Meet Jonathan Chicka

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Where are you from?

Superior, WI

Tell us a little bit about you.

I am a recent graduate of NDSU with a degree in Marketing, I love to travel and am always looking for my next adventure or place to explore. I am a huge Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Pokemon fan and my room is covered with collectables from those series. I also love to do photography whenever I get the chance, especially when I'm traveling.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Ryan Reynolds because no one would capture my essence better.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Play different video games and trading card games or grabbing a drink at one of the local breweries with some friends.

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

I have been to over 100 national parks with plenty more to go!

What part of your position provides the most value?

We are increasingly doing more and more things online and because of that being digitally literate is so crucial, but for some people that can be a real challenge. I'm here to help bridge that gap and provide people with digital solutions for their marketing needs.

Tell us about your experience.

In addition to just graduating with a marketing degree I have had various marketing jobs, most recently of which was at Codelation where I was a Digital Marketing Specialist working on online marketing projects such as social media content creation and blog writing.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

Getting to work directly with local businesses helps me feel really connected to our local community and makes me feel like I am making a difference in the businesses and with the people I love.

Why does our community matter to you?

The people here are outstanding, they welcomed me in four years ago when I started at NDSU and have been so accepting and supportive ever since. Between the startup community and the people I have met through things while I was in school, I know this is the place that I want to be.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

My biggest goal is to be able to lead a team of people who are all focused on the digital space and help Spotlight grow our digital marketing offerings and abilities. Also to make new connections with people in our community and be able to help local businesses with their digital marketing needs.