Gina Antoniello, Marketing Manager
Manager of stuff we parade on the internet to try and boost business, Gina leads Catalyst's marketing efforts, providing savvy input regarding anything that needs to be pinned, posted, hashtagged, clicked, or liked. (Approximately 90% of Gina's time is spent explaining to Catalyst's 41-year-old CEO what these verbs mean.) Prior to helping us make advertising campaigns more clickbait-y, Gina spent three years with the Golden State Warriors, spearheading their minor league team's marketing-communication efforts and reporting from the sidelines, a role that led to her first national broadcast appearance on ESPN in January of this year. When she wasn't conducting player interviews mere steps from Steph Curry, Gina took part in the fight against animal testing and abuse, volunteering for the Nor Cal Beagle Rescue and supporting the Beagle Freedom Project. It's through this advocacy that she met the loves of her life: two rescue beagles she named — get ready for some adorableness — Bagel and Cannoli. According to Gina, "I actually rescued Cannoli from an animal testing facility where he'd been in a cage since birth and subjected to medical research his entire life. I was the first human ever to hold and cuddle him and it was literally DONE. I adopted him on the spot." As you may have guessed from the names of her pups, Gina is a proud New Yorker and carb lover who needs to have pasta every day or — quote — "my soul becomes misaligned with the universe." (Gina's loved ones carry epipens full of gnocchi in case they have to emergency-administer a dose of pasta.) When she isn't analyzing clickthrough rates and impressions, Gina enjoys spending time with her family, doting on her beagles, guest lecturing in Sports Business at a small liberal arts school you may have heard of called Columbia University, and traveling to Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi, a town in Southern Italy where her family has a small compound and where she can "eat pasta for breakfast, sleep through lunch, and drink wine from her family vineyard for the rest of the day — strictly to help the vintners improve the winemaking process, of course."
Why She Works for Catalyst
Very few adorably furry things in our office to tempt her. (This will make a lot more sense when you read Gina's "How the Universe Has Punished Her" below.)
How the Universe Has Punished Her for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker
When it comes to embarrassing character traits, we, the writers of Catalyst team bios, thought we had heard it all. Team members who live in mortal fear of whales? Check. Team members plagued by exceptionally dainty handwriting? Double check. And then along comes Gina, confiding what has to be the most peculiar psychological malady ever to be diagnosed: a syndrome known as — we swear we are not making this up — "cute aggression." What is "cute aggression," you ask? Is it people who have anger-management issues and adorable dimples? No, dear reader, cute aggression is way, way stranger than that. According to Dr. Rebecca Dyer and Dr. Oriana Aragon, both of whom hold doctorates from Yale, cute aggression refers to the "almost overwhelming urge to do violence to incredibly adorable objects." Yes, Gina and her fellow sufferers (most of whom prefer to remain in the shadows, as they should) feel an irresistible impulse to ravage anything and everything that makes the rest of us go "Aww," including teddy bears, baby pandas, ducklings, bottlenose dolphins, Haley Joel Osment circa 1999, and puppies dressed in striped pajamas. You would think that, as a passionate animal lover and advocate, Gina would be the very last person to dream of savagely squeezing an adorable furry creature, but no — anything she encounters that's cuddly or huggable tests the limits of her self-restraint. (Five-year-old Gina's Cabbage Patch Kid found this out the hard way.) Thankfully, Gina has made enormous progress since last summer's "petting zoo incident" and is pleased to report that she recently walked past an entire litter of kittens with nary a Kill Bill-like impulse going through her head.
Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate
Footloose / Maurice Allais (Nobel Peace Prize, 1988)