Name: Loida R. Ratteray

Position: Advertising Manager

Year started: 2011

What was your first day like?

Exciting! I could not wait to get started.

Last thought before you get to work in the morning?

Let’s do it! Sell, sell, sell!

Best day ever at work?

Meeting a set sales target.

Favourite part of the job?

Meeting people everyday.

Worst part of the job?

Hearing about budget cuts and how tough retailers/business owners are weathering the current economic climate in Bermuda.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am Hispanic but can’t dance. LOL.

What was your first job ever?

In college, I worked in the kitchen as a fruit platter decorator.  I was up at 5am rain, blow, shine or snow but I was happy to have an early start to my day. Early bird get’s the worm was my motto.

What was your career ambition as a child?

Artist or teacher

What type of student were you?

Studious, goal driven and dedicated. I also worked well under pressure.

Who was the most influential person in your life?

My parents influenced my moral conduct, work ethic and family lifestyle.  Also, my elementary teachers in art, music and physical education were instrumental in teaching me a little bit about everything: from reggae to classical, from baroque to contemporary art, and from American football to golf; however they missed Rugby and Cricket, I was clueless when I came to Bermuda.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

If you fall down, get up!

What can you not live without?

My family

What are you best known for?

My love for children, if I lived abroad I probably would have five kids by now and one on the way. Just kidding, but what can I say I am Hispanic, we love big families.

If you had the political power, what would you do to improve Bermuda right now?

Our education system!

What is your pick for BEST:

Restaurant: Island Spice

Coffee shop: Rock Island

Sweet treat: Molly Cake from Miles

Politician:  Dale Butler – for his Bermudian History education endeavors via books for children

Local hotspot: Dockyard

Local tradition: Cod fish and potatoes breakfast every Sunday, unless I forget to soak the fish over night.

Local fare: fish chowder

Local character: Johnny Barnes….I wave to him every time I am stuck in traffic…. I am one of those drivers who slows down to wave….sorry to the drivers behind me!

Beach: Elbow beach on the 4th of July…. best place to see the fireworks.

Deal in Bermuda: 5% off groceries on Wednesday. Something is better than nothing.

Thing about living in Bermuda: Prepare to hibernate in the winter… I miss the beach in the winter.