Team Member Spotlight: Alan


Saved by the Max

Alan chilling at The Max.

Alan just celebrated two years as a Content Project Coordinator at OneSpace. He says he was drawn in by the startup culture at OneSpace, but he stays because, well, we’re pretty awesome.

When Alan isn’t working on his projects, you can almost always find him helping other team members — that, or lounging by a pool if the weather permits. That must be why “Team above self” is his favorite OneSpace value.

Alan is originally from Springfield, Illinois, and despite his poor taste in sports teams — who can be a Chicago fan when you live in St. Louis?! — we still love him. Here are a few fun facts about Alan.

Q: Funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

This may not be not the funniest thing to happen to me recently, but it is the most fun I’ve had in a while: I went to the Saved by the Bell pop-up diner in Chicago — an exact replica of The Max — and it was everything.

Q: You have to give up one of your senses. Which one could you live without?

I’m going say I could go without smell. If it only subdues the flavor of things food-wise, I’d be okay with that, as long as taste wasn’t gone entirely. And you wouldn’t have to worry about bad odors anymore either; think of all the time I’d save not showering.

Cubs Lose

Alan mourning a Cubs loss.

Q: What was your dream job growing up?

I just wanted to be famous, whatever that meant. As I’ve gotten older though, my interests have gravitated more towards wanting to establish myself as a well-known writer.

Q: Favorite movie genre?

Romantic dramedies? Rom-drams? Is that a thing?

Q: Do you have a lifehack that changed your life?

I am really good at using my DVR — like really, really good. I don’t know if that counts as a lifehack, but it saves me a lot of time binge-watching heaps of horrible television. I also learned that saying “one one-thousand” equates to one shot of alcohol when pouring a drink. We like our adult beverages here at OneSpace.

Q: If you could be any car, what car would you be, and why?

I’d probably be an ice cream truck; it can brighten most people’s days, maintains a sense of nostalgia, and is usually blaring some sort of annoying tune or melody (I hum aloud a lot).

Alan dressed as one of his favorite veggies for Halloween.

Alan dressed as one of his favorite veggies for Halloween.

Q: If someone named a sandwich after you, what would be on that sandwich?

I don’t really eat a lot of bread, so it’d probably be a lettuce wrap of sorts just stuffed with a bunch of veggies — maybe a little turkey or cheese, but not like ordinary turkey or cheese — like a spicy mesquite or some pepper jack. I also really love condiments, so go crazy.

Q: Favorite office machine?

Probably the Keurig, although I’m pretty fond of the shot ski (again, “team above self”) — not really a machine, but a contraption no less. I’m also a big fan of the popcorn machine, as long as I’m not the one who has to do the popping.

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