Get to know Makayla Tendall, one of the latest additions to our Communications/Public Relations team. Joining Trilix as a communications specialist, Makayla grew up right here in Iowa on the border of Waukee and West Des Moines. (Fun fact: Waukee’s namesake is Milwaukee, Wisconsin.) Another addition to the Iowa State/Iowa in-office Trilix rivalry, Makayla graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 where she worked at the student newspaper, the Iowa State Daily. After graduating with a minor in criminal justice, Makayla began her career in journalism as a reporter at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids and, most recently, the Des Moines Register.

Diving right in, Makayla has been working on social media, blogs and content creation plans for a few clients. We’re glad to have Makayla on the team, and we’re looking forward to seeing our clients shine and benefit from her work. She enjoys the power of the written word. “I love being able to craft a sentence and the power a simple string of words can have when put together just right,” Makayla described.

While working as a reporter, Makayla has learned the importance of making connections with people. She says she is excited to apply the skills she learned to content marketing by utilizing great storytelling tools and creativity.

“Similar to reporting, marketing allows you to learn about many different topics,” Makayla explained. “Marketers give a voice to clients and consumers.”

Learn a little bit more about Makayla below, including her favorite place to eat in Des Moines.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I listen to a lot of music and read, but I also garden when Iowa has nice enough weather to go outside. I also love, love, love scary movies.

Do you have any unique hobbies?

I’d like to learn to play the guitar! I have one that I have yet to use.

What is your favorite type of food or restaurant in Des Moines?

I love Mexican food, but Mediterranean is my true love. I love Olympic Flame located in the East Village.

If you didn’t work in this industry, what career path would you choose?

I would probably love to write a few books or work in the criminal justice industry.

Tell us something no one could guess about you.

I make a lot of “Lord of the Flies” references.

Which fictional character would be the most fun to meet in real life?

Aria from “Game of Thrones.” That’s an obvious one.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Why do I have to limit myself?! Greece or Ireland, perhaps.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs all the way! But I have a cat.

Favorite summer vacation spot?

I like to camp! It doesn’t matter where.

Join us in welcoming Makayla into our Trilix family, and check back for more interesting Trilix Journal posts and updates!