where do you live? Monroe
How long have you worked for Colony Brands? 12 years
Tell us about your job – what’s the best part? I started out as a writer and then transitioned to editing team lead and a sort of go-to person between the catalog and web worlds. My job has continued to evolve from there, but the most rewarding part for me is helping people find answers to their questions and ways to make their work lives easier.
Have you had a mentor here at CB? If so, who? Boy, it’s hard for me to say there’s a particular individual who has mentored me. I’ve learned so much from so many people, including (get ready for the Academy-Award-thank-you list) Chris Rogers, for seeing my potential and supporting me; the entire Seventh Avenue team for helping me transition from journalist to catalog writer; Michelle Jackson and Kaci Nall, who spent hours of their time teaching me how to navigate the web world; Todd Valeria, who saw in me my love of problem solving and project management and put me in a place to do more of that, and most especially, my supervisor Andrea Stephenson, who has given me opportunities to shine, helped me problem solve, genuinely cared about my success and been a huge encouragement during my time here.
Before working at Colony Brands, what was the most unusual job you’ve had? When I was 14, I worked as a waitress in a dance hall (polkas, waltzes, etc.), where I served soft drinks to some of the sweetest older people and occassionally got pulled out on the dance floor by the gentlemen when their partners claimed they needed a break. I’m pretty sure it was more likely the ladies thought their husbands (and I) would get a kick out of taking a turn on the dance floor together. It was Norman Rockwell-level sweet.
What would you tell a friend who’s interested in working here at CB? Don’t fall victim to the delicious butter toffee! (And what are you waiting for??? Colony Brands is filled with people who truly care about the customers, each other and the company’s core values.)
What inspires you? I didn’t know, so I took a quick a quiz, and it said nature inspires me. I would say that’s true, but what drives me is helping others.
What piece of technology could you not live without? I would like to answer “nothing” because I think people are too hooked on technology, but my mornings wouldn’t be complete without the daily quiz, news, weather, an audiobook and/or music via Amazon Alexa.
How would your friends describe you? Funny, energetic and smart (I hope).
What is on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list, but my general goals are to hike and travel more (maybe even at the same time).
You were our top Volunteer for the 2018/2019 year with 150+ logged hours of volunteer time. Tell us more about that! One of the big reasons I volunteer is because I know that I have been blessed to be born in a place of great advantage. I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to get my next meal, how to keep my family safe, where to get clean drinking water or other issues that are daily worries for those in other parts of the world. And it’s my personal conviction to never take that gift for granted but instead look for ways to help others who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a place with limited options and opportunities. Locally, I volunteer with youth organizations and on the Green County Humane Society board, but there are so many other ways to give back. I know there are many others throughout our organization who also give of their time, and I would encourage them to fill out their quarterly volunteer forms so we can see the amazing impact Colony Brands employees make every year. I’m grateful to work at a company that sees value in this work.
Siblings? 2 brothers—I’m the middle child.
Kids? A son, Jaden, 24.
Hometown? Hollandale, Wis. It was my dream when I was in high school to someday live in New York City. Monroe got me 31 miles closer to NYC than my hometown, but that’s not saying much.
College? University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Biggest pet peeve? The bypass construction project here in Monroe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been bamboozled by exit closures.
Favorite TV show? Don’t judge me…I think I’ve only missed one season of “Survivor”. I’m even in a “Survivor” pool with friends and relatives where we are randomly assigned a player, and if they become the sole survivor, we also win. My player, Jamal, has already been voted out this season.
Last book you read? “Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See.