|About Stacey Sanner
|July 26, 1960
|Reggie Fils-Aimé 2010
|Christopher Colt, Amy Luce
|Isobel Colt, Donald Sanner
|PR Consultant, Photographer, Author, Freelance Journalist
|John Carroll University
|Keeping a Blue Light On: A Citizen’s Tribute to the Seattle Police Department
Reggie Fils-Aimé is set to retire as the president and COO of Nintendo of America on April 15, 2019, after 15 years with the gaming giant. He came to Nintendo after a stint at VH1 where he met the love of his life, Stacey Sanner. Now that Nintendo meme legend Fils-Aimé is retiring, the spotlight has fallen onto his wife. We’ve got Stacey Sanner’s wiki for everything on Reggie Fils-Aimé’s wife.
She’s a PR Professional
Stacey Marie Sanner was born on July 26, 1960 and is 58 years old. She hails from Erie, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Isobel Colt and Donald Sanner. She has two siblings from her mother’s second marriage.
Stacey has an accomplished career in the field of public relations that spans over three decades. After graduating from Ohio’s John Carroll University in 1982 with a BA in English, Sanner embarked on a successful PR career.
She started out as an account executive in the Cleveland PR firms, Creative Production Services, Edward Howard & Co., Carlton & Douglas, and M&C Salls. She was then a publicity manager for the Cleveland-based theater Playhouse Square for four years.
Sanner later moved to California, where she brought her expertise to Restless Records and A&M Records as Publicity Director.
The highlight of Sanner’s PR career was when she joined VH1, part of Viacom’s former MTV Networks division, in New York. Between 1996 and 2001, she devised creative PR strategies that transformed VH1 into a hub of original programming with shows like Behind the Music, Pop-Up Video, and Divas.
She later worked for the New York-based agency Goodman Media before taking over as Director of Communications at the Time Inc. publication Teen People magazine.
She now resides in Kirkland, Washington and has worked in Seattle. After handling accounts for HTC, Windows, and Amazon at Waggener Edstrom as VP of Global Consumer Practice, she started her own firm, Sanner Strategic PR, in 2008. She closed her firm in 2012 to follow her other passions of photography, video production, and serving the local police department.
She Authored a Book on Seattle Police
There’s not much known about Sanner’s family. However, she mentioned in a tribute to deceased Pennsylvania officer Sgt. Leo Jonas Waldinger that she had recently discovered he was her great uncle. By then, Sanner had already become an integral presence in the Seattle Police Department and felt honored to be related to a brave officer.
Having witnessed 9/11 while she was in New York, Sanner held a desire to do something to pay tribute to the police officers who put their lives on the line. “I lived in New York City during 9/11. It was the first time I had ever seen police officers thanked for anything,” Stacey wrote. “My feeling was that we cannot honor law enforcement only when tragedy strikes. We have to appreciate them every day.”
Since 2010, Sanner has devoted herself to working for law enforcement. She was inspired by five Seattle officers who lost their lives on duty.
She turned her passion project, Keeping a Blue Light On: A Citizen’s Tribute to the Seattle Police Department, into a book she published in 2010.
Switching from PR to photography, she had taken pictures of members of the Seattle Police Department and paired each photographic portrait with a deeply moving interview of the officer.
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As the principal of Stacey Sanner Productions, she produces visual content for events through photography and videos. She has continued on the same path, producing SPD’s annual Seattle Police Awards Banquet.
She also holds events for Seattle locals to support the police and even produces the department’s recruiting videos. In 2018, she was appointed a member of the Seattle Police Foundation board.
Her book is not her first foray into writing. She has worked as a freelance journalist, reviewing concerts in Ohio and also writing for Variety. Her work has introduced her to several iconic personalities like David Bowie, something she rightfully boasts about on her Instagram.
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I had the opportunity to meet David Bowie when I worked for VH1. He performed for Storytellers. He was so down to earth, witty, self-deprecating, inspiring and simply charming. In addition to being one of the most creative beings to ever walk the planet. Life here on earth will not be the same without him.
She Met Reggie Fils-Aimé at VH1
Before he came to Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé was senior vice president of VH1 from 2001 to 2003. Though Sanner had left the network in 2001, she’d met the new VP and they hit it off.
Fils-Aimé’s romantic mode of communication was to leave her early morning voicemails. On the day of their first date, he left a voicemail detailing their dinner plans. The day after their date, he left a voicemail saying he had a great time with her.
They later went to Mexico on their first vacation together. At that time, Reggie gave her a present every day. (Can he get any more romantic?!)
Fils-Aimé keeps details about his personal life private, lest overzealous fans should pry too much. He doesn’t share their address, nor does he give many specifics about his wedding to Sanner. They reportedly married in 2010 and settled in Seattle.
The soon-to-be former president of NOA has three children from a previous marriage. He and Sanner don’t have any kids of their own.
In a statement announcing his retirement, Fils-Aimé said, “As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family, and friends.”
Knowing that he’s quite the romantic, Reggie Fils-Aimé will probably make the most of retired life with Stacey Sanner.