Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Angelica Colantuoni

By: Gini Dietrich | September 10, 2010 | 

Today is Angelica Colantuoni’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!) so I thought that is a perfect reason for her to be the focus of #FollowFriday. A quick story about how Angelica and I met. She was working for an agency in Washington, D.C. and Arment Dietrich was about a year old. She needed help with a Denny’s coffee promotion in Chicago and she called to see if we could assist. We began to work together and, immediately, grew very fond of her. She has great work ethic, makes the right decisions under pressure, and has a sense of humor that, if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss. She’s humble, but wicked smart; tiny, but could kick your butt. But what sealed the deal for our friendship was this…

Alex Parker was leading the event and he came into my office the afternoon before we were to deliver Denny’s coffee to all of the TV and radio stations in the city. He had a sheer look of panic on his face. He said, “We don’t have any coffee.” What? “We don’t have any coffee.” So we got all hands on deck and we went through the boxes twice. We had packs to keep the coffee hot. We had cups. We had lids. We had brochures and flyers. We had creamer and sugar. We had stirrers. WE DID NOT HAVE ANY COFFEE.

Now, let me preface what I did next by saying it was not up to Angelica and her team to send the coffee. Which is why I felt I could call her and say, “So we are helping you with a coffee promotion and we DON’T HAVE ANY COFFEE” (yes, I yelled that part) and I proceeded to laugh hysterically into her voicemail. I’m pretty sure she called me a bunch of bad names, we got the coffee, and the event went off without a hitch. But rumor has it, she kept that voicemail to listen to when she was having a bad day until she moved to Chicago.

She writes a great blog called The Chic Fit, which describes her quest to hit girls in the face, riding the lakefront with me, playing soccer, and teaching SPIN class (she even includes her play lists for you!).  If you’re not interested in exercise, then follow her on Twitter. At the very least, you’ll see her making fun of me at least once a day.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Happy birthday to Angelica – one of my favorite people who I met thanks to you, Gini!


    • Julie Olian

      Happy Birthday Angelica!It’s going to be a fabulous year!
      Julie O.

  • Great follow Friday person. Happy birthday to you Angelica!

  • This is the best story ever. Little did we know those “kind” words we shared that day would be the start of a beautiful friendship. 🙂

    Luckily, we have the same sense of humor. Or else.

  • Happy Birthday, Angelica!!! Have a birthday fantastic weekend!

  • Thanks Mari & Patti!! I’m so glad Gini brought us together.

  • Happy B-Day to Angelica – we met through Gini who I was always trying to get to do work with me, and I got you first! In honor of your birthday we’ll be playing the Miranda Cosgrove CD on repeat at Big Teeth HQ all day.

    • Oh Gregg. I love you so. Thanks for the jab! We have a video to make. I’m just waiting for your schedule to open up for little ol me. I mean, I’m the Mayor of Big Teeth. What other kind of commitment do you want from me?!

  • Happy Birthday to Angelica! She’s one of the coolest people I’ve met on Twitter and I am glad that we are now friends IRL. I agree with Gini regarding her sense of humor. She can take as well as she gives. I have to stop now because she’ll be freaked out that I am being this kind to her, but since it’s her birthday, I thought I’d put in the extra effort.