We took a creative turn this month. We interviewed Mari, our Marketing and Design Manager!

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi Everyone! Well, I have been in the creative field for a little over ten years and six of them have been here at Dirxion! I am the Marketing and Design Manager and I’ve been in this role for about four years now and before this I was a graphic designer. Besides my love of typography, I’m also pretty obsessed with my husband, John, and my two kiddos, Annie (who is 3) and Auggie (who is 18 months – of trouble).

How did you get started in marketing/graphic design?
My father is a really talented architect and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps, that is until I realized you had to get thru two years of calculus to become an architect. Math was not my strong suit, but I really loved visualizing the big picture and drawing up concepts, so my dad told me to try graphic design, and well, here I am.

What do you love most about working at Dirxion?
At the past couple of jobs I held, thinking outside of the box was not really an option. Here at Dirxion, we are free and encouraged to be as creative as possible. If we get to far away from the box, we are reined back in a little, but it ends up being a good balance. Another good balance is the work/family life. Having two kids under the age of 3 can be a struggle sometimes, and having time off when I need to be home with them is a true blessing. It also helps that I work with some hilariously awesome people.

What keeps you up at night?
Do you mean besides the teething 18 month old child? Usually, my to-do list and brainstorming keep me up most nights. I have a pad of paper next to my bed so that when I have an idea or need to remember a task, I’ll write it down sometime in my sleep and have it for the next day.

We try to stay active and fit here at Dirxion, what is your favorite workout to relieve stress?
Two of my friends here at work and I just started a new TRX routine. There was not an ounce of stress in my body after we were finished. It was awesome. And of course, Dirxion volleyball is a must for laughs and a good time!

What do you like to do outside of work?
Spend as much time with my kids and husband as possible. That usually involves playing outside, taking walks with Bear (our dog), golfing and watching the occasional Pixar movie. Right now, Big Hero 6 is on repeat most of the time.

What are you looking forward to most this year?
Building more pages and design on our new website www.dirxion.com! It looks great so far thanks to Karen Wibbenmeyer, and adding pages and new features to it monthly is really going to build a robust site for our customers and prospects to enjoy. It’s going to be fun and fresh!

Anything else you’d like to add:
Sure! Right now I am in the running to be Woman of the Year for the Gateway (St. Louis) Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My team is raising funds for pediatric cancer research and we are already halfway to our goal of $33,000. It’s pretty awesome how people come together for a really important cause. If you want to read more about our mission, you can visit my page at http://www.mwoy.org/pages/gat/stlouis15/mbarringer Thanks for reading!


Written by Julia Pinski