37 Questions with Pat Reichert

Block Club’s Pat Reichert prides himself on paying close attention to the people and things around him, always pausing and reflecting before taking decisive action. We think those are precisely the character traits that make him such an effective brand coordinator—a position that requires sound judgment and plenty of thoughtfulness on behalf of our clients (and their social media accounts). In our latest 37 Questions, a humble nod to Vogue’s 73, Pat lets us in on his introspective nature and his not-so-secret affinity for Nat King Cole, among 35 other important topics.

  1. What does a typical workday look like for you?

    The beauty of the job is, no two days are the same, but there is usually some amount of monitoring and posting to clients’ social media accounts and working through long-term content for traditional and social media. Sometimes, I get to be behind the scenes for a photo or video shoot, which I really enjoy.

  2. What did you do before you joined Block Club?

    I worked at another Buffalo agency, where I specialized in content and social media management.

  3. What did you study in school?

    I’m a proud Buffalo State Bengal, and I graduated with my BA in public relations and advertising.

  4. What do you like about your job?

    I get to learn different things every day. Working with an incredibly sharp team has been a treat.

  5. What is challenging about your role?

    Time management is critical to success. Learning how to properly balance projects is a challenge I enjoy.

  6. What do you want to accomplish?

    I’d love to play a part in the continuing betterment of Buffalo. Seeing how far the city has come and the potential of where it could go is something I find fascinating and exciting.

  7. What are you proud of?

    I’m proud of the career path I walked down that led me to Block Club. I had a few, what many would call “unique” positions that taught me a lot about what kind of professional I want to be.

  8. What was the most “unique” job you ever worked?

    I ran a small business for a local beer distributor operating pedal tours around the city and surrounding suburbs. It was a wild start to my career that forced me to learn things I never thought I would—like manually fixing a 15-passenger beer bike roadside.

  9. What do you do for fun?

    I play (and watch) basketball, and I enjoy spending time with my best friends and loved ones.

  10. What is one thing people might not know about you?

    I’m an avid consumer and collector of all things Nat King Cole, whether it be old vinyl records, books, or sheet music. He’s been my favorite musical interest for most of my life. He’s more than “The Christmas Song,” people!

  11. How would you describe yourself in one word?

    Introspective

  12. What are you passionate about?

    Learning as much as I can from the people around me. Every person has a different story and perspective on life, and I find those things to be increasingly valuable as I get older.

  13. What makes you nervous?

    Parking. I’m a very self-conscious parker. I never want to be “that guy.”

  14. What are you looking forward to?

    That’s an ever-moving target these days, but I’m excited for my upcoming Zoom fantasy football draft. My friends and I have organized a really fun league since we were about 13 years old, and it’s one of my nerdiest sports indulgences.

  15. Where do you want to go?

    I want to experience game seven of the NBA finals. I’m enticed by the pageantry and competitiveness.

  16. What inspires you?

    My friends. I’m blessed to be surrounded by truly talented people who give me that extra push in the right direction when I need it.

  17. Are there any brands that really resonate with you?

    I love Adidas. I think the way it crosses over between sports and lifestyle is an incredible example of a brand that understands its customer base and what their interests are outside of sports.

  18. What is the last thing you searched on Google?

    Ticket prices for a Hannibal Burress pop-up comedy show

  19. What makes you happy?

    Finding a song that I can and will inevitably run into the ground by replaying it way too many times

  20. Where is your favorite place in the world?

    Anywhere where I’m with the right people, a beer or two, and a great conversation

  21. What is your best habit?

    I have a perpetual fear of being late, so I am rarely tardy to anything.

  22. What is your worst habit?

    I’m not good at organizing my clothes. It’s been a weakness my entire life.

  23. What words do you live by (or try to)?

    “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

  24. Who do you look up to?

    My Dad. He’s the ultimate example of a hardworking and selfless person.

  25. What does an ideal day off of work look like?

    I always enjoy sleeping in, finding a frosty iced coffee at a local café, then hopping around the city with friends or family. Simple.

  26. What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I wanted to be a paleontologist. I carried a dinosaur encyclopedia in my backpack until I was in sixth grade.

  27. What did you love about paleontology?

    The fact that these skyscraper-esque creatures walked the same earth as us blew my mind.

  28. How do you want to be remembered?

    I want to be remembered as someone who always represented his family, friends, and place of employment to the best of his ability—someone who showed kindness and understanding to everyone.

  29. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

    Listen to people when they speak to you! Don’t begin formulating your response to someone before they are done talking. That’s something my Mom always told me.

  30. What are you grateful for?

    Now more than ever, I’m incredibly thankful to have a strong support system in my mom, dad, sister, and friends. When the world threw us all a curveball, it has been comforting to know I have great people in my corner.

  31. What’s your philosophy on life?

    Karma is real. Act accordingly.

  32. What’s the best movie of all time?

    The best movie of all time or my favorite movie of all time? The best movie is Godfather Part II. My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man dance gets me fired up every time.

  33. What’s on your bucket list this year?

    Going to a Buffalo Bills playoff game, home or away. I’m speaking it into existence.

  34. Do you have any vices?

    I’ve never been known to turn down a good cigar.

  35. What fictional character do you most relate to?

    Chewbacca—tall, lots of hair, gets irrationally upset when he loses, but deep down, he’s a big softy. There are a lot of parallels between me and my favorite Wookie.

  36. What’s been your biggest accomplishment to date?

    I’m really proud to be the first Reichert man to graduate from college. Seeing the pride in my father and grandfather in that moment is something I will never forget.

  37. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    I wanted to test my navigation skills, so I attempted my first eight-lane highway experience in San Diego without a GPS. It didn’t go well.