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Over 270 Volusioneers make up the team behind our ecommerce platform. That’s a large number, which makes it hard to put a face on – but with our Employee Spotlight series, we’re giving it a go. Each post in the series will highight individual Volusioneers. We’ll learn more about their lives – both professional and personal – and get a glimpse into what gets them going. We recently sat down with Senior Search Marketing Specialist Adam Kirsch, here’s what he had to say!

What do you do here at Volusion?

My official title is ‘Senior Search Marketing Specialist’ and I work in our marketing services department on the paid search team. My focus is on shopping feed ads, so my job is centered around helping Volusion merchants advertise their products on Google (soft sell here, but we’re currently running a promo on our paid search services you should check out). I also spend some time co-managing our company blog, and I’ve been known to host a webinar from time to time as well. vblog_kirschspotlight2

Behind the scenes look at a webinar recording

How did you get into the field?

Very randomly! I did not come from a marketing background at all. I graduated with a graphic design degree, but quickly found out that it was not the career path I wanted to take, so I was lost for a little bit. I changed jobs a few times. I worked for a wholesale drapery supply company (fun fact: there is a prominent curtain rod and drapery accessory company called Kirsch), I worked at a restaurant for a little bit, I worked for the Texas Legislative Council (that sounds fancy, but trust me, it was not a glamourous job), and I worked at an electronics store. I even went through an alternative teaching program and became certified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade art.

Nothing really stuck. Then I heard of a friend of a friend who was creating his own startup digital ad agency, and I figured I would give it a shot. I worked with him for six months or so before I landed my job at Volusion, where I’ve been for the last four and a half years.

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Not pictured: blue jeans and bright blue Chuck Taylor All-Stars

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

A big part of my job is compiling, formatting and transmitting data from one software to another. 99% of the time things go smoothly, but when there’s a problem, solving the puzzle of why the thing isn’t working correctly can get a little tricky.

What are you most proud of in your career? What about outside of your career?

I came into the industry knowing basically nothing, so it’s very cool to think about how far I’ve come along and all the things I have learned. I’m proud of myself for lasting this long! As for outside of my professional life, I take pride in the relationships I’ve made with people. I have some very amazing lifelong friends, and the absolute coolest wife. And we’re expecting our first child in early 2017! I guess I'm proud of that. kirsch_spotlight1

What do you love most about Volusion?

The people, easily. My team is filled with sharp, funny, amazing folks. Some of them are among my best friends. Coming to work is easy when you like your coworkers as much as I do.

What’s the first thing you do when you get off work?

Absolute first thing is playing with my dog, Moose. He’s always down for a game of fetch, and insists that’s what I do when I come home. Then I normally start cooking dinner and listen to a podcast.

What do you like to do in your spare time?/ What are your hobbies?

When the weather is nice, I really like to go hiking when I can. On an average day, I like to cook, play video games and board games, and watch baseball. I’m trying to get myself to start drawing again, it’s been a long time. And I live in Austin, so I'm obliged to say that I love craft beer.

Where are you going on your next vacation?

Not sure! The wife and I took our big trip this year and went to Iceland. Haven’t really thought of where we’ll go next, but we like for our trips to be either a large US city (preferably one with a baseball team, so I can catch a game), somewhere off the grid, or somewhere out of the country. vblog_kirschspotlight3

Iceland 2016

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

When I was talking about my job history, I forgot to mention that I randomly decided to quit my job in Houston (at the drapery place) and move to Austin, with no job lined up, and with no idea what I was going to do. I would not advise anyone to do that, unless you like paying off debt.

If you could open an online store, what would you sell?

Probably Magic the Gathering cards, because I am a huge nerd. And then I could keep some of the inventory for myself! Moose has a soft spot for novelty wooden surfboards, it seems. g14a9933