Lance Peroutka
Lance Peroutka
Principal / Agency Director
Lance Peroutka Principal / Agency Director
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What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?

Hot wings delivery guy. Soooo valuable. Where do they even come from?

Would you rather be the guy in a movie who gets the girl or the bad guy with all the good lines?

Acting is not my strength. But, when I do, I prefer to be the bad boy!

Most absurd thing you believed as a child

I'm not saying my friends and I actually tried to beam anyone up, but we researched what it would take.

Worst date memory

Forgetting my wallet. It was like Fast Times At Ridgemont High, but worse (I was wearing a corduroy suit.)

Sue Barrett
Sue Barrett
Business Manager
Sue Barrett Business Manager
Sue Barrett casual
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

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.

What is something you learned in the last week?

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.

What's your favorite cartoon character, actor, and band beginning with the letter W?

"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.

Nikki Peroutka
Nikki Peroutka
Director of Account Services
Nikki Peroutka Director of Account Services
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What's something most people don't know about you?

I'm 6'7" with the afro.

What's your favorite outdoor activity?

Shark fishing. Unfortunately, I don't often do it here in Wisconsin.

What is one of the strangest things you've ever done?

I ate sheep tongue soup in the Bahamas.

What is the most absurd thing you believed as a child?

That I could scrub off my freckles with a washcloth

What is your favorite lunchmeat?

Venison sausage (served with lettuce, Miracle Whip, and fresh white bread that sticks to the roof of your mouth ... mmmm).

Mike Dockum
Mike Dockum
Account Strategist
Mike Dockum Account Strategist
Mike Dockum casual
If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?

1) Hobo knife. 2) English-to-Mermaid dictionary. 3) Fine silk ascot that can double as a loincloth depending on humidity and humility.

You can time travel! Do you go to the past or the future?

Definitely the future. Backward time travel is only for Terminators and troublemakers.

Bummer, you're on death row. What's your final meal?

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.

If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be?

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!

Katie Bramschreiber
Katie Bramschreiber
Account Services Manager
Katie Bramschreiber Account Services Manager
Katie Bramschreiber casual
Do you collect anything?

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.

What are your top two pet peeves?

People who eat and breathe. Okay I should probably clarify, when I can hear people chewing or hear them breathing.

What is your favorite zoo animal?

Penguins, they show up to every occasion over dressed.

Who is the most intelligent person you know?

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.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how funny are you?

I feel like I should under promise over deliver on this one, so I am going to say 5.

Kara Hoelzel
Kara Hoelzel
AE/Brand Strategist
Kara Hoelzel AE/Brand Strategist
Kara Hoelzel casual
What is the most fun you've had this week?

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.

What's the sweetest present you've ever received?

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!

If you could have drinks with anyone, who would it be?

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.

What song were you obsessed with as a teenager?

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!

Jamie Mitchell
Jamie Mitchell
Account Executive
Jamie Mitchell Account Executive
Jamie Mitchell casual
You're given one week free of all responsibilities. How would you spend your time?

In Mexico or Bonaire scuba diving and laying on the beach with a margarita in hand and some great friends.

What was your favorite movie growing up?

There were so many memorable movies growing up I can't pick just one! Die Hard, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Full Metal Jacket, Goonies, The Breakfast Club, The Lost Boys, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman. The list goes on.

What is one inanimate object you would like to eliminate from existence?

We need an invention that can eliminate the need for all keys, because I can never seem to find them in the black hole of every handbag. Maybe a phone app or a chip we can implant on our bodies and program in new access codes as needed.

What's your favorite holiday?

Christmas. There's nothing like the glow of Christmas lights at night and shopping for friends and family. I have a habit of buying in for the gift, and another for myself :)

Liz Rasmussen
Liz Rasmussen
Account Executive
Liz Rasmussen Account Executive
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What takes up way too much of your time?

Pinning my dream kitchen and browsing for my next mistake.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Reasons to travel to Banff National Park in Canada. That, or the different types of meals you can make with shredded cheese as the primary ingredient.

What’s worth spending more on to get the best?

Wine, although maybe not "the best" but definitely "the better".

Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

I'm commonly referred to as "The Queen of Snacks". I make them, I eat them, I love them.

Derek Blaszak
Derek Blaszak
Director of Digital Marketing
Derek Blaszak Director of Digital Marketing
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If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?

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.

On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are?

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?

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

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.

Kate Shropshire
Kate Shropshire
Digital Marketing Specialist
Kate Shropshire Digital Marketing Specialist
Kate Shropshire casual
What was your favorite subject in school?

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.

What is your favorite grab-and-go meal?

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.

What do you like to do in the snow?

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."

Are you creative? In what way?

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.

Shelby Bake
Shelby Bake
Social Media Specialist
Shelby Bake Social Media Specialist
Shelby Bake casual
Which "Friends" character are you most like?

I'm a Monica. I love to cook and I tend to like things on the neat and tidy side of the cleanliness spectrum.

What are you most well-known for?

Friends and family would label me a pop culture enthusiast, but pop culture obsessive is more accurate. I binge watch like a professional.

Where is your most favorite place in the world?

Seated in front of a double Almond Joy latte at Luna Cafe.

What is your spirit animal?

I took a BuzzFeed quiz from 2014 that said I'm a Shiba Inu, but I'm most like the majestic giant panda. Clumsy, gentle, and prone to eating 14 hours a day if there's nothing else going on.

Tara Brzozowski
Tara Brzozowski
Director of Public Relations
Tara Brzozowski Director of Public Relations
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What is your favorite pizza?

Margarita—brick oven style with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

What is your idea of heaven?

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!

What is the funniest thing you've heard a child say?

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!"

What TV show would you like to be trapped in for a week?

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.

Chloe De Young
Chloe De Young
Public Relations Manager
Chloe De Young Public Relations Manager
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You're singing karaoke tonight (lucky us). What song do you choose?

Don’t. Stop. Belieeevin’!”

What was your first impression of Element?

These people are crazy … just like me!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

My husband/partner in crime and my “fur-babies” (kitties Chuck and Daphne).

Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?

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.]

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle
Public Relations Specialist
Becca Doyle Public Relations Specialist
Becca Doyle casual
What hobby would you try if time/money weren't an issue?

I've always wanted to learn how to surf, so that would definitely be at the top of my list. However, I have zero coordination so it would be a very short lived "Point Break" phase (minus the bank robbery, of course).

What skill would you like to master?

Is winking considered a skill? Because I can't wink and it's rather embarrassing.

What's the title of the current chapter of your life?

You, Me & Caffeine

What is your PR spirit animal?

I'd consider myself a Lab: fun, friendly and potentially a bit gullible, but also persistent and down-right stubborn when it comes time to work.

Kasey Steinbrinck
Kasey Steinbrinck
Director of Content Marketing
Kasey Steinbrinck Director of Content Marketing
Kasey Steinbrinck casual
What's the best concert you've ever attended?

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.

For what are you most grateful?

The opportunity to be a dad to my sons, because it allows me to keep playing with squirt guns, action figures and Legos.

What book has influenced you the most?

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.

What was one of the best parties you've ever been to?

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.

If you could get away with any crime, what would it be?

Bank robbery - so I could put together a crew of unsavory characters.

Bree Gaber
Bree Gaber
Content Marketing Specialist
Bree Gaber Content Marketing Specialist
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Who is your go-to band or musical artist and why?

Alan Jackson or Taylor Swift. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?

Can you tell us about something crazy you once did (and if you'd ever do it again)?

Skydiving! There's this feeling you the second you roll out of a plane that pairs with an extreme stomach-dropping sensation. As I was falling through the air (and my mouth was blubbering around from the intense speed of the air), I was once again reminded how extraordinary life is.

Would I do it again? ...Some day!

You can visit one place on Earth but for only 24 hours … where is it?

My husband and I enjoy nature and being outdoors. With that being said, I would love to go "glamping" in a treehouse in a secluded forest or national park. Maybe Alaska or Canada!

Who is your favorite author?

I love the feeling after reading a great book that feels as if it were written precisely for me. It's the right book at the right time in my life. And with the ebbs and flows of life come different authors who speak to me — which is why I do not have a specific favorite author!

Marcus Sanford
Marcus Sanford
Content Marketing Analyst
Marcus Sanford Content Marketing Analyst
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What makes you wildly happy?

Adventure of all kinds, whether urban or at national parks. I love new experiences and environments, especially when I can share them with my family and friends.

If you could time travel, to what time period would you go?

My analytical side says 1980, to invest in Apple’s IPO. That’s about a 35000% ROI! My creative side says sometime historical, like the American Revolution. It would be so amazing to see a world-impacting event play out in real time.

Where is the most interesting place you've been?

A day hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where we had to jump across chasms and hug the cliff walls in places. Found out later that trail was under repair… oops!

Would you rather have 3 wishes in 10 years or 1 today?

3 wishes in 10 years, absolutely. As they say, “be careful what you wish for,” and 10 years would give me plenty of time to come up with the best wishes. Those sneaky genies…

Mike Tessmer
Mike Tessmer
Creative Director
Mike Tessmer Creative Director
Mike Tessmer casual
Do you love or hate roller coasters? Any tales to tell?

My relationship with roller coasters has been kind of up and down over the years.

What is your favorite month of the year?

March, because the weather is like a roller coaster.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Coaster-Man! (protector of fine table surfaces)

Worst date memory

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.

Eric Severstad
Eric Severstad
Copywriter / Asst. Creative Director
Eric Severstad Copywriter / Asst. Creative Director
Eric Severstad casual
What's the best prank you've ever pulled?

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.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

"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.

What's the most money you've ever given away?

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.

Aaron Graff
Aaron Graff
Art Director
Aaron Graff Art Director
Aaron Graff casual
Would you rather enjoy a houseboat or speedboat?

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?

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?

How to take responsibility for your actions. Wow. Writing that made me feel really old.

What are your three favorite albums? Why?

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.

Joel Haase
Joel Haase
Art Director/Designer
Joel Haase Art Director/Designer
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If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would have to choose Rancho Cucamonga because it's ridiculously fun to say out loud.

What's your favorite zoo animal?

The hiphop-opotamus. Because his lyrics are bottomless.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

May contain nuts.

What's your favorite family recipe?

Live Well. Laugh Often. Love Much. (with a hint of paprika)

What are three things that you are most afraid of?

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.

Ann Behling
Ann Behling
Director of Publications
Ann Behling Director of Publications
Ann Behling casual
What traits in others are you attracted to?

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!

If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get?

A black jaguar. And, I would walk it everyday. Why? Because it's bad-ass, that's why.

When was the first time you saw the ocean?

1994 during Spring Break, Daytona Beach, Florida. I'm not at liberty to discuss any other events that transpired that week.

What's your favorite sound?

The sounds I hear walking through the woods up north on a breezy fall day.

If you could be given any gift, what would it be?

A singing voice. Ask me to sing, and you'll wish I had that gift, too.

Lori Schwartz
Lori Schwartz
Sr. Graphic Designer
Lori Schwartz Sr. Graphic Designer
Lori Schwartz casual
If you didn't need the money, what would you do for work?

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.

What is the most spectacular place you have been?

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.

Jenna Garvin
Jenna Garvin
Graphic Designer
Jenna Garvin Graphic Designer
Jenna Garvin casual
What is a gift you will never forget?

Warning. I am a total sap. When my husband, Cody, and I first started dating, it was right around the time when I was graduating college. I had begged my sister to fly back from Denver to attend my graduation, but she said she just couldn't swing it. Well, Cody knew how important it was for me to have my sister at my graduation, so he called her up, never having met her, and helped arrange for her to surprise me! Bonus: Cody and my sister ended up being insta-friends!

Do you have any pet peeves?

Pronunciation. My biggest stickler: PUMPKIN. An M + P does not = N... it's not 'punkin' [I want to hurl thinking about it.]

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

Shopping for clothes or ordering something new at a restaurant is as spontaneous as I get. No apologies for my need to plan and organize excessively.

You're at a friend's house for dinner, and you find a dead insect in your salad. What do you do?

I'd theatrically comment on how the salad of spring greens, arugula, and roach is just delectable!

Would you rather own a lizard or a snake? (Yes, you have to pick one.)

Lizard. If I must. A gecko wouldn't be terrible to look at. I could probably even justify making it an Instagram sensation.

Victoria Bates
Victoria Bates
Graphic Designer
Victoria Bates Graphic Designer
Victoria Bates casual
What’s rocking your world this month?

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. I started listening to it as a joke to get into fall, but now the joke’s on me because this song is an earworm. Ba-dee-yaaaaa...

If you could travel to only one more country, which would you choose?

Japan, hands down. I love the culture, landscape, and language. Also, I’ve yet to become a Pokémon Master and I owe it to my seven-year-old self to fulfill this dream.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep (and why)?

Twenty-two hours. (Five words: Lord of the Rings Marathon)

What is the one thing you will never do again?

Five words: Lord of the Rings Marathon.

Anders Goderstad
Anders Goderstad
Video Production Specialist
Anders Goderstad Video Production Specialist
Anders Goderstad casual
What is your dream vehicle?

The Millennium Falcon as seen in Star Wars. Parking would be a nightmare, but I would be able to travel the galaxy so it's an acceptable compromise.

What amazing thing did you do that no one was around to see?

I threw a dart over my shoulder from the opposite side of a bar and hit the exact center of the bullseye. It's the closest I'll ever be to feeling like a real ninja and no one saw it. I'm not even good at darts.

What movie title best describes your life?

The Amazing Spider-Man. Throughout my life for one reason or another I keep finding myself being assigned the nickname "Spider-Man". So this movie title is essentially one of my nicknames with "The Amazing" tagged on to the front of it.

Who is your most interesting friend?

My brother. I think the fact that we still hang out every couple days and both work in video production is pretty interesting.

Molly Wentworth
Molly Wentworth
Receptionist/Account Assistant
Molly Wentworth Receptionist/Account Assistant
Molly Wentworth casual
What is your favorite word?

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.

What words of wisdom would you pass onto your childhood self?

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.

If you could change one event from history, what would it be?

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.

Kayla Marcoe
Kayla Marcoe
Account Coordinator
Kayla Marcoe Account Coordinator
Kayla Marcoe casual
If you could learn one ninjalike skill, what would you learn?

Is teleportation ninjalike? I hope so, because that would be awesome. Ironically, not because of my answer to the next question!

What is the most awesome thing you've ever done?

Does awesome in a "how does that happen to someone" way count? I'll just assume it does... little 16-year-old me crashed on my driving test. I'm not a bad driver, I swear! Just nerves. Nobody got hurt, so it is pretty comical to look back on (though it was traumatic in the moment).

If your life was a classic '90s movie, what would the title be?

Homeward Bound (a spin-off of the dog movie). It would be about me staying home on weekend nights because I'm a homebody and, let's be real, I get enough excitement in my life that I don't feel the need to go searching for it. Fluke things like my driving test happen to me allllllll too often!

What are you passionate about?

Competing with and training my horse. I've owned her for almost 11 years, and it has been quite the journey! Horseback riding is one thing that I wouldn't give up for the world.

Jamie Weidman
Jamie Weidman
Traffic Manager
Jamie Weidman Traffic Manager
Jamie Weidman casual
What does your perfect day look like?

Lounging around binge watching an entire series on Netflix while someone cooks all of my meals. Grapes and a palm leaf optional.

Would you rather go to a comedy club or a dance club?

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 or life experience, which better prepares you for life?

University IS a life experience, so I say both. I learned time-management and how to best avoid creepy, dark alleys at 2am.

What should be taught in school that currently isn't?

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.

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton
Director of Technology
Kevin Hamilton Director of Technology
Kevin Hamilton casual
If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?

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.

If you were a criminal mastermind, what would be your criminal racket?

The legal term on my rap sheet would be something like "unauthorized access to computer networks." Yeah, that means "computer hacking."

What is the biggest obstacle preventing you from starting your own business?

Negotiating contracts+billing+finding new business+building relationships, etc. = Too many distractions taking time from doing what I love.

Ryan Hebl
Ryan Hebl
Sr. Web Developer
Ryan Hebl Sr. Web Developer
Ryan Hebl casual
Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

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.

What's the stupidest thing you've ever done?

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!"

What is the best dish you can cook?

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.

Complete this sentence: When I think of clowns, I think ...

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.

Jess Brisson
Jess Brisson
Web Developer
Jess Brisson Web Developer
Jess Brisson casual
Who was your favorite celebrity as a child?

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?

What is your greatest accomplishment?

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.

If you could live in any period of history, when would it be?

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.

Why did you choose your profession?

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.

Three words

Optimism - Technology - Coffee

Amanda Jackson
Amanda Jackson
Web Developer
Amanda Jackson Web Developer
Amanda Jackson casual
Do you collect anything?

I collect too many things! Books, playing cards, vinyl figures, Harry Potter merchandise, pictures of cats, actual cats, Hello Kitty pens, and pads of paper. My fiancé tells me I'm going to be a hoarder, but I don't believe him. I just like cute things. Oh, please don't mind the stacks of newspapers up to the ceiling!

What makes you laugh the most?

There's an episode of Bob's Burgers called 'Dawn of the Peck' and it cracks me up every time I watch it. Linda and the kids go to a Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving while Bob sulks at home because he's not cooking dinner. Linda and the kids get chased by turkeys, everything gets awkward, and Bob introduces his afternoon whisky to his CD collection.

You can only eat one meal for the rest of your life. What is it?

I could never get sick of pizza and you can make anything into a pizza! Fruit pizza, meat lovers pizza, veggie pizza, dessert pizza... *drools* I'm gonna go make a pizza now...

Do you have any pets?

Yes! My fiancé and I are crazy cat people with four kitties! Two girls, MeowMeow KittyMeow and Purrry Pocket, and two boys, Sir Pounce and Ut-Oh. The girls hate the boys and the boys just want to cuddle and play (they're younger). My cats are family to me and I'm happier having them in my life. Before these four cats, I grew up with 5 others! *Disclaimer: Crazy cat lady version of Amanda will come out at any given point, especially if you are the one to mention cats. Be prepared to see lots of cat pictures!

Sasquatch casual
Who in your life has influenced you the most?

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.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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!

What great book do you hope to write?

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.

Canuck casual
What is your favorite movie of all time?

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!

What is your greatest regret?

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.

Heard any good jokes?

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?"

Have you had any recent bad days?

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.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?


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