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Meet Brett -- This Week's Featured Employee

October 1, 2010


This week's Featured Employee is Brett, Guidance's resident comedian, trained chef and talented Creative Director. Brett is the genius behind our creative work as he heads up our Information Architecture and Visual Design department. We asked Brett to answer a few questions for us, check them out:

What’s your title?
Managing Director, Creative Services

How long have you been at Guidance?
A total of 8.5 years ... the first time 3 years, and then 5.5 years since I came back.

Tell us about your hometown.
Santa Monica. Since you probably know about it, I can tell you that when I was growing up it was a much different place. It was a lot more quiet ... not so over-the-top trendy/crazy. Third Street Promenade was merely a run-down strip of empty stores. We could always find parking on Main Street. I miss it.

What city do you currently live in?
Palms/Mar Vista.

How did you decide on this career?
I fell into it. I was working as an Executive Assistant and translator for a Japanese company in Beverly Hills in the mid 1990’s. One day, a colleague told us about this cool thing called Netscape. He showed us a “browser window” with small images and “hyperlinks” (??). I remember thinking, “why on Earth would anyone want to use something like this!?” We started building websites and I never looked back.

What was the oddest job you ever held?
While attending university in Japan, my school sponsored a summertime home-stay program on the northernmost island of Hokkaido (close to Russia) matching up foreign students with Japanese families to encourage cross-cultural understanding. My friends were placed in homes with bankers, florists and artists ... but for some reason I was placed on a dairy farm. I had to get up every morning at 4:30 to feed the cows, clean up manure, and harvest daikon (radish). I helped deliver three calves and, as their designated foster mother, bottle-fed them four times a day. They mooed so loudly every time I visited their pen.

I was lonely, though, as the family that I lived with said no more than three sentences a day to me. Halfway through my stay I tried to escape the farm, but it was so remote that I got lost in the forest and had to go back. At the end of the summer, I was very happy to return to the chaos and creature comforts of Tokyo.

What do you like most about working at Guidance?
That’s an easy one…the people. By far the best group of human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.

Here's what Brett is currently working on:
Brett at work