Where are you from?
I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Packers!
What is your role at Kambr?
My title is Business Analyst, but I’ve never been much for titles in my short career, thus far. I support Kambr Advisory in our client projects and data initiatives.
What was your path to Kambr?
I’ve worked at a startup and a spinout in my previous lives. There’s just something about the allure of having a hand in building a business from the ground up. I’ve started (jokingly) describing it as a bit of a curse. I’d rather help create something completely new and revolutionary than help make an established corporation more profitable.
More directly, my dad worked for ATA and UPS airlines growing up, so some of my first experiences were around the aviation industry. I followed a passion for baseball in between then and now, but I’ve happily found my way back to aviation.
What do you love most about working at Kambr?
This will probably sound cliche, but for as much as it is talked about most people don’t walk the walk. I love the culture and the people I work with most. I often talk about my experience interviewing, which can be a stark contrast to that of my college roommates, in that much of the process was natural. All of my interviews went way over schedule, I finally had a tribe whom I could geek out with.
What’s something you want your colleagues to know about you?
Oddly enough, I have this weird aversion to talking on the phone. I mean, I consider myself an extrovert (can one truly know?) but for some reason I don’t jive well with interactions that aren’t in person. Perhaps it takes longer to get comfortable with someone over the phone, I don’t know. Video chat is better, but still not go-to for me. It’s something I’m still trying to figure out. Maybe that’s why I like the airline industry so much, because it connects people in person.
What’s one thing you love to do?
Try new things. For me, freedom and growth are my core values at this moment. And I can’t achieve either if I’m not open to new experiences. Many people like the sound of this, but it has to be built into your core processes as a human in order for you to truly live it. From learning to cut my own hair in high school (big business during a pandemic, I might add), building my own website, and picking up the guitar last year, to woodworking, bread-making, and investment research, I fill up my time quite easily. I think it all stems from my mom while I was growing up who never entertained the “mom, I’m bored!” act. Next items on my list are learning to surf, process data with Apache Spark, and eventually learning to fly.
What inspires you?
A good sense of creative passion and a vision of a better place. What I mean by that is, a good flow of new ideas that can change your world and the world. Seeing our very own Jason Kelly throw out the most ridiculous (er- ridiculous might not be the right word 😬) ideas and seeing what ones stick, that’s passion and creativity being developed into a vision. People don’t dream enough. All it takes is one idea.
What are you most proud of?
Graduating college. Perhaps it’s recency bias at play here, but it is by far the biggest time investment and most expensive thing I’ve ever done.
Favorite quote from a plane related film.
Top Gun is one of my favorite movies, I considered going to the military because of it. My favorite quote in the movie is from Goose, when he and Maverick are discussing their inverted flight stunt with a Soviet MiG 28:
Charlotte: “Uh Lieutenant, what were you doing there?”
Maverick: “Communicating. Keeping up with foreign relations. I was uh…you know giving him the bird.”
Goose: “You know, the finger. -gives Charlotte the middle finger- I’m sorry, I hate it when it does that.”
Where would you love to fly to and why?
Oh boy, where do I begin. In all honesty, I’d go just about anywhere as long as I could convince someone else to come along with me. I like to have some spontaneity in my life. The possibilities go 100x if we’re saying I am flying my own airplane too. Tons of hidden gems that you can reach with a Cessna!
What is the airport you’ve been to the most?
By nature, MSP. I’m kind of a Delta fanboy. There is a cargo road that the public can drive on that will take you into the center of the airport for plane spotting, an AvGeek’s dream. If you’re ever there and have some time to kill, Blue Door Pub is a local restaurant to the Twin Cities that has a location there. Their Blucy hamburgers are killer!
If a genie appeared and gave you one wish, what would it be?
“Stupid. Everybody knows to ask for a hundred more wishes.” — Jim Halpert, The Office (2008)
What was the last thing you searched in Google?
I’m a bit of a motorhead. I just love operating anything with an engine in it. Naturally, I last looked up the new Ford Bronco. Apparently Ford took it on the Rubicon Trail out near Lake Tahoe, California, look out Jeep!
Most memorable travel moment.
I hiked Il Sentiero Degli Dei (Path of the Gods) on the Amalfi coast with my mom and sister a couple of years ago. Stunning views of the coastline and it connects to a steep decline with views over Positano. I think about it a lot.
What is your favorite aircraft?
Hands down, Boeing 757. They stuck two Rolls Royce engines on that thing that probably had no business being on a narrow body. So powerful. It can climb straight to cruising altitude full stop, and yet it is capable of landing at some of the smallest airports with commercial traffic. Quite honestly- and this will ruffle some feathers, I think it’s the only airplane Boeing got 100% right. It’s a shame they’ve stretched and disfigured the 737 to try and take the place of what only the 757 could do.
Window seat or aisle seat?
Always window. I don’t like making people think I’m staring over at them when in fact I’m just trying to see out the window. Additionally, my neck usually hurts after a flight because I have to bend my neck to see the most out of those small airplane windows that are too low. I’ve yet to fly on a 787, which I’ve heard have much bigger windows.
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