Erica Dume

When did you first know you wanted to be a designer?

I guess I always knew I wanted to be an architect or engineer. I had a ton of LEGO and K’Nex sets and knew that building and being creative was something I wanted to do for a living.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Apparently, people love the all-natural products I make in my spare time. It’s usually just homemade versions of everyday products like deodorants, lotions and exfoliating scrubs. Sometimes these can be healthier than store-bought brands with all their chemicals.

What would Spotify say is your most-played track?

You’ll probably find One More Chance by Notorious B.I.G. on my most-played list.

What’s the best thing about working at Mancini?

I appreciate the leadership for allowing us the freedom to get our work done without micromanaging. They trust that we will be responsible to get the job done right and on time.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

When you begin a career, don’t chase money, chase opportunities. When you land the right situation and are good at what you do, you’ll be rewarded.

What was your first computer—and what did you spend the most amount of time doing on it?

My first computer was a Gateway 2000 desktop from 1996 that used to run on Windows 95. My cousins and I always played solitaire and Tetris on it. Back then we didn’t have the Internet so we’d use it to do homework.

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