Principal / Agency Director
Hot wings delivery guy. Soooo valuable. Where do they even come from?
Acting is not my strength. But, when I do, I prefer to be the bad boy!
I'm not saying my friends and I actually tried to beam anyone up, but we researched what it would take.
Forgetting my wallet. It was like Fast Times At Ridgemont High, but worse (I was wearing a corduroy suit.)
A hawk. They're one of my favorite animals to watch. I always feel like good luck is around when I see one (I'm very superstitious). I want to be high above the ground with the resources to quickly head south without relying on airlines.
Way too much. Apparently I need to watch Dumb & Dumber because I'm missing out on something; you should always trust your instincts (I relearn that one weekly); the character of Woodstock was going to be a girl but was changed at the last minute to male.
"W," huh? Maybe an easier letter next time? Cartoon: Woodstock, Snoopy's little bird buddy. Actor: Denzel Washington. He's nice to watch if you know what I mean. Band: little from which to choose. Wham? Not going there.
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I'm 6'7" with the afro.
Shark fishing. Unfortunately, I don't often do it here in Wisconsin.
I ate sheep tongue soup in the Bahamas.
That I could scrub off my freckles with a washcloth
Venison sausage (served with lettuce, Miracle Whip, and fresh white bread that sticks to the roof of your mouth ... mmmm).
1) Hobo knife. 2) English-to-Mermaid dictionary. 3) Fine silk ascot that can double as a loincloth depending on humidity and humility.
Definitely the future. Backward time travel is only for Terminators and troublemakers.
Enough puffer fish sushi to kill a whale. I love to try new foods, and I loathe electric chairs, gallows, lethal injections, and firing squads.
Assuming that I can move around inside the book like Gumby, I pick The Bible. Where else can you explore the whole of time, from the dawn of creation until the end of days? Not even George R. R. Martin writes on that kind of scale!
I wouldn't call it a collection, but I do keep every greeting card I receive (birthday, Christmas, etc). There is something about the handwriting of your loved ones that I can't part with.
People who eat and breathe. Okay I should probably clarify, when I can hear people chewing or hear them breathing.
Penguins, they show up to every occasion over dressed.
My Dad. He has an answer or explanation for every question. Is he always correct or do I just believe him because he is my Dad? Well, that is open for conversation.
I feel like I should under promise over deliver on this one, so I am going to say 5.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to laugh and love making others laugh as well. Perhaps the people I enjoy making laugh the most are my children. This week both of my kids were sick and not feeling too great. Despite being under the weather, my son Owen was able to crank out some belly laughs for me. I don’t know why making weird faces at him always gets a giggle, maybe I’m odd looking to him… Whatever the reason, their laughter is the best sound in the world and laughing with my kids is always a fun time for me.
The sweetest gift I ever received? I have a few that come to mind, but a trip to Chicago, a ticket to the band Muse and a marriage proposal take the cake!
The person I would want to get drinks with always changes. Currently, I would love to sip a drink with Sir Ken Robinson. I recently watched his Ted talk on how the educational system is stifling creativity. Given he is a leader in the development of innovation and creativity, I would love to pick his brain on how I can best foster the talents my children have and how I can stay on my A-game as it relates to developing creative solutions for work and home.
ONE song? I love all, OK most, kinds of music so I really can’t narrow it down to one. If I think back to my tapes and Walkman… yes, I’m aging myself… I was listening to Bobby Brown, Alice in Chains, Queen, Madonna, Fine Young Cannibals, Van Halen, Sting… So, to pick one song I will go to the song I’m currently obsessed with which is Reapers by Muse. Check back with me in a week or two. It will be different!
Director of Digital Marketing
Not exactly a random skill, but I would really like to be more mechanically inclined. Incredibly awesome ninja skills are cool but not as practical.
I consider myself a 7 on the funny scale. My wife would probably rate me a 3. She doesn't see situational humor the same way I do. But, on the bright side, I now know never to make fun of anything to do with her getting ready to go out, driving, clothes, paint color selections, cleanliness, handwriting, decision making, friends and family, favorite movies, childhood, the newly acquainted "yooper" accent, wait ... she's not going to see this, is she?
George Washington ... well, him or Jimmy Buffett. Wide spectrum, I know. If you would've asked me two years ago, I would have said the cast of Jersey Shore. I think I better just stop talking now.
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Geography, especially 5th grade. It sparked my desire to travel to all five Great Lakes, 50 states (and their capitals), seven continents, and 200+ countries. So far, I've ventured to a couple countries and most of the states, but I have a long way to go. Mr. Ford would be proud.
Chipotle burrito bowl with a side of chips and guacamole. According to the seats of my car, they aren't as grab-and-go as I thought.
I like to look at snow. From inside a warm home. Wrapped up on a cozy couch. While drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon. I call it "Winter Winebernation."
Cooking. Recipes are a great start, but I love to get creative and make them my own. Right now, I'm on a Brussels sprouts kick. Seriously! Sauté some with bacon, garlic, and shallots. Drool, drool.
Director of Public Relations
Margarita—brick oven style with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
Speaking of food, heaven to me is a place where I could eat all of the delicious food I want and never gain a pound. Oh, and in heaven there's no housework. And, no alarm clocks!
My 1-year-old daughter is just starting to talk. Lately her favorite thing is to make animal sounds. At random moments she'll look at you and yell, "Moo!" "Quack!" or "Baa!"
As a PR girl, it' s got to be "Scandal." I'd love to hang out with Olivia Pope for a week, go shopping, drink fine wine, and go behind the scenes at the White House.
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It was Ben Folds at Summerfest. His plane was delayed, and a huge crowd was waiting and waiting after the opening act ended. It was so packed people were standing sideways on bleachers. Then just before I started throwing elbows as claustrophobia got the best of me - Ben hit the stage and put on a really fun show.
The opportunity to be a dad to my sons, because it allows me to keep playing with squirt guns, action figures and Legos.
Cognitive Surplus, by Clay Shirky. It's about how technology is helping people create things and change the world in collaboration with each other. I also can't neglect to mention the impact Where the Wild Things Are has had on my life.
The best parties you forget the next morning. My son had a pretty sweet 6th birthday party though. He got a metal detector. Now I have a metal detector too.
Bank robbery - so I could put together a crew of unsavory characters.
Public Relations Specialist
Don’t. Stop. Belieeevin’!”
These people are crazy … just like me!
My husband/partner in crime and my “fur-babies” (kitties Chuck and Daphne).
Does it make me a bad person if I say “yes” with lots of exclamation points? [Answering “yes” doesn’t make you a bad person, Chloe, but using multiple exclamation points does.]
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Debate. I’m a big fan of structured arguments (my fiancé would agree). I was on the varsity debate team for three years in high school and went to state twice. Taking the courses in school and participating in tournaments helped shape my public speaking skills and ignited an interest in communications as a college degree.
Move three times to two different states in one year – as nomadic as I claim myself to be, I’m looking forward to staying put in Wisconsin for a long while. That, or subject myself to a 6-seater plane ride over the Taiya Inlet near Skagway, Alaska. Although I’m quite confident I stopped breathing a few times along the way, I would likely go again -- the views of the Boundary Ranges are incomparable to anything I’ve seen.
Brains, definitely. But neither are as important to me as having a sense of humor. I spend a great deal of time making fun of myself (I’d like to think most of it is intentional) so being in good company with others who love to laugh and laugh often is a key ingredient to a happy life.
Huckleberry Hound. He and I share a lot of similar traits, namely that we’re both tone deaf but we love to sing. I love that he isn’t afraid to try anything and even if he doesn’t succeed, nothing is considered a failure. That and he looks good in any type of headwear.
If I could bypass all of the time necessary to travel, I’d love to check out a beach in Thailand. Somewhere remote, like an island in Trang would be beautiful and relaxing. My second choice would be to grab a pint at the Green Dragon onset of the Hobbit films in New Zealand.
My relationship with roller coasters has been kind of up and down over the years.
March, because the weather is like a roller coaster.
Coaster-Man! (protector of fine table surfaces)
Pulled into the girl's driveway and remembered that my car didn't have reverse. After nervously going to the door, meeting her dad, etc., we leave. I start the car, put it in neutral, leave the driver's door open, grab the front bumper and start to push. This is a big car, so it takes a bit of rocking. As I slowly push it down the drive, I look up and see her dad watching from the picture window, arms crossed, very unhappy. Great way to impress the old man.
Copywriter / Asst. Creative Director
My friend and I call it the "Cemetery Prank." On a dark night, I drive my girlfriend to the cemetery and park the car. After a few uncomfortable minutes, my buddy, wearing a spooky mask and trench coat, sits up from a gravesite and walks toward the car. Obviously, much hilarity ensues, as well as looking for a new girlfriend.
"Hot Rocks" double album by The Rolling Stones. The first of many vinyl purchases, and I still have the record. Paper route money well spent.
A coworker and group of friends were hitting my favorite bar because it had a great offering of craft beers. Although I couldn't meet them out, I did buy the group of 12 their first round, which I had already pre-paid with the bartender earlier in the week.
Definitely a houseboat … with a paddle wheel … and a hammock. However, I don't swim well, so can I put it on wheels and tour the country that way?
How to take responsibility for your actions. Wow. Writing that made me feel really old.
Always a painful question, but here they are in no particular order: Weezer, "Blue Album"—Released the year I spent every possible hour snowboarding, this album never fails to put a smile on my face. Death Cab for Cutie, "Plans"—This one has the song we played at our wedding, so it’ll always hold a special place for me. Fugazi, "13 Songs"—These days I actually gravitate toward their later albums, but I can't deny the record that got me started.
I would have to choose Rancho Cucamonga because it's ridiculously fun to say out loud.
The hiphop-opotamus. Because his lyrics are bottomless.
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Live Well. Laugh Often. Love Much. (with a hint of paprika)
I am terrified of overexuberant clowns, dead-eyed great white sharks, and ice cream truck calliope music. And to boot, I am especially afraid of shark-riding clowns who love to whistle ice cream truck calliope music. I don't want to talk about this anymore.
Director of Publications
Sense of humor, adventurousness, and loyalty. You'd think only a dog could have all three. But, I found the man who possesses the trifecta!
A black jaguar. And, I would walk it everyday. Why? Because it's bad-ass, that's why.
1994 during Spring Break, Daytona Beach, Florida. I'm not at liberty to discuss any other events that transpired that week.
The sounds I hear walking through the woods up north on a breezy fall day.
A singing voice. Ask me to sing, and you'll wish I had that gift, too.
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It would definitely have to involve beer and sailing around the world. I would sail to new lands and learn as much as I could about different beer and brewing styles from brewmasters. Then, steal their secrets for my own beer.
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The bay completely empties out every day leaving fishing boats "dry docked." It was crazy to see huge boats resting on land. One day, we rented kayaks and paddled in caves and stuff. We left when the tide was coming in but stayed out too long, and the bay started to empty. We ended up having to hike the kayaks though a foot of muck to shore, it was worth it though.
When folks share and talk positively with genuine passion about anything. Oh, and popcorn.
I’ve had a longstanding crush on the bubbly bark of the under-appreciated dogfish (it’s two pets in one.)
"Cool." But, I'll actually answer to anything.
Now, the right now, this very moment ... is all there is. NOW! It doesn't mean you don't make plans nor reflect on the past, but setting goals and looking back is still done in the right now!
Interactive Art Director/UI Specialist
Denmark. I’m fascinated by Vikings, Scandinavian furniture design, and black metal.
“Everyone Poops” by Taro Gomi. Sure, it’s repetitive and oversimplified, but it cuts through our differences and sets up common ground over which we can all relate to one another.
A mantis shrimp. Their eyes have 16 color photoreceptors (compared to a human’s 3), so they see the infrared and ultraviolet spectrum range. They strike their prey with club-like appendages at speeds of up to 10,000 times the force of gravity, which causes the water in front of them to boil. They can crack aquarium glass as well as the shells of the crabs on which they prey. Obviously, I can do none of these things; I just think they’re pretty neat.
Serendipity. It is "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way." I love the idea of a happy accident. Also, "Serendipity" is one of my favorite movies. Now, I have to try that New Glarus fruit beer.
Spiders, clowns, and people in mascot costumes are NOT terrifying. Please face these fears now so your adult self doesn’t have to be tortured.
Now, that sounds dangerous! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from time travel films, it’s that you should not change how anything happened in history. Just one simple change—the bagel I choose for breakfast—could have huge repercussions on the future! I’ll keep my life the way it is, thank you.
Lounging around binge watching an entire series on Netflix while someone cooks all of my meals. Grapes and a palm leaf optional.
A dance club where the DJ desperately wants to be a comedian. So, he plays good music and does his set in-between songs. Weddings are his highest paid gigs, but he does clubs for the thrill. I think I just accidentally pitched an Adam Sandler movie...
University IS a life experience, so I say both. I learned time-management and how to best avoid creepy, dark alleys at 2am.
I can't even begin to guess what kids are learning in school these days. By the time my daughter gets to kindergarten, kids will be doing Google internships.
Director of Technology
I'm thinking Bill Hader. He's intelligent, really likable, kinda nerdy, and never takes himself too seriously. It would certainly take someone with his caliber of creativity to turn the story of my life into something people could actually sit through for 90 minutes.
The legal term on my rap sheet would be something like "unauthorized access to computer networks." Yeah, that means "computer hacking."
Negotiating contracts+billing+finding new business+building relationships, etc. = Too many distractions taking time from doing what I love.
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Growing a beard is not only a way to camouflage yourself better in the woods, scare small children, and keep food scraps for later. It's also a competition of which I'm the reigning champion 3 years running.
Skipping the details to protect the names of the families and fellow accomplices, let's just say that the age-old phrase was uttered: "Hold my beer. Watch this!"
Venison tenderloin and potatoes is my specialty. Unless there's a mess of panfish ready for the deep fryer. These dishes are always complemented nicely with an ice-cold beverage of choice.
I think of Red Skelton on old VHS tapes from the '60s that I used to watch at my grandparents' house when I was a kid. They were old comedy movies and were actually pretty hilarious.
When I was a child, my ideas of celebrities were a bit different than now. With that being said, I would have to say Mega Man. What isn't there to like about a power hijacking super cyborg that fights in the name of justice?
My greatest accomplishment is my constant drive for knowledge and continual learning. No, I wouldn't say putting 500+ hours into Fallout is an accomplishment over an obsession.
The 1940s - 1950s; To be part of the early modern computer discovery and to live in a time where music, food, and American culture was really booming.
I am not sure if I chose it or it chose me. My family was a bunch of geeky artists that loved art and technology. I just fell right in, and web development is the best of both worlds.
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Without a doubt, it's Charles Darwin. His contributions to evolutionary theory shaped the scientific community we now know. On a personal level, I feel empowered to continue my intellectual growth. For example, I'm not ashamed to move beyond fruits and nuts, developing a refined palate for lemongrass-accented fruits and nuts.
I've always found Italy to be fascinating. The rich art and history, world-class dining, window shopping, and ancient ruins. And, don't get me started with the romance ... va va voom!
I've managed to escape detection, for the most part, going on 100 years now. During that time, I've developed a specific skill set from which others could benefit. So, the working title of my book is Ninja of the North: Stealth Secrets of the Sasquatch.
Without a doubt, it's The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Sure this 2000 film lacked the charm of the TV series, and Rocky got all the glory. But, what a magician that moose was! Presto!
Ahhh, there was a young cow (that's a female moose, you star-spangled sissy) named Poutine. Her coat was softer than a Saskatoon sunset. Her eyes were more lovely than a Thunder Bay lake. Her hoofs were ... well, you get the idea. Anyway, I never did ask her to the Moose Lodge Ball. I was painfully shy back then.
Years ago, founders of the great country up north decided to name it. Every letter of the alphabet was put into a hat, drawn at random, and announced aloud. First letter: "C, aye?" Second letter was selected: "N, aye?" And, the third: "D, aye?"
Ohhhh, yeah. The northern Canadian wilderness was peaceful and magnificent; a typical day up in those parts. Then, BOOM! A shot rang out, and everything changed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my current surroundings. But, I didn't even have a chance to use Canada's legendary health care system.
by Badger State Brewing Company, Green Bay, WI
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It IS possible to stay serious about our clients’ performance and enjoy the process. Element believes in working hard, implementing a true team approach, and focusing on marketing executions that coordinate with a client’s sales efforts. If that includes some laughs, ping pong, and Wisconsin craft beer, so much the better.