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Mykel Pennington

Senior Executive Assistant
Customer Experience | Internal Support

How would you describe your role, purpose or the outcomes you drive?

My role is to anticipate needs and be prepared.  I help take care of day to day needs so that the company can focus on long term growth and initiatives.

How has your previous work experience prepared you for your role with Salo?

I have always found myself in roles where customer service was a priority, whether it was working at the airport as a gate or ticket agent, stage managing theatre productions or working with top executives at Target. Those roles allowed me to hone my skills of getting essential timely tasks completed in a friendly and composed manner. I’m doing my job well when the people I work with can move from meeting to meeting, being fully prepared and ready for the day.

How do you achieve business outcomes?

Setting priorities and crossing things off a list. I love working in an environment where there are high expectations. I rise to the level set for me: the higher the expectations, the better.

What impact did your upbringing have on the way you approach your work and life?

My grandmother had an incredible impact on me.  She was an educator and community activist and believed that collectively we have more power than alone.  She taught me to engage in my community, make connections and be true to myself. She lived her job and loved her job. I try to do that in my life.

How would your friends describe you?

The ultimate hostess.  I’m the party and activities planner. I’ve hosted a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with chosen family for the last ten years with a guest list of over 30 people.

List three interesting things about you, but only one of them needs be true.

My mother, father and I all share the same birthday. I have a theatre degree and have had several leads in productions. I’m an amateur filmmaker always looking for people with which to collaborate.  Want to make a movie with me? (Ok, they’re all true.)

What is your favorite thing about working at Salo?

The energy and commitment that everyone brings to their jobs every day, and that this company truly lives its core values.  I’ve never worked for a company whose values align and match so well with mine.