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Meet Michelle Seitz: The Fast Interview

Michelle Seitz (second from left), Director of Enterprise Account Management at Fast

Michelle Seitz

Role: Director of Enterprise Account Management at Fast

Team: Strategic Account Management

Why did you join Fast?

Two words: Brig (Graff, Senior Vice President of Sales at Fast) and Leila (Horejsi, Vice President of Strategic Account Management at Fast). I’ve worked with them in the past and respect them a ton. I thought if these two really smart people are there, there’s something to it. Looking at the company more, I realized I’m a total consumer, and saw the need for what we’re doing. Plus, I love that I can explain what Fast does in a simple way and everybody gets it.

What were you doing before you joined Fast?

I’ve been in digital commerce for many years. First was at an online retailer named Buy.com where I did everything from merchandising computer hardware and software to producing an online TV show. After that I was at Adobe for 12 years, where I led a team of strategic customer success managers in the digital experience business unit focused on the top retail brands around the world. Immediately before Fast, I worked for an agency called Channel Bakers, where I developed the strategy around a SaaS reporting and optimization tool for brands to grow their Amazon sales.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles called Arcadia, which is best known for its horse racetrack called Santa Anita Park. My dad was the mayor of the town twice, so I couldn’t goof around too much. I was a child of the ’80s who was convinced I was going to win a roller skating or dance competition, and then all of a sudden, I developed a love for team sports and played everything: basketball, softball, volleyball, track.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the fact I was able to step away from a pretty hefty career to take a time out and still be there for my family throughout the early months of the pandemic.

What is your productivity hack?

I love sticky notes! I pick three important things to accomplish for the week and write them on the notes. Each one starts on the left side of my desk, and as I make progress, they move toward the right, where my trash can is.

When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

In my early years as a manager, I had a direct report that was quiet and didn’t seem to need my help. I convinced myself this meant I was a poor leader. One day, a package arrived at my house with a small succulent plant in the shape of a heart with a note that read how happy she was that I was her manager. It was a powerful gesture that meant so much to me.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

Dead: Amelia Earhart. I’m fascinated by the opportunity she was faced with at a time when women weren't doing what she was doing. And I want to know what really happened during her final flight.

Living: Lady Gaga. How did you come up with the meat dress? How do you walk in those high shoes? I’ve read so much about her, and I’m fascinated by her perseverance and dedication to her craft.

Who would you say is your celebrity doppelgänger?

I’ve been told ’80s/’90s Madonna. More recently, people have said Kate Winslet, especially in her latest role in “Mare of Easttown.”

What is your top travel destination?

Tahiti. My family vacationed there many years ago. I remember the vibrant colors, smell of the flowers, and the blue of the water. It felt like you were in a time that stood still. And the people were incredibly beautiful, kind, and generous.

Where do you see yourself a year from now?

Definitely still here at Fast and seeing the fruits of all of this awesome labor pay off!