The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. At Deutsch, we have ten people who share the office with a relative. Hear from five duos about what it’s like to call a family member your coworker.
KATE DEMALLIE, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE & AMY DEMALLIE, MEDIA PLANNER
Amy: While we don’t cross paths very much during the day, we’re both members of Deutsch Good (the agency’s philanthropic group) and One Deutsch (our LGBTQ group). One funny moment we’ve had working together was when Kate’s clients hugged me before I could stop them and introduce myself. They continued to have a conversation with me as if I were Kate. It was a classic case of mistaken identity.
Kate: Before I moved over to the account management/client services side of agency life, we had a lot of fun working together on new business pitches!
SANDI SEPULVEDA, SENIOR PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER & LINDSAY SEPULVEDA, ASSISTANT PRINT PRODUCER
Sandi: I think we work great together because we have a similar work ethic. Also, we complement each other- I bring an “old school” mentality while she brings a “new school” mentality.
Lindsay: One funny moment at Deutsch: My mom doesn’t like me to call her “mom” at work. One day I shouted “mom” down the hallway and she turned around saying, “Here I am Ms. Sepulveda. Not mom!”
CASSIE PAPPAS, ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE & ALEX PAPPAS, JUNIOR DIGITAL STRATEGIST
Alex: I started working in the finance department about three years ago and then made the switch over to digital strategy. Cassie was always interested in marketing since she majored in Communications at Penn. I told her a lot about my agency experience working at Deutsch, which kind of led her in the direction of account management.One funny moment at Deutsch was when I was near Cassie’s desk and somebody that passed by noticed that we had the same last name. She asked me, “Oh! Have you and your wife worked at other agencies together, as well?” Mostly just blank stares from us before we corrected her…LOL.
Cassie: When I started at Deutsch, it was helpful knowing that I had my brother just down the aisle from me to answer any of my questions. At first, I was worried people would call me “Little Pappas,” but then I realized there are so many people working at this agency that most don’t even realize we’re siblings!
JIM BRATTIN, ASSOCIATE INTEGRATED PRODUCER & MEGHAN CIFFONE, ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR
Meghan: When I started working at Deutsch in 2012, Jim was working in Chicago and he wanted to break into the ad industry. The experiential team had an opening and he was a great fit for the role, and so our sibling-turned-coworker relationship began.
Jim: Something funny that’s happened with us at Deutsch was when I jumped on stage to help our boss sing karaoke to Whitney Houston’s “I Feel Love.” I started interpretive dancing in front of the entire Deutsch Account Management department, and with jaws dropped, all my coworkers turned to Meghan for a reaction. Unfortunately for my sister, you can’t keep me off the stage at a karaoke bar.
CARIE BONILLO, DIRECTOR OF BROADCAST TRAFFIC & CARLI BONILLO, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Carli: I learned a lot about the industry from my mom and after interning at a production company, I realized that sound editing was what I wanted to do. Mom introduced me to the right folks at Deutsch, so I interned here last summer and now I’m working as an assistant editor!
Carie: We haven’t really had any awkward moments at work, but we do get each other’s agency emails a lot since both of our names start with “Car.”