Meet The Team: Sam

By: Samantha McDuffee   |   March 4, 2018

In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are.

In this second installment, we talk to Sam, our Director of Marketing, about scary movies, country dancing, and herding cats… all the things that make for one stellar marketing genius, right?

How long have you been here?

I have been with TeamBonding for 5.5 years and counting.

What got you started in marketing?

I actually got started in Human Resources. That lasted about a hot minute. I do not have the right personality to work in HR and I would have burned out by now. I originally jumped into marketing roles as a creative problem solver, which is still my MO in terms of tackling unique business challenges.

I like puzzles. However, what I enjoy most about the marketing industry, particularly pertaining to my role at TeamBonding, is the entrepreneurial spirit you can adopt if you work with the right team. At TeamBonding, new ideas are not only encouraged, they are required.

What has been your most memorable experience at TeamBonding?

owl-painting

I’ve got skills!

The night I met my team, which was before my start date. David invited me to join the TeamBonding holiday party. There was a Yankee Swap, free food and great company. I even got to do a painting of owls! I repeat: I got to paint owls. It was awesome.

What do you do with your spare time?

Marketing. Isn’t that what everyone in the industry does during their spare time?! I like to stay busy and spend most of my time taking small, local adventures when the weather cooperates (and sometimes when it doesn’t), doing activities with the kids in my life, talking about Black Cat Rescue, and dreaming about the business I will start-up some day.

I may even find time to learn to play my grandfather’s harmonica…eventually. Stay tuned for that.

What is your favorite place in the world to be:

Watching a good zombie movie. I would also settle for a terrible zombie movie.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do a few more stupid things. Make more mistakes. Those experiences are where stories, ideas, and bonds come from and its harder take some of those risks now. Not impossible, but harder.

The most annoying thing in the world according to you is:

Being rushed! Especially into a decision. I don’t take that long, you know.

Do you have any phobias?

I once read a blurb from The Instructions by Adam Levin. The opening paragraph reads:

“Benji Nakamook thought we should waterboard each other, me and him and Vincie Portite. We wouldn’t count the seconds to see who was the bravest or whose lungs were the deepest – this wasn’t for a contest. We’d each be held under till the moment the possibility of death became real to us, and in that moment, according to Benji, we’d have to draw one of the following conclusions: ‘My best friends are about to accidentally drown me!” or “My best friends are actually trying to drown me!” The point was to learn what it was we feared more: being misunderstood or being betrayed.”

It’s dark, I know. No, I do not have a waterboarding phobia, although I probably should. The question of being misunderstood vs. betrayed has always stuck with me because I realized in reading this that my biggest fear IS being misunderstood.

Didn’t expect me to get so deep, huh? I guess I’d rather have friends that wanted to drown me than friends that would accidentally cause me harm… Wait, that’s not right. Seriously though, I’d rather be asked for clarity 100 times than find out someone had the wrong impression of me or my intentions.

What can’t you live without?

Connecting with people, especially those that I care about. This can be through a deep conversation or just a chill day at the beach. I enjoy my alone time, too. But, I get plenty of that commuting!

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

I used to live in trees! I mean, not literally. I grew up on a dwindling farm and spent most of my childhood in the woods. Does an Aerial Adventure Park count? Those are a blast!

Describe yourself in three words:

Methodical, optimistic and diplomatic. Some of that, I learned from DiSC training.

Do you have a favorite food?

Cheese. Any kind of cheese, even cottage cheese (with pineapple, of course). I could never go vegan.

I also love combining strange flavors. My favorite sandwich wrap used to include tuna, ranch dressing, pineapples, cucumbers and something crunchy. That’s right, I said ranch dressing and fresh pineapple!

Next time you are in Boston, you should try the black & tan beer-battered onion rings with chocolate ranch dipping sauce at Max Brenner. Delish!

Something people may not know about you:

I can’t burp. It’s kind of a curse.

The most important thing in life is:

Communication. We covered by phobia, right? We have this amazing ability to express ourselves in so many ways. I believe that communication is the foundation for producing anything of quality, especially teamwork.

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