Ellen Friedman – Sales Director – Swiss Navy

By on February 20, 2020

I used to be in the gay media advertising business for many years and when Swiss Navy was about to launch, I was approached by the owners who wanted to advertise with the magazine I was with at the time. As time went on and their ad continued to run we had formed a relationship and then started to talk to me about ways to help get Swiss Navy up and running when it launched, and well next thing I knew they were offering me a job and since January 2006… I’ve never looked backed.

A typical day
Hmmm… I can’t really answer that cause to me you would know nothing is typical with me! But it’s doing all things Swiss Navy which I love.

The most significant influence in my working career was
My Father, my dad, always told my brothers and I,
1)“You’re only as good as your word”, that has stayed with me for so many years!
2) “If you’re thinking it.. someone else is too”.
3) and my favourite one… “Always think out of the box”!!

What am I most proud of
The night before my mother died in 1982… she said to me…”Promise you will always remember who you are and what you are, for you are a Friedman and you will always have success”. I have never forgotten that and live by that every single day to honour her memory! Some will think that’s odd but to me that promise was like yesterday and have been guided by that promise to my Mumma now for 37 years every single day!

One of the most memorable moments was
When I graduated from LSU… my parents were so proud as I never thought I’d do it!

Last Book I read
An Unfinished Life – John F Kennedy

What is your favourite movie
Steel Magnolias!

What I always wanted to be when I was growing up
A professional tennis player!

What would most people not know about me
When I’m not working, I’m very quiet and to myself!

My favourite place
New Orleans, LA, or the beach!

When I’m not working I’d rather be
Home with my dogs and roommates or….. watching football games!

What I like best about my job
Ralph Albrecht (The Boss)

If I could change one thing
Not a damn thing!

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