Our Director of Operations is the beauty and brains behind Dealflicks’ daily grind. Our Talya Ercag puts the “crush” in Women Crush Wednesday.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Talya lived in Turkey for most her life. At age 15, she moved to Vancouver, Canada to finish out high school. And then, she made her way down to sunny California to major in Business Administration with a minor in Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
Relaxed, fit, and always bubbly, you can see her wizzing away at her computer, speaking to customers, training new interns all the while tucked under her cozy Alpha Phi blanket.
After graduating college with coincidentally the perfect degree for the company, Talya jumped straight into the business alongside the three co-founders team. Expecting to work a “9-5 job” after college, Talya was completely surprised when her first week at Dealflicks she worked until 8:30-9 pm. She admits, “At first the job was taxing, the co-founders expected a lot from the new hires. It was a lot of long hours and a lot of long days.” She was also the only girl out of seven guys who was working at Dealflicks. However, it all has seemed to pay off, as she is now not only seen as our fierce, tiny “Business woman” but also as the Deaflicks “Princess”. When the guys drive 6-12 hours in the ManVan to business conventions around the country, Princess Talya gets a quick plane ride to the occasion. And of course, she never sleeps on the floor!
However, Talya deserves all the perks of being our Princess. She essentially pioneered the way for all the new interns and community managers. She started all the procedures and methods for Dealflicks’ marketing, customer service, social media, and public relations. Now that she has a faithful, well-trained group of interns under her, she take care of almost everything else the sales and product team isn’t doing. Easy right?
As Director of Operations, she puts all the great showtimes on the website, signs up theaters, overseas customer service, social media, and our outsource member in India. She also relays back to the CEO and product team the upgrades and changes to the website that can make her and the customers’ lives easier.
Talya manages all these important responsibility along with a healthy lifestyle. Skipping her lunch hour and eating at her desk, she makes it a point to get in her hour of cardio and weight training everyday. Her equation: eat every three hours + work out two hours after eating = fit, happy, productive Talya. She also tries to get the other guys motivated to not eat too many hamburgers, and go on a run!
When Talya started there was about 75 theaters and now there is about 300+ theaters live. Her goal is to be with Dealflicks at each stage. When Dealflicks becomes profitable, reaches all 50 states, and goes abroad, especially in Canada!
Talya’s favorite thing about her Dealficks family is their Drive. The guy’s ability to go on a six week ManVan trips to bring the business to theaters across the countries. Even new hires passion to get up and do a grueling transcontinental tour without much emotional attachment to the company. Ultimately, Dealflicks is made up of self-motivated, hardworking, and fun family members…and Talya is one of the pieces we couldn’t replace.
Talya with some of the Dealflicks guys Chris Im and Kevin Hong.