Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Work Wife, Patti Knight

By: Gini Dietrich | July 20, 2012 | 
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About five years ago, I was in a meeting with my Vistage Chair and he told me it was time to hire an assistant.

I remember thinking there was no way I’d have enough work for one person to do full-time and I pushed back on the idea.

But he persisted and, in each meeting, asked me what I’d done that month that I either wasn’t good at doing or was taking a lot of time away from allowing me to grow the business.

I mentioned the idea to my good friend, Scott Farrell, who sent me the resume of one Patti Knight.

So  I called Patti and invited her in for an interview.

On the day of her interview, I heard her in the lobby talking to Jack Bauer. You see, he’s a MUCH better judge of people’s character than I am so we always make sure he’s around when we interview.

But Patti. Patti was talking to Jack Bauer as if he were a person (he thinks he is) and, when I walked out there to introduce myself, she was kneeling on the floor, scratching his ears, and he was licking her face.

He does not do that. He’s a big, fat momma’s boy and doesn’t cheat on me.

But there he was, cheating on me with this stranger.

I think it took me less than 15 minutes to decide to take a chance with Patti and, four years ago tomorrow, she joined the team.

What a chance, huh?

She quickly became my work wife and I wondered how I did my job without her. It turned out my Vistage Chair was right. Not only did I have enough for her to do, I began to entrust her with very sensitive items, including personnel files and financials.

When the economy tanked and we lost half our clients, the organization was fat. It was Patti’s job to trim expenses to the point that we could be profitable again. It took her more than two years to do it, but she went way above and beyond the call of duty and, with her help, we’re not only growing this year, but also profitable for the first time in years.

If you do any work with us, contact me for any reason, or need our help, it’s likely you’ve talked to Patti.

Please join me in not only congratulating her on four years with us, but also in wishing her a very happy birthday!

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.

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jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

Happy, happy birthday, Patti! 🙂 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski Yay!
 
I thought your blog post title was rifling on writing. I couldn’t figure out what you meant until I started reading. Duh, Gin. Riffing.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski Hah! Rifling on writing. I could host that with my redneck brother. 

jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

 @RebeccaTodd  @ginidietrich Silly Gini. 

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski @RebeccaTodd @ginidietrich not really a day to be talking about rifling but Jason knows the NRA has his back.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski thanks Jason!

patrickreyes
patrickreyes
3 years 11 months ago

Happy birthday, Patti!!!!!!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @patrickreyes Woo hoo! 

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich @patrickreyes she is a NY Giants fan btw

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @ginidietrich  @patrickreyes because they beat the Pack when Cutler was hurt but am 1st and foremost a Bears fan 🙂
 

JustInTheSouth
3 years 11 months ago

Happy, happy birthday! We’re so glad you came! Happy, happy birthday from the online gang!
 
– Happy Birthday Patty!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @JustInTheSouth   LOL!! Did you make that up?!

JustInTheSouth
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Maybe.
 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @JustInTheSouth That’s awesome!

JustInTheSouth
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Yeah… I’m good like that. **Dork**
 

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @JustInTheSouth  @jennimacdonald @ginidietrich do we have gang signs and colors?

jennimacdonald
jennimacdonald
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM Working on it! @ginidietrich ‘s says DORK in bold, bright red colors. It’s fabulous. @JustInTheSouth ‘s says HERO in italic, navy blue.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @jennimacdonald  @HowieSPM  @JustInTheSouth Ha!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @JustInTheSouth  @jennimacdonald  @ginidietrich Orange and Blue 🙂

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @JustInTheSouth  @jennimacdonald thanks my friends 🙂

sydcon_mktg
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday Patti! As someone who has had the pleasure of scratching Jack Bauer’s ears, I can attest to this.  He is one BIG DOG, who greets you immediately, I can see where you can use him to judge someone’s character! I am just thrilled he & I got along so well! 🙂
 
Congrats on 4 years together!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @sydcon_mktg He could tell you’re a dog person!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @sydcon_mktg thanks!
 

RebeccaTodd
3 years 11 months ago
Happy Birthday Patti!  I completely agree- my dogs tell me how I really feel about people often before I am consciously aware. So if Jack loves Patti, then so do I!   Something I have noticed here in the Giniverse is this, while perhaps not theme, motif maybe, for team.  It is apparent to me, from the way you interact with your online tribe, your friends, and your coworkers that you truly appreciate the roles that they play in your life.  For me, this speaks of a confidence and generosity of spirit that is rare indeed. Thank you for yet another glimpse in to… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @RebeccaTodd He LOVES Aunt Patti. I mean, loves.
 
And thank you! We have a fun culture. That whole thing that you’re not supposed to be friends with the people who work with you? I pretty much ignore that. It’s brought me some pain, but the joy outweighs the bad.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @RebeccaTodd I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Erin F.
3 years 11 months ago

Happy, happy birthday, Patti!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Erin F. W00t!

debdobson62
debdobson62
3 years 11 months ago

Happy, happy birthday Patti!  This post made me smile.  Congratulations on four years and have a wonderful birthday today.  I love the picture of you with Jack Bauer.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @debdobson62 She loves that darn dog as much as I do!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @debdobson62 correction – elderly gentleman trapped in a dog’s body!

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
3 years 11 months ago

HBD, Patti. Four years is a fantastic milestone, and one that should be rewarded with a big, fat lunch from G. Can I get an AMEN!!!
 
Seriously, congrats, so nice to know you. 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @rustyspeidel You’re recommending the person whose job it is to cut expenses ask me to buy her lunch? 

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich how does @rustyspeidel have only 158 @livefyre points?

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @rustyspeidel  He usually only stalks.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @rustyspeidel AMEN

KensViews
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday Patti! MPWICMIMTW.  Ask Kelly Dietrich to translate!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KensViews Oh jeez.

Tinu
3 years 11 months ago

Congrats and happy birthday, Patti!

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday, Patti. We’re all sorry you have to put up with Gini…

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller Hey!

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich What?? I just said what everyone else was thinking.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller So not true. You wish you could work with me.

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Yeah. I also wish I could chew glass.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller 🙁

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich but…but…I LOVE GINI!!!!

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller  @ginidietrich Gini hire Ken to run your facebook contests!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller IT IS TOO LATE! You are dead to me!

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Psh. Now you’re gonna feel really bad if something happens to me in the next few hours. Way to go, Gini.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller Dead to me.

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Nice, real ni………….

KensViews
3 years 11 months ago

I wouldn’t lose any sleep over that.  If I had a buck for every time she said that to me, I’d be rich! @ginidietrich  @KenMueller 

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @KensViews  @ginidietrich I know. she sure spends a lot of time speaking to the dead…

Lisa Gerber
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday, Patti!

SocialMediaDDS
3 years 11 months ago

Awwwww….that was an awesome tribute to Patti….you are both lucky to have each other…your mutual respect and admiration of each other are very obvious and are part of why it’s such a joy to engage with Arment Dietrich!  Happy Birthday Patti and congratulations to both of you on four years of career bliss!!  Here’s to many more!!
xoxo

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @SocialMediaDDS And we have a Fanta Sea, too!

TheJackB
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @TheJackB thanks!

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago
HA! @pattiknight took the day off for her birthday. Wait til Monday when she finds out what we did on her behalf in her absence.   1] Signed her name to $3 trillion loan from the Russian Mafia for Arment-Dietrich expansion. Thankfully we scored it at a low 4% per day interest rate.   2] Order 3,000 Ronco Prune Pitters and Wine Opener combo tools to arrive at her house on Tuesday in her name.   3] Ate all her birthday cupcakes though @shellykramer ate 7 of them (Bad Shelly)   4] She missed her birthday cruise on the Arment-Dietrich… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  I seriously don’t know how you come up with this stuff.

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich I should be writing scripts for hollywood I know.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @shellykramer  @Lisa Gerber Howie you should be writing scripts in Hollywood.  This SERIOUSLY made me laugh out loud!!!  Especially #6.

TedWeismann
3 years 11 months ago

Happy birthday @pattiknight . I haven’t met you, but after reading that tribute, I’d sure like to!  Any dog lover is pretty great in my book.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @TedWeismann Dog lovers are special people.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @TedWeismann Hallelujah and amen. 
 

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  @TedWeismann but stuffed animal dog lovers are even more special right? I had a college roommate that had some high end stuffed basset hound. Wish I knew the brand name. Anyway his name was Fred of course. And he was on the mantle in our house because he was a great conversation piece when we had people over or threw parties with was sometimes twice a day. Because Fred was anatomically correct. Not graphically but he was definitely showing his stuff off. I always wondered who had to sew him at the factory.

DebCE
DebCE
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday Patti! I think I got to know you before really getting to know Gini. Thank you for all you do!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @DebCE That’s probably true! 

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

This made me cry…i cant’ believe it’s been 4 years and any other CEO would have thought I was nuts on the floor with Jackie…Ayanna sure did LOL!  I couldn’t have done it without you Ms. Dietrch!  You are a CEO who actually listens to her assistant – that is rare – trust me it is!  And that is why we’ve only just begun to soar!!!! 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @PattiRoseKnight Happy, happy birthday my love!

lauraclick
3 years 11 months ago

Congrats and happy birthday, Patti! And, I love the pic too – it looks like Jack Bauer is biting his lip as if to say “sorry, momma, I found another person to love!” My dog, Bailey, bites her lip like that too. So cute!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @lauraclick Ug! Don’t bring that up! He’s a cheating dog!

RebeccaTodd
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @lauraclick He’s a hard dog to keep on the porch, for sure! 

KevinVandever
KevinVandever
3 years 11 months ago

 @PattiRoseKnight Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

Hajra
3 years 11 months ago

Congrats and Happy Birthday Patti, you dog whisperer!
 
Maybe Jack and Patti were discussing the secrets to impressing @ginidietrich!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Hajra  They might have been! He loves her that much.

ChristyNorton
ChristyNorton
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday Patti!!!
I don’t know what Gini would do without you!
She might have to hire me (Gini’s mama) and that wouldn’t be a good idea.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @ChristyNorton What?!? Momma commented on the blog?!? HI MOMMA!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @ChristyNorton Thanks Gini’s mom 🙂  

DonovanGroupInc
DonovanGroupInc
3 years 11 months ago

Best “forced” decision you have made to date BFF was take on your amazing work wife.  🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @DonovanGroupInc Right??

DonovanGroupInc
DonovanGroupInc
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich Sorry – “forced” meaning the decision to consider an assistant in the first place vs being forced to hire just about the best “work wife” anyone has ever known.  🙂 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @DonovanGroupInc Oh I knew what you meant.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @DonovanGroupInc  @ginidietrich and it took her FOREVER to give up things to me but she’s MUCH better 🙂

DonovanGroupInc
DonovanGroupInc
3 years 11 months ago

 @PattiRoseKnight  @ginidietrich LOL – why am I not surprised…however a true sign of growth is acceptance of change so no one epitomizes that more than @ginidietrich 🙂

lizreusswig
3 years 11 months ago

Happy Birthday & Anniversary to Patti…just wondering if you’ve considered cloning yourself?  Or perhaps writing a post on what it takes to be an AWESOME assistant?  @ginidietrich  you obviously made a great decision, even though it sounds like Jack Bauer had already made it for you!!  Love that you include your dog in the “sniffing” out process…they really are the best judges of character!! 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @lizreusswig They are the best judges of character. And, for us, if you’re not a dog person, we’re not going to hire you because we allow dogs to come to work and hang out and go to staff meetings and tear through the offices with important papers in their mouths (actually that one was an accident, but it was hilarious).

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @lizreusswig I really was worried that I made a fool out of myself with Jack – the office manager kind of gave me a look but it was love at first sight with me and Jackie that’s for sure 🙂

MichaelBowers
MichaelBowers
3 years 11 months ago

Congratulations Patti on the anniversary and a very happy birthday. I so appreciated all of your efforts to help me get everything together to make things great for Gini so she could make things great for those attending our conference. You were wonderful to work with and really made things easy for me (that doesn’t always happen when dealing with speakers). All the best to you.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @MichaelBowers thanks Michael I enjoyed working with you too!

annedreshfield
3 years 11 months ago

Congrats, Patti, and I hope you had a very happy birthday! All the best for you. 🙂 

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 11 months ago

 @annedreshfield thanks Anne

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