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Meet Kimberley Lloyd, TurbsoSquid Accountant

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by

Parade-going Squid Kim Lloyd

This week’s TS bio post features Kimberley Lloyd, a member of the accounting team.  Originally hailing from the UK, Kim eventually followed her husband, Jonathan Lloyd (VP of Product Development), to New Orleans and TurboSquid.  Read on to discover more about her experience in the States, New Orleans, and which superpower she secretly wishes to possess.

Alright, so how’d you land in the US and at TurboSquid?

I landed in the states by airplane from Manchester Airport to Chicago O’Hare then to New Orleans. No, seriously I ended up in the states by following my husband here when he landed a job at TS. Little did I know that I was soon to employed by TS too.

I managed to get a job here because back in the UK I was an accountant, and the accounting department at TS was in need of someone else. I guess they felt I would be a good fit because I had helped out with the accounting for Falling Pixel, which essentially works in a very similar way to TS. Also I think people were concerned about my sanity. I came to the States on a H4 visa, which is for spouses of people with H1B visas and means I was not allowed to work; so I spent a lot of time at home playing housewife before I got the job at TS and my new visa, and, let me tell you, playing housewife is the most boring job for someone who does not have children!

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Meet Christopher Briere, Product Support Agent

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by

TS Super Support Agent and Proud Papa, Chris Briere

Our latest squid spotlight shines on Product Support superstar, Chris Briere.  As with many of our Squids, the path to a career within the digital arts industry began with a fascination for video games. Known around the office as “Briere” due to an overabundance of Chris’s, this Chris was guided by a good woman to pursue a degree in line with what he loves  (and we’re so thankful that she did).

What’s a day in the life of Chris Briere like?

Wake up at 4:50am, pick up Kevin Alimia on my way.  Arrive at the office at 6am, work on personal models from 6am to 9am.  Convert models and work on basic support from 9am to 5pm.  Get off of work and usually get home for 6-6:30pm.  Eat dinner with my wife and child, watch TV, sleep, repeat!

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Meet Sam “Enzo/Whiskers” Stites, Product Architect and Analyst

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by

On the heels of Mardi Gras here in New Orleans, we can’t think of a more festive Squid to spotlight. Get to know this Vassar grad who is bringing some theatricality to TurboSquid and the city that he now calls home.

What’s with the multiple nicknames?

My friend and I were on a road trip to a juggling convention where everyone has awesome nicknames so we made them up on the drive. My friend is “Bambi” and/or “Panda,” but I’m pretty sure these only lasted about 20 minutes.

Aren’t you involved in the circus, too?  Tell us about some things you do outside the office.

I’m a huge fan of the circus, as I’ve been in Vassar’s Barefoot Monkeys Circus Troupe for the past four years. More recently, however, I’ve slowed down on my fire spinning and juggling—although I’m going to juggle seven in the year—and I’m doing improv at The New Movement Theater (which also is in Austin). Of course this adds up to the fact that I’m a Venture for America Fellow, and I’m pretty keen on engaging New Orleans in a positive way that adds value. I’m a huge fan of design thinking, and I’m about to start a human-centered design meetup group to unbundle how we might help the city. (more…)

Meet Christell “Grammar Woman” Gause, Member Services Trainer/Supervisor

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by

This week’s first meet-the-Squids interview features Christell “Grammar Woman” Gause: part grammarian superhero, part assiduous support supervisor, part nocturnal trivia fiend.  This should be interesting . . .

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From Left to Right: Christell Gause, along with fellow Squids Klaudyna Stawicka-Rokuszewska, Deanna Sparkman, and Chris “CJ” Johns.

 

As leader of Support and Member Services, how do you spend most of your time in the office?

There’s really no telling what I’ll be working on each day. One of the things I like about my job is that my day-to-day changes from day-to-day. One of my main responsibilities is to educate and encourage the support team to provide the best customer service that they can. I then do individual quality reviews to help agents continue to develop their strengths and to pinpoint areas where they may need some more coaching.

With that said, my job has so many more facets. I’m consistently involved in finding and developing ways to improve the TurboSquid experience for artists and customers. I also maintain the Knowledge Base, adding articles and editing existing ones when things change. I also review new articles that other employees add to make sure that they are as clear as possible and, as my superhero name implies, grammatically sound.

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Meet Adam O’Neal, QA Inspector

Friday, January 4th, 2013 by

After a brief sabbatical, we’re back and hoping you had a very happy New Year.  We’re ringing in 2013 with another addition to our meet-the-Squids series.  This week, we’ve got Adam O’Neal: a 3D modeling, video-game playing, New Orleanian inline skater.  Sound interesting?  Please continue.

Like nearly all of our inspectors, you often work on your own modeling while at home.  There’s certainly a unique dynamic at TurboSquid, in which the line between work-life and personal-life occasionally seems blurred (in a good way).  How does it work for you?  Is there a clear divide between when you’re in work mode and when you’re thinking more along the lines of an artist? (more…)

Meet Anthony Sardenga, QA Inspector

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by

The holiday season is in full gear here at TurboSquid, and we’re getting in the spirit by continuing to celebrate the talents and efforts of our awesome staff.  Today, let’s get to know another QA’er, Anthony Sardenga, a little more.  From zombie apocalypses to Checkmate inspections, Anthony’s got you covered for the holidays.

Routine opening question: what’s your day on the job consist of?

I communicate with the artists back and fourth, assisting them with getting their models up to the CheckMate standard, whether it’s through full preview pages or inspecting their models for clean geometry. I mostly work in Maya, but I do work in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Softimage, and LightWave as well.  Best part of it all, I am able to interact with so many talented artists from around the world. Every once in a while I get to teach someone something, but I also find myself learning something from our artists every now and then. You’re never too old to learn something new.

If I’m correct, you’ve just graduated (congrats!); but, until recently, you were balancing life as both a full-time student and a TurboSquid employee.  How did you manage to pull that off, and what were you studying in school?

Thanks! Yes, I just finished my last day of class recently and I have officially graduated. I am beyond excited! I can say that my planner had become my best friend. It was important to plan ahead of time for what I wanted to do and what I needed to do. You just have to want to make the time. As far as studies, I went for Art and Graphic Design.

So when you’re not completely booked—and hopefully that’s about to change—what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I get the chance, I love to draw anything from portraits to cartoons.  I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid.  I’m also a big geek when it comes to Marvel or DC comics. I read them religiously.  Aside from that, I like to keep active and exercise (running, sports), as well as eating right. (I’m in New Orleans, so don’t judge me if I cheat once in a while!) But keeping active is important to me outside of work, because I never find the time to do so anywhere else.  I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family—which is a priority.

What kinds of comics are you most interested in?

I’m mostly into The Walking Dead right now. Like many, I started watching the television show, and that’s how I’ve found out about the comics. I would say they are some of the best comics that I am currently reading now.

And how did you get into modeling?

I’ve always found 3d modeling interesting. However, when I took a 3d modeling class and was introduced to 3ds Max . . . I was beyond amazed. So when the opportunity for TurboSquid came about, I did not hesitate to accept the offer. I have learned a whole lot more about modeling just by working at TurboSquid. Not just from my co-workers, but from the artist as well. It’s inspired me to begin building my own models in the future.

What’s the best part about working here, for you?

Overall, I love the people that I work with. Everyone is fun to be around, and there are so many different personalities that get along great with one another. Everyone has been taught differently when it comes to 3D modeling, and I have learned so much from my other fellow inspectors.

Needless to say, you’ve seen and inspected a lot of TurboSquid models.  Do you have a favorite?

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I have worked with Massimo Righi many times before, which I’ve enjoyed. His models of animals are always top quality and just down right beautiful. The first time I saw this lion, I had to wonder if this was an actual model or if it was real.

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