Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am part of the Local Search team and serve as the Google Analytics admin for the Look & Feel products at Dirxion. I work remotely from Asheville, North Carolina, which means I have a very short commute and don’t always have to put on shoes to go to work! I’ve been married almost 6 years to my husband AJ and we have 2 cats, Buster and Bella. We moved to Asheville from Houston, TX, about a year ago so I’m still getting used to living in a much smaller city, but I’m enjoying the fact that we actually have all 4 seasons here and I like the emphasis in this area on everything local from food and art to biodiesel in the furnace.

How did you get started in Local Search at Dirxion?
I had been a customer of various local search services throughout my career on the print side of yellow page directory publishing so I was very familiar with the product and local search customers. I had an opportunity to transition from print directory publishing to local search in 2010 and I was excited to make the move. I joined the Local Search team at Dirxion in 2012 as part of the ImmersiFind acquisition.

What do you love most about working at Dirxion?
Since I don’t work in the office with everyone, I have a different view of what it means to work ‘at Dirxion’. I like the company’s focus on family, health and happiness; and I am grateful for the opportunity to work for Dirxion from home. I’ve really been enjoying helping out in Marketing with the blogs and social media posts for Sciddy during the 35 hour week trial—that has been my favorite thing recently.

What keeps you up at night?
Not much, but when I can’t sleep it is usually because I can’t stop thinking! Sometimes it is about work and sometimes I get too excited about something fun I am planning.

We try to stay active and fit here at Dirxion, what is your favorite workout to relieve stress?
I like to go to the gym, and I usually go at least 3 days a week. I also like to ride my bike and go hiking. AJ and I also do a lot of what I call urban hiking around town. We try to walk everywhere we can, especially when we go to events downtown because it is only about 1 mile away and that way we don’t have to hassle with parking.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to cook and try new recipes. I’m obsessed with Twitter at the moment and there is always something going on in Asheville so I’m always looking for ideas. I enjoy going to art galleries, live music shows, new restaurants and local events. I also like to go camping and kayaking.

What are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m looking forward to seeing all the leaves change color from the beginning of the season. We moved here at the end of September last year so I didn’t get to see the whole process. I’m also looking forward to seeing Owlbert again. Our neighbor has an owl box in their backyard which butts up to ours, and there is a screech owl that lives in the box during the fall and winter. We named him Owlbert!

Anything else you’d like to add
I’m very sentimental and cry during sappy commercials. I drink espresso instead of coffee with my breakfast so don’t be surprised to find me extra alert in the mornings!

Ruth and AJ volunteering

Written by Julia Pinski