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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…)

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