We’re excited to be interviewing our Paid Media Team lead, Brian Penner today! Brian is an integral part of our team, and is always available to lend an ear, book recommendation, or his puppy, Baci, for a quick snuggle. Learn more about him in our interview here!

Where did you go to school?

University of Oregon (2009-2014)

What did you major in?

Human Physiology

Where are you from?

Ashland, Oregon

Favorite PDX spot?  

The Alphabet District

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play Ultimate, raise my new puppy, and go wine tasting.

Favorite podcast (or other fun media org if you don’t have a show in particular)?

Pod Save America

Bucket list item.

Build and live in a tiny house on a decent sized plot of land!

What’s your passion project?

my work!

Why did you pick Mad Fish?

At the time, it was a dream of mine to start an agency of my own, so who better to learn from than an amazing couple who’ve already done it.

Favorite genre of music to work to/link to your favorite Spotify playlist to listen to at work?

Man and puppy selfie

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists.

Fun fact about yourself.  

While playing ultimate for the club team at Oregon, I picked up a nickname of Mystery Toes for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Whenever anyone would ask why I had that nickname, I couldn’t help but have fun with it and lead them on that I actually had 6 toes on each foot.

What do you add to the team outside of work?

I love to learn the peculiarities of how our brains and minds work and are so easily tricked into irrational lines of thought.  Favorite books of mine on this topic include “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock, “The Art of Learning” by Josh Waitzkin, and “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.