What’s the most memorable or unusual thing to happen to you while working here?
One time I drank Malort out of a chip bag with my coworkers and bosses at a company picnic.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
After mid-October I’ll spend most of my free time being a dad but until then I usually spend my time playing drums in one of my bands, watching horror movies, reading comics, playing video games, or finding some way to annoy my wife.
What's one item on your bucket list and why?
Getting bitten by a shark. Not one that’s big enough to do major damage. Just one big enough so when people see the scar they ask, “Oh, what happened?!” and I can say “No big deal, I just got bit by a shark.”
You’re about to give a big client presentation. What’s your walk-up song as you approach the microphone?
“Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News because their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor. In '87, Huey released this; Fore!, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to Be Square." A song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of nonconformity and the importance of trends. It's also a personal statement about the band itself.
If you could change any work policy, what would it be and why?
Definitely add a Wacky Tie Wednesday. I know we could probably wear a wacky tie on Wednesday anyway but it would just be nice to have something on the books.
Do you have any creative talents you’d like to share?
I’ve been a drummer since I was a kid and have played in a handful of bands. I’m currently playing in a punk rock/emo cover band and a part time original band.
If you could pick one superpower for work, what would it be and why? And what’s your superhero name?
Spidey-Sense so I could see the support requests before they hit my inbox. Plus it’d just be cool to have an excuse to be Spider-Man. As for the name, I’d probably go with Not-Spider-Man-Man.
It’s your birthday dinner. What anything-goes meal are you requesting?
Two-hour, no holds barred, crab leg buffet cage match. Like the “Bonesaw is ready!” kind but instead of three minutes it’s two hours and instead of wrestling it’s a crab leg buffet.
What personality trait of yours best serves your job?
I’m kind of an attention seeker/class clown but I think in doses it adds some levity to the group and boosts team morale.
What would it surprise your coworkers to know about you?
One time one of my bands got to play Enterprise Center with Bon Jovi. Some of them already know that but I’ll never pass up a chance to bring that up since that was 100% where I peaked as a musician.