Andrew joins the Shift Interactive family as a web developer. The young and vibrant Schutt graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and the man cannot get enough soccer; all things soccer in fact: playing, coaching, and simply watching his favorite team, Chelsea FC, from the comfort of his couch. Andrew also loves learning new technologies (which is good since he is a web developer after all), as well as running and exercising so he can clear his head to play a little “Magic the Gathering”. A wizard in his own right, his favorite quote is “you shall not pass!” from Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings. We’re pretty sure he uses it all the time to impress his wizard friends. When he’s not using his sorcery, you can find Andrew eating some Blue Bunny chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and belting out Beatles lyrics.
Kristi wears a lot of hats and comes to Shift in a hybrid position of business analyst, quality analyst, and project manager. Kristi is as cheesy as they come (her words, not ours) and she enjoys the finer things in life like Hawkeye…sports and well, the vodka too. Sometimes the two just mix well together depending on if you want to remember the game or not. With a bubbly personality, Kristi’s favorite quote and something she lives by (as we all should!) comes from John Lennon, “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” Kristi is happy all right, and it is fun having her in the office. If you happen to know country star Luke Bryan, maybe you could help her out. She would love to have a dance off with him, believing full well that he would win. We’re not so convinced though, he has some issues with falling off stages.
C.J., the music man, comes to Shift as a software developer and has his undergrad degree from Drake University and graduate degree in Business Development from William Penn University. C.J. has skills that go beyond his job; he is one of the most uniquely talented people in our office when it comes to music. Not only does he love listening to the music of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Eric Clapton and 90’s hip-hop (he calls it his ‘guilty pleasure’, but everybody has room for a little Biggie Smalls in their lives), but also the man can flat out play instruments. C.J. plays the trumpet, euphonium, flute, guitar, ukulele, and dabbles in piano. He is pretty good at it too, giving private lessons and has performed and toured with various groups over the last decade (no big deal or anything). Unfortunately his touring days are over, but music will always be his passion. He also loves ice hockey, playing video games (fits in nicely with the other Shifters!), and riding his bike. For a man of many tastes and interests, his favorite quote fits him nicely, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Brett joins Shift as the Strategic Director and is pretty darn good when it comes to “Strategery” as famously coined by Saturday Night Live. Brett is all about the simple pleasures that life gives us, which typically involve the morning; his favorite food is two eggs over medium with wheat toast to go along with his dark roast coffee. No cream. No sugar. Just black. The Iowa State grad is rather sophisticated when it comes to his hobbies of reading, writing, and art. His hobbies make sense; he is the “Mona Lisa” of strategic directors (that’s a thing right?). When he is not having discussions on where the business is going and setting goals, Brett is probably listening to Tom Petty or watching the TV-series Sherlock Holmes so he can put together some clues for a fun-filled family game. One day, a VERY long time ago, Brett accidentally lit his little brother on fire. We’ll never know the real motive behind it, but we’re guessing he was setting it up to be some type of Sherlock Holmes investigative mystery. Watson solved THAT case pretty quickly.
Gabe Glynn comes to Shift as the thinker of the group (not to say that we don’t have an abundance of good and deep thoughts going on here regularly), but Gabe is the idea catalyst. Gabe, who coincidentally is not related to Performance Marketing and Shift Interactive partner Matt Glynn, always tries to conquer his fears. For instance, last year Gabe went all Aqua Man and tried to conquer his fear of sharks by going shark fishing last year, at night time, miles from land, in the pitch black darkness of the Atlantic Ocean. He ended up catching a five and a half foot long bull shark. While it was an unforgettable and unique experience… the attempt to kick his Galeophobia or fear of sharks (look you can say you learned a new word today!) failed. In fact, he is now more terrified of sharks than ever. But, Gabe does like eating creatures of the sea, especially in the form of sushi to go along with a nice craft beer. The man simply enjoys life and trying new things (if the whole bull shark thing wasn’t a clue), which make sense as to his favorite quote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Kayla joins Shift as a frontend developer. The Iowa State graduate is a little quiet, but that might be because she was a mime in high school. While mimes are great at entertainment, you probably don’t know any that brew their own beer (real beer, not a beer of illusion), which is a pretty awesome trick if you ask us (and it really beats pretending to be in a box). Kayla is quite the beer connoisseur, so it is not so odd that her favorite drink is craft beer. She also loves any type of food that you can put sour cream on. When she’s not working on websites, you can usually find Kayla hanging out with her cat while watching old reruns of “I love Lucy”. Her love for the show hasn’t changed since she first started watching at four years old. She wishes she could have had the opportunity to meet Lucille Ball, but she’ll settle for seeing her on the TV in black and white.
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