Employee of The Quarter Spotlight: Tyler Gilbert
February 11, 2019
We’re already in the second month of 2019 but we aren’t done celebrating 2018 accomplishments. We’ve just named our most recent recipient for the Q4 2018 Ken Deggs Employee of the Quarter, Tyler Gilbert, Manager, Political Operations and Media Strategy. Working in our Political Operations and Media Strategy team for nearly three years, Tyler continues to perform critical work on behalf of our clients, managing strategic political and media efforts at the local, state, and national level that contribute to the overall success of these campaigns.
Check out our interview and learn a little bit more about our newest honoree below!
How would you describe your day-to-day at DDC?
First thing that I like to do is look at what meetings or calls I may have throughout the day and begin to plan around that. I like to group day-to-day work based on the clients that I work on and prioritize based on need. I typically make a list of what needs to be done and take other issues in stride as they arise all while continuing to strategically think about what is next from a planning standpoint.
You are part of the Political Operations and Media Strategy team here at DDC. How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t know and what would you say is the most important skill needed to excel?
This is always a difficult question to answer for those that do not work within the industry. Typically, I say that we work on issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national levels to help guide our clients through regulatory, legislative, public opinion debates, etc. Often, that is met with “so you are a lobbyist” which leads to a more in-depth conversation as to how that is not what we do.
On a Sunday afternoon, where would we find you?
September – February you will find me on my couch watching football. The rest of the year, hopefully I am on a golf course.
What advice would you give someone just starting in public affairs?
Take advantage of the opportunities that you have in front of you. I often think those coming to D.C. to work in this industry/politics have a distorted view of what it is like. Just like any other profession, you have to start somewhere and making sure you have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things will always benefit you in the end.
What’s the last fun fact you learned?
The Nile Crocodile can hold its breath under water for up to 2 hours while waiting for its prey.
I’m secretly very good at?
What is the most challenging part of working with the media industry?
Keeping your ideas and content fresh. You work in an industry or specific issue for so long that sometimes your writing or ideas can become stagnant. It’s important to think creatively and take a new approach to something that you are writing, pitching, or developing when that happens.
What you say is the most important professional lesson you’ve learned while you’ve been at DDC?
Always take pride and ownership of your work. Your work may not always grab the attention of the most important clients or colleagues. But you should always prepare that it will be seen and heard at the highest level.
The Ken Deggs Employee of the Quarter Award honors DDC employees who go above and beyond to ensure the success of our clients, and our company. Named after longtime friend and colleague Ken Deggs whose character and work ethic exemplified excellence, the award provides donations to the Ken Deggs family while honoring his proud legacy.