Michael Tragash is an energetic project management intern with a strong willingness to learn and grow. He has had his eye on the agency for years, and we are happy to call him a Noblebot. We recently sat down with Michael to learn more about his adventures in and outside of the office.
I’m a Noblebot in training. As an intern, I help the project managers (Somer, Crystal and Jodie) keep the rest of the team informed and educated about the scope, expectations, scheduling and budget for a project.
When did you join Noble Studios?
October 17, 2012
What led you to Noble Studios?
I’ve always admired Noble Studios - their work, employees, leadership, and culture. Three years ago, I joined the NCET board of directors. That’s where I met Jarrod and started the dialogue about how I might fit into the company. Over the years, I watched Noble grow and evolve. I kept the conversation going with Noble, and my patience and persistence were rewarded with a great internship, which I hope is the beginning of a long career at Noble.
How did you become interested in the industry?
I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in marketing in 2005 (GO GATORS!), just as blogs, social media, and digital marketing really started to take off. My career started in account management in a traditional marketing and advertising agency. My first employer, Stan Harris, taught me that effective marketing delivers impact and leaves the consumer with an experience they want to share with as many other people as possible. Recognizing the potential impact digital marketing could deliver, and the growing activity and usage in the online space, I knew I wanted to dream big and develop elaborate interactive Web centric campaigns for clients and new business pitches.
What are some other aspects of your job you most enjoy?
I really enjoy the vibe in the office and people I work with. There’s a strong undercurrent of teamwork that is omnipresent and incredibly motivating. The team members are all so different, yet they have an amazing amount of respect for each other.
What’s your favorite local restaurant to have lunch?
Food is a passion of mine so this is a tough question. It really depends on what I’m in the mood for. I’ve developed an obsession with Pho 777. They have some traditional Vietnamese menu items that I haven’t experienced elsewhere, and their food has more of an ethnic flavor.
I also recently tried 101 Taiwanese, who has brought a new cuisine to Reno. Their menu is unique and everything I’ve tried is delicious.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I’m a foodie. I love cooking and experiencing the foodie culture. Food unites people, and in my opinion, is the best way to get a sense for another culture. I love to try new food and cuisines from around the world, and share those experiences with friends and family.
I also enjoy rock climbing (indoor and outdoor) and duck hunting.
What’s your favorite place to sit back and relax or vacation?
When I hit Card Sound Road in the Florida Keys my blood pressure instantly drops. Islamorada and Marathon are two of my favorite Keys. It’s a small community with local dives and eats, lots of fishing, and an awesome laid back atmosphere.
Interesting factoid about you…
I’m a reptile fanatic. I don’t currently own any due to space, but prior to leaving Florida I had a collection of more than 30 animals including exotic venomous and non-venomous snakes from North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Asia.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I can’t stand when someone is unwilling to learn, try something new or push their boundaries a little bit.
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