Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Deb Dobson

By: Gini Dietrich | August 10, 2012 | 

I have this amazing friend. Her name is Deb Dobson.

If you’re a frequent reader of Spin Sucks, you’ve seen her name mentioned, particularly associated with a funny video or two in Gin and Topics.

Deb is, without a doubt, one of the most generous people I know…and I only just met her IRL this year, though I’ve considered her a friend for a good three years.

When we first connected on Twitter, she was living in Kansas City, which (as some of you may know) was my stomping ground right out of college and until I moved to Chicago in 2001.

So we immediately had something in common.

Then I discovered she has a huge Jayhawk on the back of her Jeep (which is where Mr. D went to school and would die if I let him have a big Jayhawk on the back of our car) and the friendship was sealed.

When I was in Columbus in May (which is where she moved to after Kansas City), not only was I taken care of by Michael Bowers, Nate Riggs, and the super active social media community there, Deb made sure I had directions from to/from the airport and that I had something to do for dinner when I landed.

At dinner, she introduced me to one Dave Hunegnaw who quickly took me under his wing and began introducing me to, well, just about the entire city.

Between he and Deb, I felt like I was hanging out with the Mayor. And that’s not an exaggeration. They know everyone in that darn city.

Deb is an avid tennis player, a CRM maven (I go to her with all of my CRM questions), a photographer, and a lover of cars. In fact, she’ll be really mad at me for using the photo I did above, but it is her, getting out of the backseat of her dream car (she let me sit in front), and nearly getting stuck. I mean, I had time to take a picture. How hard can it be to get out of a Porsche? Really.

Through it all, Deb has become a confidant, someone I laugh (and cry) with, and a dear, dear friend.

She’s one who, when you check her out, will engage, will ask you questions about yourself, and will give of herself more generously than anyone else you know. You can find her on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and on Just My Take (even though she hasn’t posted there in nearly a year, which I will shame her into doing with this blog post).

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!

  • I thought for sure that I was connected with Deb – but, alas, I was mistaken. Happily remedied. 🙂 

    •  @jasonkonopinski She is awesome! And thanks for the playlist last night. It’s a great list and it helped me nearly finish importing Spin Sucks Pro content!

      •  @ginidietrich You are most welcome. 🙂 

        •  @jasonkonopinski Wait til you see Gin and Topics. I’m cracking myself up right now.

        •  @ginidietrich Did you get my submissions earlier this week? Some doozies. 

        •  @jasonkonopinski Oh you have two mentions this week. This one might be the best yet.

        •  @ginidietrich My work here is done. <drops mic and walks off stage> 

        • ifdyperez

           @ginidietrich Ifdy has her fingers crossed!!!

  • debdobson62

    What a sweet friend you are @ginidietrich for this #FollowFriday, well, but I’m mad at you for the picture.  How the hell do you get stuck in a porsche?  Oh yeah, now I remember.  Thank you and hi @jasonkonopinski!  I thought we were connected to, so now we are 🙂

    •  @debdobson62  HAHAHAH! I love that photo! It makes me laugh every time I see it.

      •  @ginidietrich  @debdobson62 That photo is pretty hysterical, I must admit. #betteryouthanme

        •  @jasonkonopinski  @debdobson62 It’s awesome!

      • debdobson62

         Okay, it does make me laugh too.  And yep @jasonkonopinski it is pretty hysterical #whereismyhead?

  • Yay! Deb is filled with at least 7 kinds of awesome. Had a great time kibbitzing with her at SocialSlam this year. Can’t wait to see her again – hopefully real soon!

    • debdobson62

       @Sean McGinnis
       Sean, I so had a great time kibbitzing with you at SocialSlam.  I’m planning on going next year, so hopefully you’ll be going too!  You’re totally one awesome dude!

  • ifdyperez

    HI DEB!

    • debdobson62

       Hi Ifdy!  Followed you after @ginidietrich did your #FollowFriday.  Totally love your sense of humor!

      • ifdyperez

         @debdobson62  @ginidietrich giggle. 🙂

  • yvettepistorio

    Hello Deb!! 

    • debdobson62

       Hi Yvette!

  • John_Trader1

    Always enjoy the folks you introduce us too Gini – the cream of the crop. Nice to meet D squared.

    • debdobson62

       Nice to meet you JT!

  • Hi Deb! 

    • debdobson62

       Hi there!  Nice to meet you!

      •  @debdobson62 If my wife and I ever make it to KC, can we count on you for some good bbq suggestions?  🙂  You must be overwhelmed today. Nice to be connected on Twitter! 

        • debdobson62

           @barrettrossie You bet.  I have several BBQ suggestions.  And sorry, just now saw this.  Let me know when you go visit and I’ll send you some recos.  Great BBQ.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Deb at Social Slam (and I believe we shared some slammin’ snacks at that pizza place), and she’s just as awesome as you describe.  Everyone reading this should go cyberstalk her immediately.

    •  @rosemaryoneill I did I miss slammin snacks?!

    • debdobson62

       I really enjoyed meeting you at Social Slam, and yes, those were awesome snacks at that pizza place!!  You’re so sweet and pretty awesome yourself!

  • debdobson62

    Oh, and yes @ginidietrich, you’ve shamed me.  I’ll be doing a blog post this weekend!

  • magriebler

    Hi Deb! Good to meet you. Gini introduces us to the nicest people. And remember, getting stuck in the back seat of a Porsche is the easy part. It’s getting in and out that take some real skills.

    • debdobson62

       Nice to meet you Mag!  And thank you.  Still can’t believe I got stuck in the porsche and of course, @ginidietrich couldn’t miss the great photo op LOL

  • Nice to meet you.

    • debdobson62

       Nice to meet you too!!

  • How did Dave introduce you to the city? I don’t know the city, never been there, so what sort of places/activities did you do?

  • Hmmm I am pretty sure that is the Honda Crosstour. Which is everyone’s dream car.
    The big question @ginidietrich is does she answer you promptly when you have a CRM question or do you get put on hold or in ACD line purgatory? And is she ISO9001 certified yet?
    I know I kidded on Twitter about the Jayhawks I am a Bill Self fan and I hate Texas and Oklahoma and while I had adopted Nebraska from going to Lincoln for work a few times they left for the Big10 so I will accept the jayhawks as my B12 or whatever they are now as a conference team. But I would get the shakes being so close to Ohio State all the time Almost as bad as being in Ann Arbor (I did triumphantly pee on Bo Schembeckler hall once…on an early career business trip!).
    So enough about me where did you meet @debdobson62  again? She crashed one of your sorority parties and taught you how to beer bong? That is fully worthy of a Follow Friday. Still amazed how you can slam a 16 oz tall boy faster than @Sean McGinnis or me.

    • debdobson62

       @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @Sean McGinnis Um, yeah, dream car is not the Honda Crosstour LOL.  I love Bill Self and also love Lincoln having spent a lot of time there in a two year period.  Pretty cool city that reminded me a lot of Lawrence, Kansas. 

  • Matt_Cerms

    Great #FF post about Deb.  Being a Missouri State University grad, it’s great to see the Kanas/Missouri references! Looking forward to the upcoming Blog post on Just My Take!

    • debdobson62

       @Matt_Cerms Hi Matt.  Nice to meet you and I love Kansas/Missouri references.  Like anyone from the Show-Me state.  Hope you have a great weekend.

  • Hi Deb. Pleasure to meet you and nice to see the animal welfare tag on your Twitter profile.

    • debdobson62

       @annelizhannan Hi Anneliz.  I’m a big animal welfare advocate.  Playing with my adopted kitten Little Due right now.  Nice to meet you too!  I see you are a PR nurse.  That is very cool.

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