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About People

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Judy Vogt

Judy Vogt

Senior Project Manager

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Bonfires with neighbors or cooking

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
I’m a mom, I already have super powers

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
A Pumpkin or Egg Nog Shake from Oberweis

What’s your dream vacation?
Warm, white, sand. Blue water. A book nearby, and drinks.

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Judy Vogt
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Tony Olson

Tony Olson

Owner & CEO

What is your dream vacation?
Take the summer off to backpack Central and South America, grow out my goatee and decorate it with beads.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • My grandfather is a Sioux Indian and lived on a reservation.
  • I can dunk a basketball
  • I graduated high school when I was 16

What would you sell your soul for?
To be 10 and know what I know now.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Really good food with a nice bottle of wine

What color do you think represents you?
My head says blue, my heart says fiery red.

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Tony Olson
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Jenny Leckie

Jenny Leckie

On-Site Business Consultant

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Time travel. How much cooler would it be to experience history than to just read about it?

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Pop music from the 90s. And the Kardashians

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Bag of gummy worms

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Hiking with my pups

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Jenny Leckie
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Nate Vaughan

Nate Vaughan

Technical Specialist

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Music Production

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Flight – for the views

What’s your dream vacation?
Paris

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Swedish Pop

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Nate Vaughan
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Sonia Gawel

Sonia Gawel

Business Analytics Manager

What’s your dream vacation?
One week SCUBA diving in Fiji, one week exploring and diving on New Zealand’s North Island, and one week driving an RV, hiking, and doing adrenaline-pumping activities on New Zealand’s South Island!

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Breathing underwater because it’d be so much easier than having to do it with a tank on your back like I do now. And because the ocean is the most peaceful and majestic place on Earth.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I have bungee jumped 9 times in my life.
  • I was born in Gdansk, Poland.
  • I was in 5 choirs at one time in middle school.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Celine Dion music

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Sonia Gawel
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Mark Staelgraeve

Mark Staelgraeve

Project Manager

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I brew the beer I drink
  • I have two dogs, an Irish Setter (named Blue) and a goldendoodle (named Gold)
  • I have traveled in North America, Europe, and Asia

What’s your dream vacation?
Touring “every” Abbey in Belgium and enjoying the monk’s beers and perhaps a few others

What’s your guilty pleasure?
A large bowl of ice cream

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Mark Staelgraeve
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Melissa Zwillenberg

Melissa Zwillenberg

Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Fairy dust…it makes people happy

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Finding someone out of the blue, telling them what we do at SPINS, learning about their dream job, and creating that position at SPINS so they can learn and grow professionally and personally with us! It’s all about Timing and Passion.

What’s your dream vacation?
As far out of my comfort zone as possible

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
A chocolate brownie

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Melissa Zwillenberg
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Paige Leyden

Paige Leyden

Product Coding Assistant

What’s your dream vacation?
Food tour through Italy

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Netflix

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I’ve seen Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg live
  • I speak three languages
  • My favorite animals are bulldogs and hippos

What would you sell your soul for?
Food security across the globe

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Paige Leyden
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Jake Knepper

Jake Knepper

Product Library Operations Team Lead

What’s your dream vacation?
Something along the lines of Nepal, a motorcycle and a tent.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Beers during Iowa State games

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Lightening speed

Tell us two truths and a lie:

  • Deathly afraid of people dressed as the Easter Bunny
  • I’m a terrible liar
  • I lived on a chicken farm

What color do you think represents you?
Green

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Jake Knepper
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Dare Schenck

Dare Schenck

Natural Products Research Associate

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Going to the farmers market and the dog park

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Stan’s donuts… I live around the corner from Stan’s and it smells like fresh doughnuts every morning. Which means it’s a daily battle to resist getting a daily doughnut.

What would you sell your soul for?
I’d sell my soul for all desserts to become calorie free

What color do you think represents you?
Yellow

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Dare Schenck
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Kathryn Peters

Kathryn Peters

EVP - Business Development

What is your dream vacation?
Something off the beaten path – warm and on the water

Share two truths and a lie with us?

  • I put my feet in the ocean every day I’m on the Outer Banks.
  • I love running with my 2 black lab shelter dogs as they make me run faster than I otherwise would/should.
  • I don’t like cities.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Power to create more time – don’t have enough of it

What color do you think represents you?
green – i love nearly every shade of it

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Kathryn Peters
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Jennifer Fuller

Jennifer Fuller

Marketing

What’s your dream vacation?
Vacations (plural)…. At the moment, Croatia, the Middle East, African safari, Greece, Istanbul….Really, life would just be one big dream vacation.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I had/have three sets of teeth.
  • I’ve been to 30 countries, but never visited NY. I got close in February though… but the flight was cancelled after we boarded the plane.
  • On weekends I enter into female body building competitions.

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Taco Bell. And not sometimes – always.

What color do you think represents you?
Yellow

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Jennifer Fuller
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Kevin Snodgrass

Kevin Snodgrass

Client Services Analyst

What is your dream vacation?
Traveling the entire Tour de France route during the race

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Creating and leading MBUs (mobile party units)

Share two truths and a lie:

  • I have never once asked someone to be my friend on Facebook
  • My first pet’s name was Nigel
  • My watch collection is 33 pieces deep

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Multiple Chipotle burritos…in one sitting.

What color do you think represents you?
Green

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Kevin Snodgrass
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Kora Lazarski

Kora Lazarski

Development Manager

What is your dream vacation?
Relaxing in a hot spring after trail-running and skydiving over Patagonia

If you could have any super power what would it be?
The power to transform into a truck so I can make a movie about it called ‘Transformers’

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I used to be an international hair model for a global women’s shampoo brand.
  • I can recite a song listing every country of the world.
  • I parkour

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Summer street festivals and running by the beach.

What color do you think represents you?
Indigo

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Kora Lazarski
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Michael Rosenfeld

Michael Rosenfeld

Product & Marketing Communications Specialist

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Purchasing souls. Good thing I made this survey and now know everyone’s price…

What is your dream vacation?
Travel to the various filming locations of Game of Thrones (Iceland, Ireland, Croatia, etc.)

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I used to have a giant fro
  • The only fruit I eat is apples
  • I’m in a Prince cover band

What color do you think represents you?
Green

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Michael Rosenfeld
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Evan Makela

Evan Makela

General Counsel

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • Correctly picked every category in an Oscar pool
  • Illegally went through the Iron Curtain three times
  • Was in lamaze class with my wife – when we were both in utero

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Flying – I love looking out the window on a plane

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Running around the park with my kids

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Hostess Cupcakes

What color do you think represents you?
Blue

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Evan Makela
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David Navama

David Navama

Head of Marketing & Innovation

What’s your dream vacation?

“I haven’t taken a day off since I was 7.”

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I invented the Worm. ┬áBy accident.
  • I am a cabaret aficionado. I sing, I dance… I surprise and delight.
  • I was a junior equestrian Olympian.

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
White Castle (without the bun).

Guilty pleasure:
Ear warmers that double as headphones.

What color do you think represents you?
Green

 

 

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David Navama
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Jena Simone

Jena Simone

Natural Products Associate

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Definitely having the ability to talk to animals, insects and plant life. I think they would have some pretty interesting input on the state of our planet.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Prince and Cat Memes

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
bonfires, really long bike rides and cooking

What color do you think represents you?
Violet

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Jena Simone
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Eileen Roman

Eileen Roman

SVP of Finance and HR

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Cooking/dining with friends

What is your dream vacation?
Traveling all the regions of Italy

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching Gordon Ramsay shows

What color do you think represents you?
True Blue

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Eileen Roman
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Steve Lorenc

Steve Lorenc

EVP Products & Operations

What is your dream vacation?
Around The World Trip for 90 days

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Any sport, where I can still be walking on Monday!

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I’ve piloted a raft down the Colorado River
  • I’ve met three Presidential candidates
  • I’ve been skydiving in Bali

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Diet Coke

What color do you think represents you?
Blue

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Steve Lorenc
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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Natural Products Associate

Share two truths and a lie with us?

  • I wrote and recorded an entire album about Harry Potter.
  • My favorite band is Nickleback
  • I am a vegan

What would you sell your soul for?
The ability to shred guitar like a beast!

What is your dream vacation?
Drinking some single malt in the Scottish glens

What is your guilty pleasure?
Pop music

What color do you think represents you?
The color of the ocean after a storm

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Andrew Phelan
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Laiza Tomasello

Laiza Tomasello

Sales Accountant Coordinator

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV

Please share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I’m very serious and never smile
  • I have one of the most recognizable laughs in the office
  • I love to KARAOKEE

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Breakfast with the kids

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave:
Cookies, Cake, Cupcakes, muffins, anything pastry related.

What color do you think represents you?
Aqua

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Laiza Tomasello
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Carlo Marcelino

Carlo Marcelino

Manager IT Operations

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Teleportation, to have the best commute possible

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cochon de lait

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I only read books over 600 pages
  • When I was 5 I was an extra on the Cosby show
  • I prefer to order the most unique thing on the menu

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Going to the zoo

What color do you think represents you?
Blue

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Carlo Marcelino
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Andy Benjamin

Andy Benjamin

Director of Reporting

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I played Tuba in a college marching band
  • My ancestors came over on the Mayflower
  • I’ve piloted the Goodyear Blimp

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cupcakes

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Flight. Cheaper than an airline ticket

What would you sell your soul for?
My superpower

What color do you think represents you?
Blue…(and Gold)

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Andy Benjamin
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Amanda Hartt

Amanda Hartt

Manager of Policy, Partner and Public Relations

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Beach ultimate frisbee on a sunny, wind-free day.

What’s your dream vacation?
Sail around a cluster of remote islands with clear blue water – no bugs allowed.

Share 2 truths and a lie with us:

  • I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • I won 10,000 dollars in a 12 hour session of Black Jack in Las Vegas
  • I speak Armenian

What would you sell your soul for?
To be the most liked guest of the decade on the tonight show with Jimmy Fallon – because I cured world hunger and wrote the most awesome screen-play (not about hunger)

What color do you think represents you?
Sapphire

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Amanda Hartt
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Amy Frankel

Amy Frankel

Director of Product Management

What’s your dream vacation?
6 months of skiing at the key resorts around the world

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cape Cod Russet Potato Chips

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • Have skied in three continents
  • First Nebraska applicant and attendee at Emerson College
  • Have moved 10 times since graduating college

What color do you think represents you?
Purple

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Amy Frankel
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Kathryn Shear

Kathryn Shear

Specialty Product Research Associate

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping all day

What would you sell your soul for?
Unlimited funds for clothing & I guess world peace

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I’m in love with lions – I would hug one if I could
  • I love being on tall scary mountains
  • I forage for my own food – everything from mushrooms to berries

What’s your dream vacation?
Backpack through Europe eating everything I could get my hands on

What color do you think represents you?
Mint because I bring a freshness to SPINS

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Kathryn Shear
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Kelly Hanson

Kelly Hanson

On-Site Business Consultant

What’s your dream vacation?
One week hiking the French Pyrenees, the next week indulging in a croissant tour of Paris.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Teleportation – to be in a lot of different places in a short period of time; daily happy hours in Paris!

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • Qualified for Boston Marathon
  • Landed a 10 lb. northern pike by myself
  • Met Lady Gaga at my Bikram Yoga studio

What’s your guilty pleasure?
eBay

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Kelly Hanson
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Amy Jacobsen

Amy Jacobsen

Vice President - Business Development

What’s your dream vacation?
Hiking Machu Picchu

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
The ability to manage the passage of time – how great would it be to be able to speed up things you don’t like and slow down enjoyable things.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
A nice dry martini – up with olives

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Dancing!

What color do you think represents you?
Red

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Amy Jacobsen
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Jeff Crumpton

Jeff Crumpton

Onsite Business Consultant

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I taught wilderness survival classes in college.
  • I’m an Eagle Scout.
  • I speak fluent French.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Renovating my historic 1860′s rowhouse back to it’s original state

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping in

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
To be able to time travel – how much fun would that be?

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Jeff Crumpton
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David Wayne Moore

David Wayne Moore

On-Site Business Consultant

“I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave a……?”
Chicago Dog

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Hiking

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • Both of my siblings are at least 10 years older than me
  • I sell organic blueberries at the local farmers market
  • I once beat Kyle Petty in a car race

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sundrop in a glass bottle

What color do you think represents you?
Yellow

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David Wayne Moore
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Julie Emmett

Julie Emmett

On-Site Business Consultant

What’s your dream vacation?
Fiji

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Read people’s minds

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I will be 50 this year
  • I will be 40 this year
  • I can do 49 real push ups in a row

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Eating mounds of granola and frozen blueberries at midnight

What color do you think represents you?
Purple

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Julie Emmett
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Jeff Greenwood

Jeff Greenwood

On-Site Business Consultant

What’s your dream vacation?
I want to hike to the top of Mt. St Elias in Alaska

What would you sell your soul for?
A week of Heli-skiing

I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave a……?
Cup of Swiss Miss

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I always back out the driveway the same direction
  • I once used a coupon on a first date (it was also the last)
  • I read every Michael Pollan book

What color do you think represents you?
Green

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Jeff Greenwood
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David Winter

David Winter

Director, Business Development

What’s your dream vacation?
Iceland

What would you sell your soul for?
Direct access to Veggie Heaven in Denville, NJ.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Way too into Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • The last meat I ate was a McDonalds Double Cheeseburger when I was 17.
  • I had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch every day for 5 years.
  • I’m a CPA on the side.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Urban Hi

What color do you think represents you?
Dark Green

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David Winter
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Sanjeet Chowdhury

Sanjeet Chowdhury

On-Site Business Consultant

What’s your guilty pleasure?
12 Hours of NFL football on Sundays

What would you sell your soul for?
Infinite Wisdom

“I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave a……?”
Blue box mac n cheese with cut up hot dogs

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Telepathy

What’s your dream vacation?
Anywhere with white sands adjacent to crystal clear waters

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Sanjeet Chowdhury
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Lisa Grudzinski

Lisa Grudzinski

Director of Business Development

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Cooking, baking and trying new recipes….and therefore, working out!

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Time travel. I would love to experience other generations and eras.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cheese and wine…often my “go-to” dinner!

What’s your dream vacation?
To spend the whole summer in Greece island hopping.

What would you sell your soul for?
A villa in Tuscany with a never ending wine cellar!

“I support the growth of the Natural/Organic Industry but sometimes I crave a……?”
A big bowl of crunchy Cheetos! Nothing like them…

What color do you think represents you?
Blue. Trusted, loyal, reliable.

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Lisa Grudzinski
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Craig Doolittle

Craig Doolittle

Onsite Business Consultant

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
The ability to play any musical instrument. It would always be a party wherever I travel!

What’s your dream vacation?
Wine tour and river barge float trip in the south of France.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Cruisin’ in my ’56 Chevy with friends and family.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I once jammed with Bono at a little pub in the UK.
  • I won a limo ride and tickets to see AC/DC in concert.
  • I flew VIP on a private jet with a professional basketball team.

What color do you think represents you?
Blue, definitely blue…..

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Craig Doolittle
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Dana Stables

Dana Stables

Business Analyst

What’s your guilty pleasure?
3-way tie (aka too many!) Chipotle, Reality TV, Coffee with lots of cream & sugar

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I majored in Mathematics
  • I want to go skydiving
  • I am related to George Washington

What’s your dream vacation?
Safari in Africa

What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Summer street festivals, brunch with friends, watching football!

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Dana Stables
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Kevin Sisler

Kevin Sisler

Customer Success Manager

What’s your dream vacation?
Backpacking in Patagonia.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Definitely craft beer.

What would you sell your soul for?
A Cubs World Series Championship.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I know how to juggle.
  • I’m allergic to apples.
  • I haven’t taken a nap in 20 years.

What color do you think represents you?
Red

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Kevin Sisler
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Karam Chadha

Karam Chadha

Manager of Business Analytics

What’s your dream vacation?
Watching Arsenal play at the Emirates in London and at the Champions League final. Then relaxing on the beaches of the Maldives.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
Traveling in different dimensions (space and time) at any speed and environment (including outer space). This ability would enable time travel, allowing key historical moments to be positively influenced. Being able to travel at faster-than-light speeds in environments such as space could lead to unimaginable discoveries.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Fast food at 4AM on the weekends.

Share two truths and a lie with us:

  • I have an identical twin brother, who also graduated with the same unconventional B.S. degree in Materials Science Engineering
  • I’ve never cut my hair
  • One of the above facts is a lie

What color do you think represents you?
Purple

Meet
Karam Chadha

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