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Six Things: Carsen

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One of the best things about working at Randall Branding is building relationships with great people. We love it when our clients share their world with us. And in the interest of returning the favor, we’ll be sharing parts of our weird and wonderful world with you here.


Six things you may not know about Carsen Young, our Front-End Web Developer.

 

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1. I have a first-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu-jitsu. That’s the hand-to-hand martial art that was developed by the ancient samurai. I started studying it shortly after I graduated from college and earned my black belt nine long years later.

2. In two minutes or less, I can (usually) solve a Rubik’s Cube. My personal record is 57.8 seconds but it usually takes me between 90 and 120 seconds. When I’m stuck on a problem, I find a few good solves of the cube can be enough of a distraction to let me come back to the problem with fresh eyes.

3. I’m a backyard beekeeper! I had some friends who kept bees and I thought it was neat, and such an important thing for the environment. I do have a full bee suit but I only wear it if I’m doing something particularly invasive. Most of the time I’m out there with them in shorts and a t-shirt with just a veil to protect my face, just in case, and I’ve never been stung while inspecting a hive. There’s a lot of fear and lack of knowledge out there about honey bees, but they are not nearly as scary as people think, they serve an integral role in our food supply, and honey fresh from the hive is absolutely amazing.

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4. For several years, I volunteered with Hollins Rescue Squad in Roanoke County.  By the time I left, I was the First Lieutenant of the rescue squad. I also was a certified instructor in CPR as well as basic first aid, though I’ve let those certifications lapse.  Although I don’t run on an ambulance these days, I’m still a certified EMT in the state of Virginia through the year 2020.

5. Jack-o-lanterns are kinda a big deal for me. I usually start working on drawing out my pattern sometime in September. In addition to the standard Halloween scene, I’ve carved the logos for several organizations I’ve been part of for their respective Halloween events and I even carved a memorial jack-o-lantern for one of my dogs who passed away.

6. Backyard cookouts are my favorite social activity. It’s a love only slightly tempered by the fact that I will attract every single mosquito within a ten-mile radius. I actually bought my house almost exclusively because of the back deck and large semi-private backyard. Outdoor entertaining space was priority number one when I was house hunting.

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Six Things: Kate

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One of the best things about working at Randall Branding is building relationships with great people. We love it when our clients share their world with us. And in the interest of returning the favor, we’ll be sharing parts of our weird and wonderful world with you here.


Six things you may not know about Kate Fallon, our Account Executive, Research Specialist and Strategic Planner.

 

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1. Skiing is my favorite activity. I started skiing at age three in Telluride, Colorado and have been at it ever since. As president of my high school’s Alpine Club, it used to be a goal of mine to spend a year as a liftie at a ski resort in Colorado. But, I’m even happier to be spending my time in advertising.

2. I LOVE animals. While a big fan of domesticated pets, like dogs and cats (I have a black lab named Boomer and a cat name Kitty), my favorite animal is a Kinkajou. It’s this cute little monkey-like creature with a really long tail and really big, awesome eyes.

3. I really enjoy playing music. I played violin for six years and have learned (to varying degrees) how to play piano, guitar and the bagpipes. However, my favorite way to make music is singing. I was in choir for six years, travelling to Nashville and around the state of Illinois for different competitions before I went to college.

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4. As a result of my love of music, I have grown to be enthralled with the performing arts and participated in a few different plays and musicals in my area. I love musicals. You can most likely hear me humming the melody to a show tune at any given moment.

5. In high school, I worked at a specialty foods store and catering company. We were on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for our Deeply Fudgy Brownies and the company has a ton of other great items on our menu. Because of this experience, I am a big foodie and take so much enjoyment out of trying a new restaurant. I want to open my own restaurant some day, but for now am subsisting on delicious sandwiches, steaks and…my favorite food…dill pickles.

6. My family is from the Chicago area and my parents are my biggest inspirations. They both work full-time, but have been able to give my younger sister and I such a loving and supportive life. We’re especially close with our neighbors and one of my favorite memories is of my mom making delicious chili and buffalo wings for football games, and sitting around with all of our neighbors talking about life. As a Midwesterner, Chicago Bears football, mom’s chili and family friends were an integral part of growing up, and I hope to always bring the kind and hardworking Midwestern work method into my professional life.

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