Shawna Samuelson

Senior Producer (aka Fabricante De Pinata Amateur)

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Shawna Samuelson

Client Focus: Smooth Operator


As senior producer, Shawna's job is to work with the client, orchestrate a network of resources, and deliver the project on time and on budget. She guides Fortune 50 clients such as Hewlett-Packard at the same time she’s helping a scrappy startup like MealTicket. Positive, professional, and a bona-fide people person, Shawna knows how to earn clients’ trust—not just because of who she is, but also because she flat-out gets it done.

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What was the first concert you ever attended?

The internet is a judgement-free zone, right? Embarrassingly enough, the first concert I chose on my own accord was O Town (the reality TV boy band known for hits like ‘Liquid Dreams’ and ‘All or Nothing’). They were playing at the Oregon State Fair. I was in high school and really should have had better taste by then.

What would you eat for your final meal?

Fried chicken. It’s finger-lickin’ good.

What do you like about working at Oliver Russell?

I enjoy working to support organizations and causes that are making a difference in our world, working for an employer who cares about me as a person, and being surrounded by people who make the workday enjoyable.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a marine mammologist—which is what happens when you grow up on the Oregon Coast and work at the aquarium. I only had to witness one whale autopsy to realize I needed a plan B. Working at Oliver Russell allows a person to (generally) avoid dead animals.

Favorite breakfast food?

I think any of my coworkers can answer this question…I am a creature of habit. I have two packets of instant oatmeal for breakfast. Every. Single. Morning.

Change can be hard. How do you make it easier?

I like being comfortable as much as the next person—but sometimes you need a kick in the pants to keep progressing. I try to look at change as a necessary evil that (when embraced) can make great, unexpected things happen in your life.

List 3 of your favorite books.

With a three year old at home, we are currently enjoying picture books. Some of our favs include:

  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
  • Wendell the Narwhal by Emily Dove
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Do you have pets?

We are stewards to one persnickety cat named Ruby and four amusing chickens (that we no longer name because of the high turnover rate).

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