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Amanda Byrd, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Amanda Byrd, senior marketing and communications specialist, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

There are so many great things about working in Dane County! However, I would say the best thing is the people. Ever since I moved back to the area from Chicago, the outstanding character of those who represent our local communities has continually impressed me. The people of Dane County certainly give meaning to why “the Midwest is the best.”

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

Although I am a marketing professional and currently pursuing my master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications, I actually earned my bachelor’s degree in interior design. That said, I would say my secret talents involve space planning, as well as having a keen eye for quality furniture and decor. I can even do a little feng shui, as I practiced it while studying abroad in China my senior year at UW–Madison.

What are your guilty pleasures?

I certainly have a sweet tooth, which has led to my genuine appreciation for chocolate — specifically the truffles from Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier. However, anyone who knows me would not be surprised to hear of this guilty pleasure. Something people may be shocked to learn is that, despite growing up in Wisconsin, I am a Chicago Bears fan. However, this allegiance is not my fault. My dad raised me to be a Bears fan. Also, when my dad was younger and had a mustache, he could have been Mike Ditka’s doppelgänger. This may also explain why I root for “Da Bears.”

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