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Meet the Kambrian — Rick

It’s time for our first Meet the Kambrian of the year. Happy to introduce everyone to Rick Snell who’s joining our data science team. He loves looking out the window and having a good chat. Read on to discover his interesting Google Search history 🤔

Where are you from?

I was born in Eugene, OR, USA (the hippie capital of the world), raised in Wenatchee, WA, USA (the apple capital of the world), and now I live in Seattle, WA, USA (the umm Starbucks capital of the world?), where I’ve been since 2013.

What’s your role at Kambr?

I’m a data scientist. My job is to develop, test, and implement into code the mathematical algorithms for forecasting demand and optimizing inventory availability.

What was your path to Kambr?

I worked in the RM and OR departments at Alaska Airlines for the past several years, and it was there that I became enamored with the RM problem. When my manager there (Alex Matson) left the company that he had invested so much of himself into for what he described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, I couldn’t help my curiosity.

“What I saw at Kambr, and what Alex shared with me, was a team of people devoted to shifting the paradigm of RM systems and airline vendor reputations into something that airline operators could trust and work with, rather than against.”

What I saw at Kambr, and what Alex shared with me, was a team of people devoted to shifting the paradigm of RM systems and airline vendor reputations into something that airline operators could trust and work with, rather than against. Alex and I stayed in touch, then later an opportunity arose for me to join him, which I jumped at!

What’s something you want your colleagues to know about you?

I often seem reserved and quiet, but I am a true extrovert and one of my favorite activities is conversation.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Since becoming a homeowner, projects around the house and yard work! Before that, weekend trips around Alaska Airlines’ network and exploring the Puget Sound region on my motorcycle.

What’s your superpower?

Patience. Or maybe stubbornness? Sometimes I can’t tell the difference!

What makes you nervous?

Undercooked eggs and catastrophic climate change.

What are you proud of?

My personal growth over the past 15 years. I barely graduated high school as a nihilistic under-achiever, but I eventually got my act together and became the first person in my family to earn a college degree. Now I am a working professional who has earned the respect of many people I admire.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Practicing gratitude and curiosity is the key to happiness.

What’s one thing you love to do?

I love trying things I’ve never done before. Whether it’s a playing a new game, traveling to a new city, or meeting a new person, I relish the opportunity.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A cliché. No, just kidding! But I did want to be, at various times, a pilot, an actor, or a doctor… see what I mean?

What’s the most interesting (or unusual) job you’ve had?

That’s a tough question for me… I have been a clerk at a liquor store, as well as a cashier at a casino, and I met my share of interesting folks at each.

But probably the most unusual job I had was as a canvasser for an organization that raised funds for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, i.e., I stood on the sidewalk and asked people to donate money to (unfortunately) controversial organizations.

What’s your favorite/dream destination to fly to?

“Favorite” means I must have been there, so I will have to say Honolulu. It truly is a paradise. Well, now that I think of it, Cabo is nice too and I get to practice my Spanish!

Dream: Antarctica. Who knows? Maybe it will become a paradise within my lifetime!

What’s the airport you’ve been to the most?

SEA, since it’s my home airport… but I think this question is more interesting if home airports are disqualified. I often visited my sister in L.A., when she lived there, and SNA was the airport of choice.

What’s your favorite aviation related film?

I’m gonna be honest, there aren’t that many great ones out there (please feel free to reach out and correct me!) But I do have soft spots for Denzel Washington, flawed heroes, and true stories, so the award goes to… Flight.

Window seat or aisle seat?

If I know the people in my row, I LOVE to look out the window. Otherwise, I’d rather take the aisle seat, just for personal convenience.

What is the last thing you searched on Google?

That’s between me, Google, and all of Google’s affiliated partners. Just kidding, it was actually “stadium buddy” because I was considering making a risky joke in the previous question about window/aisle seat preference. Then I re-considered it, and now apparently I’ve re-re-considered it….



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