Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?
A. My primary role is Assistant General Counsel, but I’m also responsible for handling our inventor relations. As Assistant GC, I do whatever Chris Clark, EN’s General Counsel, tells me to do. I’m usually involved with every legal document that comes through the building, from drafting licensing agreements, confidentiality agreements, master agreements for our Live Product Searches, and even the legal agreement that governs our use of the Coca-Cola® Freestyle machine. I also oversee our intellectual property infringement program that identifies counterfeit products in the marketplace and initiating the appropriate action against the infringing party. In terms of handling EN’s inventor relations, I’m in regular contact with our inventors who have licensed products to keep them up to date on the status of their invention, and I also respond to all support site and telephone inquiries for members having technical difficulties or who are just getting introduced to EN. So not much, really.
Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?
A. It seems like everyone who is asked this question invariably says the people and that’s the obvious answer for me as well, but I think a more complete answer is the anticipation and excitement of what the people here are going to achieve together. What is truly inspiring about working here is building something with a talented group of creative, hard-working individuals who have invested in the vision of our company. The best part is knowing that we are on the verge of exploding on a global scale and that I’m going to have a front row seat when it happens.
Q3. What’s your favorite food?
A. My mother’s chicken cordon bleu.
Q4. What are 3 items you can’t live without?
A. A comfy pair of flip flops, my MacBook, and my Clinique face soap (I have really sensitive facial skin and it never leaves me feeling tight or dry).
Q5. What’s on your DVR right now?
A. My 3-year old son, Thomas, probably knows the list better than I do. Dozens of “Thomas the Train,” “Curious George,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episodes, and NASCAR races (he likes the M&M’s car), and for the grown-ups “The Office” and “East Bound and Down.”
Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?
A. Will Ferrell
Q7. What are 3 things on your bucket list?
A. Become a certified yoga instructor, train for and participate in an MMA fight, and attend a full Ryder Cup tournament on foreign soil with an American flag draped around my shoulders (the second and third ones could happen simultaneously).
Q8. If your life had a soundtrack, what’s at least one song that would be on it?
A. “Stronger” by Kanye West
Q9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
A. “If we chase perfection – we can catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi
Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?
A. The Internet. The speed at which information is shared around the world is remarkable when you compare where we were just 100 years ago with the horse and buggy method. Also, the variety of information you can stumble upon is equally as amazing. Just the other night I was working on a school project with my son about panthers, Googling different information about where panthers live (he learned what “habitat” means) and looking at different pictures. Ten minutes later we’re watching YouTube videos of different breeds of dogs giving birth to puppies. Crazy.
Stay tuned for next month’s installment of “Meet the EN Team” where you’ll meet another member of the Edison Nation crew!