If you’re going to work with someone, if you’re going to trust them with aspects of your business, you better get to know them. How else are you going to trust them? That’s the idea behind our “Meet a Pro” Interview Series. Get to know our FreightPros, our company, and the individuals that make up our teams and take care of our customers.Today, we’re talking with Lindsay Wahlquist about California, Baja vs Tex-Mex, SNL skits, and little angel babies floating from the ceiling…FP: Give me a quick description of what you do at FreightPros?LW: I am an Executive Assistant to our president, Chris Clever, as well as Office Manager. Basically, I provide administrative support to Chris or whoever else needs it, and….I have way too much fun at work. I plan company events, handle the logistics of rewards, happy hours, etc. Recently, I converted an unused portion of the office into a nap room, which is exactly like what it sounds. I try to think of my job as being the constant bearer of good news, which is basically the best job in the world for me.FP: What’d you do before you were nap room architect extraordinaire?LW: I moved to Austin and started working for FreightPros a little over a year ago. I moved here from Los Angeles, California (10 years) by way of Weston, West Virginia (20 years). I went from small town to a huge city, and then settled down somewhere in between. I’m the Goldilocks of moving. Hopefully bears don’t run me out of Austin.FP: Hmmm…a sorta-Californian. Lots of Californians running around our fair city of Austin these days. How do the two cities compare?LW: Everything is bigger in Texas. Like parking lots. You can actually park at Trader Joe’s in Austin, which is pretty great. The cost of living in LA is outrageous, and while Austin’s is going up as more people move here, it’s still nothing compared to LA. What else? In California they have Baja Mexican food, and here it’s all Tex-Mex. Getting used to all the queso has been an adjustment. As crap as traffic is here, it’s much worse there. That’s why Angelinos always talk about traffic. The SNL skit, The Californians, is soooo dead on.FP: Gotta go with Tex-Mex versus Baja. Speaking of food, what’s your desert island meal(s)? Something you couldn’t live without?LW: My absolute favorite food is strawberries, but I have a few favorite meals. My husband’s burgers are great, and I love making my mom’s stuffed shells and my chicken enchiladas. I love food – both cooking it and eating it, but something I really couldn’t live without is my family: my husband (Matt), our son (Liam), and our doggy (Booch). And in addition to family and food, my other love is travel.FP: You mention travel. Don’t know if you’re aware, but freight travels, and freight is our business. Talk about bringing it all back home. Final question: Where’s your favorite place you’ve travelled?LW: Well, I had a great time in Turtle Bay, Hawaii. And I really enjoyed time spent in the English countryside. But my absolute favorite place to travel is The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA. Nothing I could say would do it justice, but I’ll tell you that every guest room has a different theme, their steakhouse is all pink with little angel babies floating from the ceiling, and their cake is AMAZING.
Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.
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