Over the next 4 weeks, we are doing a series of “Getting to Know” posts with our team. Each team member chose 5 questions to answer from a pool of great team-building questions.

This week is our resident pragmatist, James. He keeps us honest, real, and moving forward. Get to know him in his own words.

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1. If you could join any past or current music group, which would you want to join?

The Lonely Island. They seem like a fun group of guys to be around and that irreverent comedy style is right up my alley. Any group that can so eloquently weave ‘flippy floppies’ into a verse gets my vote.

2. What did you want to be when you were younger?

My first ever AOL SN was Dream4PGA and I remember thinking I was so slick for coming up with that and even more surprised that it was still available! Loved to play golf when I was younger and had dreams of playing professional golf. Those dreams were pretty much dashed when it turned out I wasn’t very good at driving the ball, or with long irons, or with short irons, or putting, or chipping, or pitching, or anything else you needed to play on tour. When I didn’t make the high school team, chances got real slim so I just had to accept it.

I no longer use that AOL SN anymore.

3. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

Ability to learn new languages. It’d be great if like the Matrix there was a way to just upload language packs into my brain so I could just learn them all that way. My wife and I love to travel so this would come in handy on trips.

4. What was the last book you read?

Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

A book on tactics on how to scale your company at a very rapid pace thus blitz. The idea is to put these into practice at YEN! Anything that helps in that endeavor is appreciated and I love reading accounts of successful people who have been there and done that.

5. Have you returned anything you’ve purchased recently? Why?

I had to really think about this one. My personality is such that I tend to do a lot of research on items before purchasing so that tends to cut down on the returns. Even if it’s not up to expectation, I may keep the item because I’ve put that effort into it already, I’ll make it work. Either that or if we don’t need something, I tend not to buy them either.

As I think through this, I do recall returning something at Costco but I actually can’t remember for the life of me what it was.


TUNE IN next week for another “Getting to Know” post!