Angie

Senior Account Manager

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I grew up on a farm. My childhood was made up of unusual jobs: picking pumpkins, hoeing beans, managing a greenhouse, bottle feeding calves, etc.

Where would you like to travel to?
Africa, every nook and cranny interests me.

What have you always wanted to try and never did?
Work with Doctors Without Borders.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Chapstick.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
My tickets to Africa!

Ashley B.

3D Designer

What did you want to be when growing up?
A 3D artist, hockey player, or racecar driver.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Patrick Stewart. Star Trek is amazing.

Where would you like to travel to?
Hawai’i and Europe.

What phobias do you have?
Heights.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Video Games, reading, gym, art.

Ashley L.

Account Manager

What do you like most about your job?
I like working with my customers and feeling like I make an impact on their stores.

Where would you like to travel to?
I would love to take a month and travel Europe, going to Spain, Ireland, Germany, Amsterdam – all over the place!

What motivates you?
I’m very self-motivated, but my husband and family are my biggest motivation.

What phobias do you have?
I absolutely hate spiders, they really freak me out and gross me out.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to hang out with friends and family, play with my dogs, go hiking, camping, boating – almost anything outdoors. I also love football season and spend autumn Sundays watching football all day. Of course, I’m a huge Broncos fan as I grew up in Colorado!

Bets

Sculptor

What do you like most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is that I’m doing work that is second nature to me but is still challenging.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
Forget just one, I have two mottos…
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what other people think about you if you knew how little they did.”
And…
“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Bad grammar.

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
“Naked and Afraid.”

 

Brett

Product Design Manager

What did you want to be when growing up?
A rock star.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Bruce Wayne.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Jack Webb.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A Magic: The Gathering Beta Black Lotus card.

What category on Jeopardy would you nail?
Astronomy

Charlea

Project Manager

What did you want to be when growing up?
I always dreamt about being a project manager for a mannequin manufacturer. No, really.

What would be the title of your autobiography? Why?
Still Hungry. ­ Because I’m always hungry.

What motivates you?
Food.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t choose just one…My faith, my family and my dogs. Also, food, let’s not forget about food.

What phobias do you have?
All of them.

Daniel

Sculptor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Climbing trees and capturing monkeys and sloths and other tree dwelling mammals in the rain forest for the Smithsonian Institute’s scientists. Also, while doing this job, I was bitten by a vampire bat.

What’s on your bucket list?
To provide opportunities for individuals in third world countries to improve their lives.

What have you always wanted to try and never did?
Base jumping/flying in a wing suit (but my wife says ‘no’).

What would your superhuman power be?
Time travel.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Dried onion flavored crickets and fried grubs.

Dave

All-around bad ass

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a sculptor of Halloween props/special effects for Distortions Unlimited in Greeley, CO. A normal day here would consist of sculpting blood-spitting zombie women and burnt up corpses.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
I think everyone in the studio would agree that my motto is “Have some fun.”

If given a chance, who would you be for a day?
I would like to be H.R. Giger for a day. The visions that were rattling around in that man’s head would drive most people insane, I would think. It would be interesting to experience the talent and energy he had when he was in a creative frenzy.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Clay.

What is your hidden talent?
I grew up playing the guitar. Throughout high school and a bit after I was in many bands, but being in a band was like being married to three other dudes and that just wasn’t a good fit for me. I was a big fan of Jimmy Page for a very long time. You could say I even idolized him and his style. I used to be able to play The Star-Spangled Banner with the guitar behind my back.

Devin D.

Sales Director

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years (career or personally)?
The most important thing I’ve learned in the last five years which can be applied to both my personal and professional life is that everyone has a little bit of star power—something that makes each one of us special that no one else has. Once you realize what that power is, use it with confidence, and own it, you can accomplish anything.

What motivates you?
I love a good challenge, and when you work in the retail industry, there’s plenty of them. It’s fast-paced and we’re always on a deadline. Being able to say, “Wow, we did it” is more gratifying than saying, “Wow, that was easy.”

If you were to write a self­-help book, what would the topic be?
My grandparents on both sides of my family taught me how to garden when I was growing up. Being able to grow your own food and nurture plants has always been therapeutic and fascinating to me. It’s my favorite hobby. Gardening in Colorado poses some challenges because the weather is so unpredictable; it can snow in the middle of May and freeze in early September. Sometimes we’re wearing shorts in February. It never fails that I’m covering peonies in spring and covering tomatoes in fall—it can get stressful and sometimes you just need to forget about it. My self­-help book would be titled Eternal Winter: Learning to Cope with the CO Growing Season.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I’ve have lip balm with me at all times. I don’t think I’ve left the house without it since 7th grade. I’ve lost my wallet a few times but I’ve never lost my lip balm.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“Is butter a carb?” – Regina George, Mean Girls

Don

Sculptor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Adjunct professor/instructor.

What motivates you?
Insecurity and crippling self doubt.

What would you like to be famous for?
I do not believe that fame is a virtue. Because I meet a lot of artists fixated on fame, I tell them that there are a lot of horrible ways to achieve fame more quickly and assuredly than making art, so I am guessing that it is not fame you are after as much as respect and recognition for your contribution to the field.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Gary Busey.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I once ate fried roses.

Ellen

Executive Vice President, Sales

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Working at the Israel Art Museum while I was living in Jerusalem for a year. I wrote their newsletter for English speaking patrons visiting from around the world.

What are you most proud of in your career?
My career has been a long and winding road that has led me from one interesting role to the next. I love everything I’ve done, except maybe catching burgers as they dropped off a conveyor belt at my first job at Hardee’s when I was 16! It was like an episode from I Love Lucy!

Where would you like to travel to?
The list is endless. Everywhere I haven’t been yet!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Why Eat A Bad Meal When You Can Eat A Great One?

What have you always wanted to try and never did?
Glass blowing.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Duh – coffee and vino, and my family and close friends…not in that order.

What phobias do you have?
Mice. Ask my son. The first time he found out about this terror of mine was when I jumped on his back when he was 11 years old. I screamed like I was being murdered.

Elliot

3D Artist

What did you want to be when growing up?
Superman. Always Superman.

What can you do that most people cannot?
I can do The Wave with my eyebrows.

What have you always wanted to try and never did?
Skydiving. I feel silly being afraid of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

What phobias do you have?
I have an inexplicable fear of large marine animals, whales in particular. ‘Inexplicable’ in that I have lived in Colorado my whole life and have never encountered any such creature personally.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A Cricket Bar. Made from crickets. Wasn’t that bad, tasted like chicken.

Emily C.

Account Coordinator

What do you like most about your job?
The fact that I get to work with an incredible group of people!

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Try your best not to worry about the things you can’t control.”

What motivates you?
The loves of my life ­ – my family.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Molly Shannon.. She is my idol!

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A luxurious, 2­ week vacation to Bora Bora or Fiji.

Gary

Sculptor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
That would have to be a commission for a 15 1/3′ tall bronze Jack and the Beanstalk fountain sculpture for Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in Kauai, HI. It was quite a brain bender figuring out how to sculpt in in a studio with 11’ ceilings and then how to get the piece from Colorado to Hawaii once it was finished. I think I pulled a mind muscle…but it worked!

What motivates you?
Solving problems in how to put something together. (see above answer) And the beauty that is all around us in creation. I am currently trying to get in as much practice as possible oil painting. A childhood dream was to be a landscape painter, calling beautiful places outdoors my “office” every day. Since being a child is quite a ways back in my rear view mirror I figured I should probably start doing something about that dream. (I don’t really have a bucket list, but if I did giving that a real shot would be very near the top of the list.)

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Anyone who is among the living has hope. ­Even a live dog is better off than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9 (And I don’t think they thought very highly of dogs back in Old Testament times.)

Favorite Comic Strip (Yeah, I know, that wasn’t one of the questions. But I’m an artist. What can I say?)
Pearls Before Swine. Stephan Pastis’ character, Rat, exhibits thoughts and solutions to problems that most of us probably have considered but wouldn’t dare admit. And the way Pastis depicts himself in his own strip being humiliated by his own characters is brilliant.

Haley

3D Coordinator

What do you like most about your job?
The thing I like most about my job is that I am constantly learning. This isn’t something I really thought I would be doing as my career, so everything is still very new and exciting. I hope to continue to learn and embrace the new technology as I am sure it will continue to change and shape my job over the coming years. It is so fun to be a part of such an interesting and ever-­changing industry.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“I’m through accepting limits because someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change but ‘til I try, I’ll never know.” – “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
If I could meet someone famous, I would want to meet Johnny Depp. He has been my all­-time favorite actor and celebrity since I was ten and I think he is just the most talented (and most attractive) man in the world. Other than my husband, of course.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I absolutely cannot live without pets. Right now I have a cat and a dog, Edgar Allen Poe and River Song. In the future I would love to be “that crazy animal lady” with cats, dogs, birds, pigs, ducks, sheep, and anything else I can rescue. I just LOVE animals.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, my husband and I play tons of video games. Whether it’s about deep sea exploration, an epic zombie apocalypse, or the Italian Renaissance, we love them all!

Jackie

Account Executive

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
My unusual job was being the first maintenance girl at a local fitness center. I learned how not to break a toilet, the wrong way to do electrical, and to always wear pants when weed whacking. To this day, public hot tubs are something I stay away from. That will happen when you’re the one to clean it on a weekly basis.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” – in other words learn from your mistakes and don’t make them again, be present in the now and give your best, stay curious and never stop seeking to grow.

Where would you like to travel to?
My dream would be to travel to the South of France and Ireland. It would be neat to see the lands of my heritage.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Peanut Butter. Take alcohol, candy, ice cream and sweets away from me, but don’t take my peanut butter.

What would your superhuman power be?
To watch/learn something once and then be an expert at it. Oh, and to stop time.

Ken

Visual Communications Manager

If you could switch careers today, what would you do instead?
Hands down I would be a chef. I love that whole world. The joy that you can bring someone through food is amazing, how a person can connect to a favorite restaurant or dish. The technical aspect that the job requires as well as the freedom to break the rules is inspiring. I think it’s similar to being a photographer in a lot of ways.
There is a story of a photographer who goes to a dinner party and the host says “I love your pictures ­ they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.” The photographer said nothing until dinner was finished, then told the host: “That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.”

What is your motto or personal mantra?
My father used to say that “opportunity is often disguised as hard work.” I have used this as a motto for my entire professional career.

Where would you like to travel to?
This is pretty easy to answer: Spain. I would love to travel all of Europe, but Spain is at the top of my list. There is a town in Spain named Trujillo and I have told my daughters since they were little that one day I would take them to the place where their name was born.

What is your hidden talent?
I play a mean ukulele.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
I have so many favorites that it’s hard to narrow it down, but this one has been resonating with me for a while:
Walter Mitty: “When are you going to take (the picture)?”
Sean O’Connell: “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”

Kyle

Product Designer

If you could switch careers today, what would you do instead?
Brew craft beer.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Usain Bolt. Experiencing athleticism at the absolute top. Visceral power and confidence.

What motivates you?
People more successful than myself. People more passionate than myself.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Kangaroo tail.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Learn things.

Laurie

Account Manager

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I managed a fabric store for several years displaying, cutting, managing inventory, and making display clothes. Yes, dressing mannequins!

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Today, I will be happier than a bird with a French fry.”

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Kelly Rae Roberts, a mixed media artist. I love her art.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Chips and salsa!

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“You had me at hello….” ­ – Dorothy Boyd, Jerry Maguire

Meagan

Account Coordinator

What did you want to be when growing up?
A marine biologist.

Where would you like to travel to?
Thailand.

What’s on your bucket list?
Going shark cage diving.

What phobias do you have?
Spiders – who wouldn’t be afraid?

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut without holes, is just a danish.” – ­ Ty Webb, Caddyshack

Michelle

Account Manager

What do you like most about your job?
I like helping others. I like assisting our clients from the conception of their order all the way through to the receipt of their product. It’s also pretty great to walk through a store and see that product proudly displayed in creative and amazing ways.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

If you were to write a self-­help book, what would the topic be?
It would be about self­-awareness and self­-care.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“We’re all mad here.” – Alice in Wonderland (book and movie)

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Most of my spare time is spent with my children. I am also part of a book club and a Bunco group.

Mimi

Account Development Manager

What did you want to be when growing up?
I wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon from the 7th grade until about a year after university. Then I switched gears because the onus of being responsible for people’s lives was starting to wear on me. Instead, I decided to extend my passion for art/design and be a part of the science and engineering of all things apparel related!

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Work hard, play harder.”

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Frank Gehry. I am obsessed with his architecture and love traveling the world to photograph his designs. I would love to be him for a day to see how his mind works.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Chapstick.

What would your superhuman power be?
Teleportation.

What category on Jeopardy would you nail?
Um, ask me which one I wouldn’t nail! Haha. My favorite pastime and perfect way to unwind from the work day is a glass of red wine and Jeopardy! I’ve been doing that since I could legally drink…maybe a little bit before, but don’t tell anyone. 😉

Pam

Sculptor/Sculpt Supervisor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
The first paying job I had was hoeing sugar beets. I got 50 cents a row and at the end of the summer, felt sure I could retire with my $300, a grand fortune for someone only in Junior High. One of my sisters delights in saying we were “beet ho­ers”. It’s only funny when you say it out loud.

What’s on your bucket list?
Learning to play the bagpipes.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
If I could meet anyone living or dead, I choose my Dad because it’s been too long…. I would love to have the chance to visit one more time.

What is your hidden talent?
I have very good parking Karma.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“Does this couch make me look fat?” – Richard Dunn, Paper Man

Peter F.

Development Manager

What do you like most about your job?
The mannequins listen intently and rarely speak back.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….” – Dory, Finding Nemo

What’s on your bucket list?
A bigger bucket!

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Strange Brew.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.” ­-Ty Webb, Caddyshack

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Don Knots (that way my real life would seem more attractive than the movie, not the other way around).

Renee

Innovation Project Manager

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
In college, I took photos of people rafting on the Colorado River. The best images were when people fell out of the raft. Don’t worry, no one was injured.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”­ – The Babe, The Sandlot

What’s on your bucket list?
Visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
John Lennon because “All You Need Is Love.”

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My Teddy, I have had him since I was 6 months old.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“You go, Glen Coco!”­ – School Santa, ­ Mean Girls

What category on Jeopardy would you nail?
The periodic table, my mom is a science teacher.

Ruth

Associate Art Director

What did you want to be when growing up?
Cinderella.

What can you do that most people cannot?
Photoshop.

Where would you like to travel to?
Iceland.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Sarcasm.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a movie?
“1.21 Gigawatts!” – Doc Brown, Back to the Future

Stacie

Vice President, Creative Director

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?
#whitehammer

What motivates you?
Brainstorming & laughing with my amazing team!

What would be the title of your autobiography? Why?
“The Queen of Hearts” – because “Off with their heads!”

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Tina Fey.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A tiny house and a big piece of land.

Stacy

Account Development Manager

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years (career or personally)?
Don’t take life too seriously and people (family & friends) are what is most important. In other words: “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

What can you do that most people cannot?
A toe stand in Yoga.

Where would you like to travel to?
Travel to Machu Picchu.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Wine.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Frog legs, “shit on a shingle” (creamed chipped beef on toast), quail soup – all at the same party.

 

Steffen

Design Director

What did you want to be when growing up?
A professional skateboarder.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Harvey Keitel.

What’s on your bucket list?
Learn to surf.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Mountain bike.

Steve

Sculptor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Prior to working at Fusion, my most interesting job involved building custom silicone arteries used to test the functionality and safety of experimental stints, catheters, and other vascular inventions, before these devices could be approved for trials in people by the FDA. Each vessel I made was customized to expand and contract within an extremely tight predetermined tolerance when subjected to a specified range of fluid pressures.

What motivates you?
My motivations are predominantly intrinsic. Growth through study and practice drive me.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
If I could meet anyone dead or alive I’d have to meet the Buddha.

What’s one thing you can not live without?
My family.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
The first thing I would buy is land. I would use the land to set up an off grid self-sustaining planned community for artists, writers, filmmakers, teachers, doctors, and skilled tradesmen, qualified and willing to pull their own weight by sharing the responsibilities of farming and setting up community events.

 

Sutton

Sculptor

Before working at Noa Brands, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I created realistic halloween masks of famous people and politicians for a company in California. Some of the masks are still being created 20 years later.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“I made this while you were busy watching TV.”

If you were to write a self-­help book, what would the topic be?
Sculpting A Better Life would be about finding, developing, and nurturing your passion (whatever it might be) through patience, hard work, and paying attention to the small details.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
The support of those around me.

What would your superhuman power be?
To be able to listen to the mind of any person or animal I come in contact with…while defying gravity.

Wendy

Account Manager

What do you like most about your job?
I get to work with retail accounts where I already shop and know and love, like H&M and Nordstrom.

What motivates you?
My 3 year old son, Nixon. Needless to say, he is my WORLD!

What can you do that most people cannot?
I can write backwards. You can hold it up to a mirror and read it!

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Probably Teen Mom. They really just make me feel like I’m a really really awesome parent. LOL

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
I’m a born and raised So­Cal girl, so I would buy some beach­front property and move back home!