Welcome to our new feature, the DPP Employee Spotlight. Each month we’ll feature one of our in-house staff. We hope you’ll enjoy this little peek into the culture of DPP.
Rachael Marsh Ardis is a senior technical recruiter at DPP. She’s been with the company for 10 years – we just celebrated her 10th anniversary last month.
Rachael, what do you like best about your job at DPP?
I enjoy building relationships and getting to know others’ needs, interests, and goals. I find an amazing satisfaction in making the match — helping others develop their career further and at the same time assisting clients with growing their team!
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I served ice cream at Haagen-Dazs in downtown Charleston during one summer in college.
What’s on your “bucket list” of things to do in Columbia?
Hmm, Columba? That is tough. I have been wanting to try the new Zip Line over the Saluda River at Riverbanks.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to try or do?
Run a marathon. When I first got into running, I started with 5Ks and eventually ran a Half Marathon. When I was turning left to cross the finish line at my first Kiawah half marathon, I saw others turning right — away from the finish line to follow the Marathon Route. I knew at that point I couldn’t stop at a half. Several years later, I trained for many months and ran the LA Marathon. It was maybe one of the hardest things I have done both physically and mentally, but was all worth it. I was glad to check it off my bucket list.
What’s your favorite sport or pastime?
I enjoy spending time with family, running, and playing tennis. During the fall months, my husband and I spend most of our Saturdays around Williams-Brice stadium tailgating and going to the Carolina Football games.
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had?
My first and only trip (so far) to Europe –I’ll never forget waking up in Paris on my 30th birthday and celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London. We packed quite a lot into 10 days: rode the London Eye, watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, toured St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, went punting in Cambridge, and visited Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and of course the Eiffel Tower.
What’s one food you wish had zero calories?
Hot fudge cake sundae. I would eat one every day if I could.
What’s your favorite season?
Spring! I love this time of year with the temperature in mid 70s, azaleas and dogwoods in bloom and having several hours of daylight after work.
What words of wisdom do you try to live by?
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Right here in Columbia. I love traveling but enjoy living close to family and I enjoy what Columbia has to offer with restaurants, shopping, and various events. It is a great place to raise children!
You can connect with Rachael on LinkedIn.