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Meet Eric Arvidson, CFO

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by

Eric Arvidson sports his TurboSwagIn our Meet the Squids series, it seems we’ve also managed to cover many distinctive facets of New Orleans culture (food, drink, music, and numerous organizations), and this week’s interview with Eric Arvidson, CFO, is no exception.  Eric is one of the voices of the beloved New Orleans’ listener-supported radio station, WWOZ, now in the midst of its annual membership drive.

Eric offers his thoughts on why he loves WWOZ, and talks to us about one of his more… fiery hobbies.

 

What does your day typically consist of?

A typical day consists of emails, spreadsheets, planning, and meetings. Each day can be a bit different, but the overall goals are to make budget projections and make sure we pay our artists each month. Much of my time is spent helping others do their job, and sometimes that means staying out of the way!

What’s your favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?

Working at TurboSquid is always a challenge and each day presents something new. I enjoy that we try to keep the “corporate rules” to a minimum. But when it really comes down to it, distilled down to its essence, what makes TurboSquid cool is the people – employees, artists, friends and family. It is fun to see everyone working from so many different angles, for a common goal.

What do you do when you’re not at the Squid HQ?

I have fun doing different activities, and enjoy living in New Orleans where you can really enjoy life. I am a volunteer radio host at WWOZ known around town as “the greatest radio station in the universe”. I’m also involved in our regional Burning Man organization that has been very active building large scale art to take to Nevada and to Mardi Gras Krewes. I love making art, even though I never felt like I was very creative.

I love to travel and try to get out of the country at least once a year. I am also in the TurboSquid Fantasy Football League, as a returning two-time champion.

 

Bebe Brulee, NOLA Burners 2012


NOLA Burners’ 2012 project, Bebe Brulee, was featured at Burning Man.
Eric says, “I love to create big art structures and then burn them down. Of course, we do it on purpose (and safely), but I think that scares my wife sometimes…”

 

WWOZ is in the midst of its membership drive - why do you think WWOZ has become so important to New Orleans?  Oh, and when can you be heard on the air?

I think WWOZ is the voice of the culture of New Orleans, and as they say at the station, they are the Guardians of the Groove.  New Orleans has such a unique and robust music scene and I think it is vital that there is an outlet for local musicians and sounds be heard.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderful radio station that pushes that out, all over the world.  I am not regularly scheduled on air, so you just have to keep listening to hear me next!

Sea Stallion by 3d_molier

One more thing!  Tell us about your favorite model from the TurboSquid catalog.

I love this Sea Stallion.  Just a cool looking, big helicopter.

Meet Paul Teall, General Manager : Content Group

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by

Paul Teall : Commissioner of Foo'ball

This week in our Meet the Squids series, we’re talking to Paul Teall, General Manager of the Content Group.  In addition to his management duties, Paul also has a secondary job title at TurboSquid: commissioner of the office’s cutthroat Fantasy Football league.

 

What do you do with your time outside of work?

I’m relatively new to New Orleans, so I still love exploring the city with my family. There’s so much to do here – we’re all still thrilled to be discovering new things about the city.

I’ve had a couple of jobs in the video game industry, and I’ve got a side project centered around that –  gamejobhunter.com: It’s a site that’s focused on helping people get a job making games.

 

What does your day at TurboSquid typically entail?

Working with the CheckMate team to help expand our certification efforts! The team is working incredibly hard to make sure that our quality of our catalog continues to rise. I’m also working on a few more very cool projects, but it’s a little too early to discuss those yet.

 

Do you have a favorite thing about working here?

I love the people that work at TS – we’ve got a really fun and talented team. Being in downtown New Orleans is also great. We’ve got a lot of cool restaurants and bars nearby, which keeps things interesting.

 

What else do you get to do at TS HQ?

One of my unofficial job duties is acting as the TurboSquid Fantasy Football league commissioner. Our league has gotten pretty intense over the years – we’re up to 16 teams, and the competition is ruthless. I get to publicly shame people that forget to set their rosters, which is always fun.

 

Is there anyone in the office who’s doing particularly well this season? Now is an acceptable time to praise them, or throw some shade.

Ted Sedberry is actually 9-0.

 

How much does everyone hate him right now?

Probably a lot. :)

 

Ed. note:Without shaming anyone too hard (I’m super nice like that), we also talked about the highs and lows of the league, with Paul citing the “fall from grace, for our Super Bowl champ of two years ago.” So I had to ask…

 

Is there a Loser Bowl trophy?

They get $50 and a year of living with the shame of a Loser Bowl “championship.”

Blackwater Mercenary by richardsee

 

Before we go, tell us about your favorite model in the TurboSquid catalog:

This Blackwater Mercenary model by richardsee is incredible.

 

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