Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Photos by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our three new team members and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Scott Cramer | Videography Intern

Scott Cramer Videography intern

“I grew up in Kindred, North Dakota. I attended Concordia College for two years, then transferred to the Minnesota State University of Moorhead and changed my major from marketing to advertising. I’ve worked in the food industry, carpentry, engineering and television over the past few years.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to the lake, going to concerts and I occasionally make videos for YouTube.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is ‘Unwind’ and my favorite movie—though I have many—is either The ‘Prestige,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ or any Marvel movie.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I’ve been featured on Jimmy Fallon twice!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My sister used to work here and I’ve heard nothing but good things throughout the community about this company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Continuing to learn about video production and getting a chance to produce content more often than I used to.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Photographer Paul Flessland. He gets to spend a lot of time outside of the office and he always looks like he’s having a good time.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I’d like to say Dave Franco, but I think I have too much of a baby face for that and he’s like 30 years old now—I know, who would have thought. I’d be cool with Cole Sprouse giving it a shot.”

Pam Mjoness | Sales Administrative Assistant

Pam Mjoness

“I am born and raised in Moorhead. I worked with my husband launching our small business for the last 3 years. Prior to that, I was a 911 dispatcher for 10 years. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead double majoring in criminal justice and Spanish. My youngest daughter is also fluent in Spanish so we do have conversations between us so our family can’t understand.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“All 4 of my children have either played or are currently playing hockey. We are a year round hockey family with tennis and softball sprinkled in. When I’m not freezing at some hockey rink, I enjoy our backyard pool and knitting newborn hats that I donate to Essentia Health Birthing Center.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book is actually my favorite author, Jennifer Weiner. I love her down-to-earth writing style. Favorite movie of all time is ‘Marley & Me.’ I still cry when watching it.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I have 13 tattoos and 4 piercings. Not all are visible. As my mom would say, I ‘look normal’ from the outside.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Having been in the sales industry for the past 3 years, what originally drew me to Spotlight was the additional networking I could do and also bring my experiences to the table. I knew a little bit about how the company was started and how it has grown right here in Fargo.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Learning new things and really challenging myself to take initiative to drive home tasks that are not only given to me but created for me by me. I love to be inventive and try to come up with new strategies to work with. My brain is constantly moving at 100 mph.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I think everybody here at Spotlight has a heavy load. I would like to shadow Mike (Dragosavich) but not actually BE him. See what he goes through day to day. The stressors he has here trying to manage and run a very successful company and what he envisions for the future. I think he also has a brain that runs 100 mph.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Drew Barrymore. Now for you really young people, you will not get this but when I was younger, people would say I was a dead ringer for her in the movie ‘Savannah Smiles.’ We are both wives and mothers who try to balance family life and work life. Granted, I have more kids but she has a busier work schedule than I.”

Liz McLain | Office Manager

“I was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. I was able to be home with my now 6-month-old son, Eli, prior to working for Spotlight Media. Previously, I worked as a staffing consultant/recruiter for Express Employment Professionals for a little over a year. Prior to that, I was employed as an intake administrative specialist and allocations champion with Integreon Managed Solutions for three years, working closely with a labor relations company as well as with the shipping unions and corresponding employers. I obtained my associate degree in human resources from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. I was the student life officer for the on-campus Student Human Resources Organization and am a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. I am also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Society.”

Liz McLain

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Outside of my professional life, much of my time is taken up by my son, Eli. I am an avid reader! I created my own book club a little over a year ago with friends and passively participate in another book club if the book is of interest to me. I also enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I have even started to write a novel.

“I love music and enjoy attending live shows. I enjoy spending time outdoors at the lake, in the parks around the area, traveling to the many different State and National Parks. I thoroughly enjoy hiking and camping. I went on a month long road trip a few years ago where I visited 9 different states, a minimum of 10 different National Parks, hiked hundreds of miles, traveled almost 5,000 miles and slept in a tent at least 23 of the 27 nights.

“I enjoy watching football, hockey and motocross/supercross. I have dabbled in cosplay and have a knack for sewing. I have a large collection of board games and like to have friends over or go to friend houses to play them. I love Hayao Miyazaki films and even have a 1/2 sleeve tattoo in progress featuring most of his characters.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“It would be difficult to pin down my absolute favorite book. I thoroughly enjoy the ‘Harry Potter’ series and ‘Dream a Little Dream’ by Piers Anthony. My all time favorite movie is ‘The Last Unicorn.'”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“Something surprising? Depending on your personal outlook when learning things about someone, everything could be! I already mentioned my sewing skills but I also am skilled at cake/cookie decorating.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I was very excited when I saw there was an opportunity with Spotlight Media! I have known of the magazines and about the company for some time. I love that it is local and has so much potential! I also was in a photo in the December 2011 issue of FM Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“As Office Manager, I am looking forward to learning more about the ins and outs of this type of business. I am happy that I will have my skill set put to work and be able to better develop others as well as gain new ones.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Someone in the editorial staff! I do not know enough about all the ins and outs to get an accurate answer. However, I would enjoy assisting in obtaining stories and information for the magazine. It would be an added satisfaction seeing the hard work in the magazine ones it goes live online and the printed copies arrive in the office.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“The only name that comes to mind for an actress to play me is Blake Lively. I like most of the movies she has done and if I got to semi be involved with the movie, I may even meet her beau, Ryan Reynolds!”

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