MEET THE TEAM
While her title might insinuate a strong sales drive, Amanda's most passionate part of her role at WHP is her strong and long-lasting client relationships. She is a lover of all things pink but don't let that fool you... her competitive and organized nature really gets things done! While she loves a good promo pen, her heart belongs to a three-year old named Ascher!
Janelle, our own personal cheese/candy connoisseur and animal lover, is devoted to ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently throughout all departments. Her love of efficiency, promotional marketing, and making clients happy compels her to be amazing at her job. In her free time, you can find her taking her son and puppies on all sorts of adventures.
Ever the adventurous spirit, Erin loves to travel and explore new places, but also enjoys the local beauty and laid back vibe of Gainesville. A natural people person and problem solver, she is constantly trying to find the humor in things and brighten everyone's day. She was given the superlative Most Inquisitive in preschool which has carried on to annoy her friends in her adult life and translated into a wealth of useless trivia knowledge.
A recovering English major, Stephany is best described with words like: planner; overachiever; perfectionist. She's crazy familiar of our database of items and her attention to detail helps her seek out unique solutions for the varying needs of her clients. With a "clients first" mentality, she's at her best when guiding clients through this crazy promo world and ensuring they're happy with the final outcome: their items! Outside of work, she's an avid reader, runner and traveler with more hobbies than she has time to keep up with.
Samantha is a proud alumna of the University of Florida. As such, she bleeds orange and blue (literally) and takes her love of Gator athletics very, very seriously. She is thrilled to work for WHP, where she can be close to The Swamp and working with clients across the country who are open to creative approaches for their promotional item needs.
Rachel — born and raised in Las Vegas but slowly discovering her love of the beach — is here to help her clients fulfill all of their marketing and promotional needs. During lunch, you will find her powering away at her newest endeavors, from preparing lectures for a local community college to cross-stitching. When not in the office, Rachel can be found relaxing at home with her husband and two small, adorable, yet spirited kids. Wonder where they get that from...
Courtney, full-time cat mom and part-time dog enthusiast, is our web store guru and keeper of spreadsheets. She loves the zen of data entry, the joy of 'building a better mousetrap', and the satisfaction of helping a client get exactly what they want. In her free time, you'll find her impersonating a grandmother by filling out crosswords, doing needlepoint, knitting, and reading craft magazines. But like a cool grandmother, who collects bugs and will fight you about Star Trek.
Tara’s background is in the crazy world of retail. Going out of her way to ensure every clients' needs are met is second nature to her. Having lived in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, she is very good at adapting to change. She unwinds by going on adventures outdoors, trying new restaurants, and snuggling with her two cats to watch HBO.
Karen is our Purchasing Director and go-to person for all questions and issues related to quoting, ordering, and shipping. She is truly the wizard behind the curtain in our WHP office with her strong and gentle manner. When Karen is not snuggling with her BUGG (Boston Terrier Pug Mix), she can be found recharging her energy by skiing, swimming, reading, and napping.
Alyssia is an animal lover who enjoys spending time with her husband and friends when she is not working. She is our resident fashionista and always the first to offer assistance to anyone on the WHP team. Alyssia is well known amongst her family and friends for her culinary skills. She is also an identical twin so, yes, you are seeing double if you ever run into Alyssia and her sister!
Ashley is a UF graduate with a major in English and a minor in Mass Communications. She's one of the newest members of the WHP family and loves learning about the company. She loves all animals (especially her pup, Arch), black and white photography, music, and reading. She has quite the collection of books and vinyls. One day she hopes to have a house with her own personal library similar to the one Belle has in Beauty and the Beast.
Sam is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys cooking, traveling, and scuba diving when she is not at WHP. She is a NYC transplant who moved to Florida five years ago to be near her beloved fresh water caves. An avid cave diver, she spends many therapeutic hours floating among the beautiful formations in our underwater caves. In addition to diving the Florida, Mexico, and Bahamas caves, she also enjoys wreck, reef, and kelp diving locally and around the world. During her free time, Sam spoils all the nieces, nephews, and fur babies in her life.
A semi-professional musician from Boston, Alex moved to Gainesville on a whim and never left. He enjoys learning from and adapting to new situations, and finding new and exciting ways to apply his skills to the task at hand. He’s something of a pop culture junkie and repository for useless information. If you need to know something about rock & roll, science fiction or horror movies he’s got you covered. He’s also a devoted husband and father, making sure his son grows up knowing all the IMPORTANT things (like who blew up the second Death Star).
Jane moved from Sarasota to Gainesville, Florida, to get her degree from UF's School of Art + Art History and wound up staying because she liked the town's personality. Now she is an Art Director (which is like an air traffic controller for incoming design projects) and Graphic Designer (which is like a psychic, cat-juggling unicyclist) for What's Happening Promotions. Her favorite thing to do is create brochures with quirky personalities and unusual color combinations, but she also swings a mean illustrator pen tool.
Nicknamed “Brittannica” at her last workplace, Brittany is known for her love of well-organized information, where to get it, and how to get it fast. This attention to detail serves her well when designing for clients, where she takes all colors, sizes, fonts and placements into consideration. Outside of work, she enjoys video games, playing with her cats, channeling her inner panda and lots of Cherry Coca Cola.
We’re truly international here at WHP with our longest serving designer living and working across the pond in the UK. Daniel is a design wizard and knows print like the back of his hand. When he’s not working his magic in the studio he can be found mountain biking in the English hillsides or making his kids laugh.
Equal parts eccentric perfectionist and inspired free spirit, Michael approaches design as a chance to help clients cure their visual ailments. As a former Gator and NCAA Track & Field Athlete, he knows a little bit about hard work, channeling his relentless passion for success into every design. In his free time, you can find him at home fiddling with a new design program or on the track coaching the next generation of little Usain Bolts.
Arriving in 2010, Alyssa is a Florida transplant from Massachusetts. Loving the southern heat, she refuses to go back to cold weather. In her “spare time” you can NEVER find her… always off on some kind of adventure! Although she is dedicated to her co-ed soccer league, she is always off on a fishing quest, lake day, beach getaway, or a random road trip. This girl is always on the go! Why Gainesville? Alyssa followed her passion for the arts to Santa Fe College here in Gainesville, where a Degree in Digital Media Technology, specializing in Graphic Design awaited her. This passion is what ultimately makes her genuinely look forward to every single Monday Morning here at WHP!
With a passion for all things related to Art and Dogs, Taylor has devoted all of her time to creating traditional and digital art. From a young age she had an affinity for drawing and hasn’t put her pencils done since. After graduating High School, she packed up her pencils and bags and followed her passion into a career as a Graphic Designer. When she’s not creating social media content at the office, you can usually find Taylor spending time with her fiancé and their fluff ball of a husky, Nymeria.
A home grown country girl with a love for God, family and friends, Lynsey is happily married to John (8yrs) and the mommy to a precious, almost 4 year old little girl with a baby sister on the way. She is blessed beyond measure. She strives for hard work, loyalty and integrity each and every day, both at home and with her WHP family. Like the rest of the WHP team, she believes our clients deserve the best. She'll work around the clock to ensure the books are up to date and accurate, while also making sure billing is processed in a timely manner for our amazing clients.
Marissa was born and raised in Lakeland, Fl (in between Tampa and Orlando). Being that she is Italian, she has a strong love for pizza and tiramisu. She enjoys going to the beach to keep up her tan and loves everything palm trees. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, shopping, and exploring Gainesville with her roommates. She decided to move away from her family and two dogs (Rosie & Snickers), to move to Gainesville with her best friend about a year ago. She currently attends Santa Fe and is enrolled in the medical coding/billing program.
Morgan is a native Floridian who has lived in Tallahassee, Ft. Myers, Miami, and now Gainesville, which is somewhat ironic considering she is a die-hard Florida State Seminole fan. She is a passionate dog lover who plans to add a fur baby to her home very soon. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the nearest beach or one of the many local springs. Her attention to detail and dedication to first rate customer service fit right in with the Accounting Team. When she's not working, you can often find her playing the 'handy-woman' around the house, as she learned a great deal by helping to build her family home.
Naomi, also known as MC Nomes, is a UF Honors graduate with degrees in English, History, and Creative Writing. She contributes her skills in various arts– from dancing with fire props to live art painting to being a professional casino dealer– to both her naturally performative nature and her lifelong decision to consciously and continuously overcome the fear of failure. She values creativity and connection as the cornerstones of happiness and is grateful to apply her ability to wear many hats to her new role as Project Manager of College Rentals.
A dog mom with a love of the written word, Emma has a knack for content that fills College Rentals. Her energy and creativity help her to manage the College Rentals internship program and social media. When she’s not at work she can be found hiking with her dog, exploring a state park or nose deep in a good book.
Sara is a double Gator, having an undergraduate degree from UF and having been admitted to UF Law for her JD. She is very passionate about her work, no matter the task, and makes service a priority. She loves the outdoors and being on the water in her spare time. Sara is very close with her family, and spends much of her free time hanging out with them.