Little League umpire…you’re outta here! I also bore the prestigious title of concrete mucker…which basically meant I shoveled wet concrete from one spot to another spot all day long while old men yelled at me from their perch in the shade, “You’re young, this should be easy!” Those memories drove me to give it my all in college (so I could find a career elsewhere).
“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.” —Bill Hybels
Great leadership, the Colorado State Rams, New Mexican green chile, Colorado powder days, my family, and my faith
Pizza delivery driver – held the shop record for most pizzas delivered in a shift (without a speeding ticket)
“Don’t limit your options.” – Some guy who came to speak at my high school
“To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.” – Thoreau
Spending more time outside
HP Account Manager
Chick-fil-A: Cashier, dining hall, drive-thru, cook. I did it all. “My pleasure!”
“Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, dance like no one is watching, sing like no one’s listening, live like there’s no tomorrow.” – Unknown
“I believe I can fly” by R. Kelly (Space Jam)
Bear: You’re happiest when in charge. You lead with courage, integrity, and compassion. People gravitate to your confidence and charisma, and they feel safe in your care. It's hard when you're away from the people who love you. You never do anything alone; a trip for one has no interest for you unless it's a trip to find love that you don't have.
Serving yogurt at TCBY in Fort Collins (before it was self-service…a long, long time ago)
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
Knowing I have made someone smile
Scraping drywall paste
Do it now.
Denver Broncos, Burns Marketing, family
A great cabernet
Serving drunk people all-you-can-eat breakfast at Shoney’s (Big Boy for those of you who live up north)
“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert H. Schuller
This, too, shall pass.
Sitting inside by the fire while watching fat snowflakes fall outside (the calm before the dreaded shoveling)
Raccoon sanctuary employee
"I'm a bitch, I'm a lover..." My sisters used to scream this at me while I practiced piano.
Hiking, writing music, being mediocre at life
IT Systems Engineer
Kmart – garden shop department
“Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – the most famous of which is ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’” – The Princess Bride
Anything tech related, Star Wars-related, and comic books, specifically Punisher comics
Hockey, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, travel
“Just figure it out” – Thanks, dad
“That’s How I Beat Shaq” by Aaron Carter
Geico’s “So easy a caveman could do it.” So simple, so brilliant, so quickly gets the point across to communicate a new differentiator among insurance companies.
Playing with dogs, meeting new dogs, walking dogs, seeing my dog, dogs
User Experience Lead
Bus boy, followed by flower delivery man (boy did I grow up quick)
“Find what you love, and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski
You have more time than you think. This was in reference to playing hockey as a child. My first year playing I would panic whenever someone would approach; I’d pass the puck. To me, it was advice to stay calm. Don’t panic. You can probably beat this guy.
Craft beer, camping, skateboarding, bike rides
VP Operations, Account Management
“They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Lots of folks have been given credit for this quote, including Teddy Roosevelt, John C. Maxwell, and Pat Summitt.
Family, friends, cooking
So many – but the Pantene “Boss/Bossy” would have been pretty great!
Working together and genuine kindness
“In regards to dogs being man’s best friend: Lock your wife and your dog in the closet. Come back in an hour. Which one is happy to see you?” – Miso
Don’t pee into the wind.
Cleveland sports, family, friends, good food, motorcycles, skiing
Managing Director, UK
Hand coding my dad’s company’s website in 1995 when I was 14 years old. It was amazing and terrible at the same time. My HTML skills stopped there.
"Thanks for the website, Ben. I've asked a friend of mine to fix it." – Dad
Benny Hill, of course...
Replying to these questions as late as possible.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
“I see that you boys are thinking about sticking your tongues on that electric fence. I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” We did. We should have listened. #regret
I wish I could have been part of Heineken’s prank/PR stunt called “The Dilemma.” I like beer, sports, pranks, and viral content, so this would have been a blast to be a part of.
Family get-togethers around a campfire with 4 to 6 guitars being passed around between multiple generations. I love when the older relatives pass down the “family songs” to the next generation.
Senior Interactive Producer
"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin
An Owl. Apparently I’m wise and all-knowing. Watch out.
The launch for the Eiffel Tower at the 1889 World’s Fair. The beginning of a part of architectural and cultural history
Filing away patient records at a cardiologist’s office. Provided my first exposure to EKGs and all that is HIPAA-protected today
“I don’t know karate, but I know ka-razy!” – James Brown
"Never write down what you don't want someone to read." – Requested not to be quoted
“Rio” by Duran Duran
I’m a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and making my Little Sister laugh definitely makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
Mucking out stalls at the local fair grounds when I was 13…$0.75 per hour!
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." – Thomas Jefferson
Be the best you can be at what you do and be dependable doing it.
Playing with our grandson!
Senior Account Manager
"Just keep swimming." – Finding Nemo
At work: take a vacation, don’t stress the small stuff, and find time to laugh every day – because life is too funny to miss out on that.
My boy, Taft. Our pumpkin farm. Pilates
Jeep 75th anniversary, or Always #likeagirl
IT Systems Engineer Lead
“Have fun stormin’ da castle!” – Miracle Max in The Princess Bride
Track 1: "Main Titles/Rebel Blockade Runner" on the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope soundtrack by John Williams
I don’t think they let the IT team do that…probably for good reason!
Hearing “I just reset my own password!”
Director of Brand Strategy
Usher/ticket sales at an outdoor amphitheater in Peachtree City, GA
“It’s a moo point. It’s like a cow’s opinion; it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.” – Joey Tribbiani from Friends
America, the agility Lhasa
Golfing, skiing, traveling, family, and the serial comma
Hardware store (paint counter, forklift, customer service)
“The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to ‘overcome’ doubt.” – Joyce Carol Oates
(For business) Building a good team is about using each other's differences, not finding people who are the same.
“Highway to the Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” – Erza T. Benson
My Pink Smashing Morning Pumpkins Floyd Jacket
Van Halen’s “Jump,” which was also on my first record (1984)
“Does this train of thought have a caboose?” or “Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!”
Work smarter and not harder. There’s always an easier way to do something but it’s up to you to find it.
Ghostbusters theme song
Senior VP, Account Management
I babysat at a country club for $0.75 per hour, no matter how many kids I was watching! My second job was piercing ears in a gift shop.
“I’d admit that you’re right, but then we’d both be wrong.”
Tie: Deep Purple and Aerosmith
My grandkids running at me with sheer joy!
Dave Matthews Band
Outdoors (camping, hiking, skiing) and sports (hockey, baseball)
Cuddling with a cat – a kitten preferably
“Quiet, fish!” – from Despicable Me
Never assume – always ask
Cooking/baking, homeless outreach, organizing all things
Snuggling with my kids. Oh, and wine, too!
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t make anything harder than it has to be.
My husband, my dog Charlie, or Mac the cat
“You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.” – Dennis, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Nine Inch Nails
Color (theory, symbolism, and psychology), drawing, creating
Blazing hiking trails and planting trees for the U.S. Forest Service
Puppies, kittens, bubble baths, and fuzzy socks. Literally. Fuzzy socks make me feel fuzzy inside.
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar. I used to be competitive. Well okay, I’m still competitive. Bring it!
My family, soccer, the Marines, tattoos, and extreme organizing