Have You Met Susie?
There’s a good chance you probably already know Susie Pattison. She’s the director of rider recruitment and stewardship for Pelotonia, and often the first Pelotonia staff member you meet if you’re a rider. From January to August, Susie is busy recruiting riders, and the rest of the year she devotes primarily to working with Pelotonia’s funding partners. “This is an amazing place to work because we’re like one, big family,” she says.
Susie found her way to Pelotonia after working at Abercrombie & Fitch for six years. “I loved Abercrombie and the people that worked there, but I was ready for a change,” she says. “I wanted something a little more fulfilling.” A long-time exercise enthusiast who loves running, biking and spending time outdoors, Susie had her eye on Pelotonia for a while. She didn’t know it then, but her timing was spot on. When she reached out to Pelotonia CEO Tom Lennox, he was looking for a person to handle recruitment. Susie’s qualifications and personality were a perfect fit.
Susie started in her current position in January of 2011. Looking back, she likes to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past year. It’s been a wild ride. In addition to changing jobs, she also got married and built a house. Now that’s where her timing was maybe a bit off. She and her husband, George, broke ground on their house just two days before Pelotonia 11, and they were married only two weeks after the ride. It was a hectic year, to say the least.
So what does Susie love about her job at Pelotonia? For starters, she’s passionate about the community aspect of it all. “I go to the grocery store or out to dinner and run into someone wearing a Pelotonia shirt, or I see a magnet on someone’s car,” she says. “It makes me feel like I know that person—even if we’ve never met. I feel comfortable going up to that person because I want to hear his or her story. We share the bond of Pelotonia.”
As Susie looks forward to another Pelotonia, she is happy with the changes that have taken place in her life during the past year-and-a-half. A hometown girl who left central Ohio only for a brief stint to attend college at Miami University, she is understandably proud of Pelotonia and its outstanding accomplishments. On a more personal note, she says, “I am definitely fulfilled, and my family and friends feel that fulfillment also.”