Happy December everyone! I thought it’d be nice to begin the new month by learning something new. Let’s get to know one of our delightful shipmates: Daywi.
Daywi is an interesting name, where is your family from?
My name is a common Indonesian name, which is where my mother is from. The original spelling, Dewi, is actually derived from Hinduism but my parents opted to change the spelling so it would be easier to pronounce in the US. However, I’d say only about 5% of people pronounce it correctly the first time anyways (and the second or third), so don’t feel bad.
Have you always lived in Chicago?
No, although at 7 years it is the one place in which I’ve consecutively lived the longest. I grew up traveling every two years throughout North America from Michigan (my dad’s home state) to Mexico City. I always knew I had to live in a place that was diverse and bustling near Lake Michigan, so this city was the perfect match.
What is your current position at Entertainment Cruises?
I am the Marketing Production Supervisor. I work closely with our in-house Marketing Services Team to schedule the production of virtually all of Entertainment Cruises’ marketing collateral for each of our brands throughout our seven different locations. We design everything from print ads to ticket booth signage.
How long have you worked here?
What was your first position?
A seasonal deckhand at Seadog Ventures in Chicago. I scrubbed decks and gave guided-tours to sun-burnt tourists on a 70 foot speedboat all summer. Sounds grueling, but it was hands-down the best summer job a college student could ask for.
How did you get to where you are now?
No matter what your position, hard work and dedication is rewarded, but it is up to the individual to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. After receiving MVP of the year my first year, I was ready to get into the administrative side of operations and jumped on the opportunity to intern with our Operations Manager at Seadog. A year later a position opened in Accounts Payable. Although my degree is in Marketing, I saw this entry-level position as an opportunity to get my foot in the door as a recent college graduate, and less than a year later went on to hire another Accounts Payable Specialist as our company grew. Although I enjoyed my new role as the Accounts Payable Supervisor, my heart was with Marketing and I was able to take advantage of another opening to my current position with Entertainment Cruises. Each experience has allowed me to better understand how this company works as a whole, thus giving me the tools to do my job even more effectively.
What is your favorite thing about working here?
The people. Not only the people I get to work with every day but also the guests that we get the privilege of inviting on our vessels. Working in an entertainment/hospitality industry should be fun, and Entertainment Cruises acknowledges that.
Thank you Daywi, for taking time out of your day to share with us. It was fun!
And thank you readers, for reading. Read on!