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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Amy Bernhardt

As an employee-owned agency, what moves one of us moves us all. So each month, we’re turning the spotlight on one of our many awesome owners to find out more about the unique personalities that shape GO2.

This month, Senior Production Artist Amy Bernhardt sheds some light on her love of lighthouses, fresh veggies, dystopian rebellions and more!

What are you most passionate about at work?

I love translating big ideas into workable, accessible components.

The large projects that have complicated technical requirements and moving pieces to bring together are often the most rewarding. There is a lot of problem solving and skill that goes into setting up a document that everyone can easily work with and in coordinating the smooth production of the finished product. People from different departments need to be able to contribute to the jobs I work on and they count on me to provide them the framework to do it. I am always trying to find ways to work smarter.

What are you most passionate about outside of work?

I have a passion for landscape photography, especially involving lighthouses. I love that they are a bit old-fashioned and a little romantic. They remind me of a time before GPS when sailing the seas meant depending on these beacons and their operators to guide you safely home. Also, since they are located on coastlines, lighthouse hunting is an amazing way to explore and photograph some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Gardening is big part of what I do outside of work. I have my pepper plants started already this year! It’s a great way to get fresh produce that tastes better than anything you can buy in the grocery store and it’s a fun challenge to see what I can grow successfully. Gardening is something I learned from my mom, so we like to try and grow new things together. Last year we did sweet potatoes, which may not be something you would usually think about growing in a northeastern Ohio garden, but they turned about great.

I really enjoy traveling and would love to have the opportunity to do it more. I end up traveling around the U.S. a lot to visit my siblings. I have a sister in Milwaukee, a brother who will soon be moving from California to New York and another brother in Boston. As long as they keep moving to interesting places, I’ll keep visiting! My recent vacation to Dublin, Ireland, has been my favorite trip so far. The people were so nice, the pub food was great and seeing a city that was founded over 1,000 years ago really helped me put our own history into perspective. They also have a much better cider culture than we do. There were so many hard ciders available everywhere; I actually didn’t see much fruit juice that wasn’t fermented.

What are some favorites you’d like to share?

TV show: The BBC’s Sherlock

Movies: The Hunt for Red October, A League of Their Own

I really appreciate shows and movies with clever dialogue. My family has a habit of conducting entire conversations in movie quotes and thankfully, Sherlock and The Hunt for Red October give me a lot of witty one-liners to work with.

Books: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter

Young Adult genre books are fun and work well on a lot of levels. The plots can be complex — dealing with issues you don’t get in mainstream bestsellers — while not taking themselves too seriously or being preachy. For example, The Hunger Games had some really interesting questions to ask about rebellions and what happens to the figurehead of a rebellion once it’s over. Though they may have an important message to deliver, good storytelling always comes first.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The first female professional baseball player (until I realized you needed hand/eye coordination to play baseball) or an astronaut.

What would you like to be famous for?

Landscape photography (particularly lighthouses) or writing novels.

What is something people might be surprised to know about you?

I am going to be running my first 5K at a Harry Potter-themed event in Kent this July.

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