Wunderman’s culture focuses on the employee’s whole self, not just the part that goes to work every day. That means supporting people’s passions outside of work, which are often fascinating. Here are a few of our favorite examples from around the network.
HELMUT EDER, WUNDERMAN GERMANY
Melissophobia—the fear of bees—is fairly common, but it certainly doesn’t apply to Helmut Eder, a senior strategist in Wunderman Germany’s Munich office. Eder and his wife are avid beekeepers and own three colonies in Bavaria’s Hachinger River valley.
Interestingly enough, Germany is one of the world’s largest honey consumers, with two-thirds of Germans regularly eating it. The Eders are no exception. They eat much of their own product, but also sell it online. If you’d like try it, you can buy some here.
PALOMA GUTIÉRREZ, WUNDERMAN PHANTASIA
When she’s not working as an account executive at Wunderman Phantasia, Paloma Gutiérrez is sharing recipes on her YouTube channel, Nom Nom. She specializes in elaborate, pop-culture-themed desserts, such as Pokémon cake pops, Harry Potter’s Butterbeer and cookies shaped like ‘90s cartoon character Arnold.
In her most-viewed video, Gutiérrez showed more than 105,000 people how to make “slime,” an acid-green popcorn sauce inspired by Ghostbusters. Learn how to make it here.
DARREN MOSS, WUNDERMAN-BIENALTO SYDNEY
Wunderman-Bienalto Graduate Producer Darren Moss started doing gymnastics when he was two. He stuck with it, representing Australia in elite competitions all over the world.
Though knee injuries ended his professional gymnastics aspirations at 18, he continues to practice and coach everyone from rambunctious five-year-olds to competitive adults. His specialty is the rings and, thanks to the popularity of CrossFit, his most-requested trick is the iron cross, which involves suspending yourself from rings with outstretched (and crazy-strong) arms.
MATT TEPPER, WUNDERMAN NEW YORK
North America Chief Strategy Officer Matt Tepper keeps a notebook where he writes down some of the funny things his 6-year-old son says and does. Building on this one insight—little kids are hilarious—he started a business. Peanut Gallery Comics is a platform where writers and illustrators can create custom comic strips based on people’s personal photos and stories.
Sometimes the comic strips even feature his own stories. Is your kid a riot? Make your own comic here.
JOSE VASQUEZ, WUNDERMAN SANTIAGO
Wunderman Santiago Graphic Producer Jose Vasquez is passionate about bicycles, and not just riding them, but also their early history in Chile.
For the past 16 years, he has been collecting photos and artifacts—such as pedals, lights and handlebars—that date all the way back to the 19th century when bicycles first became popular among the country’s elite. He is currently working on a book of unpublished images of Chilean cyclists in the early 1900s. See some of Jose’s photos here.