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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Anuli Akanegbu

November 20, 2015

Anuli Akanegbu | UncommonGoodsAnuli Akanegbu, UncommonGoods Vendor Relations Associate

My hometown is…
Laurel, MD. The city of Laurel has land in three counties, so you now know my home town, but not where I’m from. Weird, right?

When I was a kid my favorite television program was…
“Arthur” even though I never understood how an aardvark could have a dog as a pet. I still watch the show occasionally on Netflix. The show has some pretty catchy songs like the “Library Card Song.”

My style is…
All black everything. Despite having a pretty colorful apartment, these days I mostly wear all black with hints of colors like grey and navy blue. I know that doesn’t really count though, but I fully believe that nothing is the new black. Plus, I think there is something sophisticated about the color black. Maybe because it’s harder to tell when you spilled something on your shirt.

My guilty pleasure is…
Watching British reality shows on YouTube. Not the good ones either, I’m talking about “Jersey Shore” quality here.

If I won the lottery, I’d…
Start off by paying my student loans and see how much I have left. How much did I win, exactly?

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Scouring the beauty section for the perfect shade of “nude” nail polish, watching “30 for 30” films on Netflix and perfecting my recipes for guilt-free desserts.

An uncommon fact about me…
My name means “joy” or “daughter who brings happiness” in the Nigerian language of Igbo.

Would you rather…Only speak and write in clichés for an entire day, or ride a tricycle to work through the snow?
I pretty much only speak in clichés and random pop culture references, so that would just be a regular day for me.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Sean Cullen

November 12, 2015

Sean Cullen | UncommonGoods

Sean Cullen, UncommonGoods Human Resources Project Manager

My hometown is…
A New Jersey suburb, DON’T JUDGE ME.

I’m inspired by…
People who do good, literature, travel, and television commercials.

An uncommon fact about me…
I had a piece accepted to McSweeneys Internet Tendency. I’m 95% confident this is what Ben Franklin’s To Do list looked like. I can also name the starting five for every NBA Basketball team during the 1995-1996 season.

In high school, were you a nerd, geek, jock, a popular kid, an academic achiever, a drama kid, arts kid, juvenile delinquent, mean girl, goth, student body president, or some other type?
D. All of the above.

Something that always makes me laugh…
Is when my 94 year-old Nan eats Pop Rocks.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Eating pork buns or sitting in a sauna, sometimes both.

If I could meet anyone, living or not, I would choose…
Living.

My relationship with Mother Nature is…
Let’s just put it this way – the measure of our mutual attraction has never been stronger.

If I could learn anything, it would be…
How to learn everything instantaneously… especially ventriloquism.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Max Peña

October 27, 2015

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Max Peña, Uncommongoods Associate Supervisor 

My hometown…
Right here, Sunset Park. I grew up 5 blocks from UG and now live on Staten Island, but I still visit every day.

I’m passionate about…
Quality time with family and friends, my wife Milly and especially my daughter Gabriella.

When I was a kid my favorite television program was…
Mission Impossible. I wanted to be a spy.

A song I love so much that I played it until I was sick of it…
All of Ed Sheeran‘s music.

The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen is…
My little girl experiencing life, learning and soaking it all up. Loving animals, nature, music, and the arts.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Spending quality time with my family and of course my dog Harley. He’s an Italian Greyhound.

My favorite place to go in New York City is…
Plays and Musicals! Absolutely!!!

An uncommon fact about me…
I am a 5 time Champion in the Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT).
I’m addicted to dominoes and have run a dominoes league.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Rebekah Krikke

October 22, 2015

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Rebekah Krikke, Assistant Production Manager, Product Development

My hometown…
A hybrid of central Illinois and Kobe, Japan.

I’m inspired by…
Long walks, new perspectives, gratitude, and the color orange.

What I love about Product Development is…
Seeing a product take form as it moves from concept to reality.

When I’m not at work, I’m usually….
Exploring random neighborhoods in New York, relaxing at home with my husband, or being “productive” at a local coffee shop.

My favorite place to bring out-of-towners is…
Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I’m most looking forward to _______ this summer.
Going to my first Indian Wedding in Bangkok.

An uncommon fact about me is….
I studied Japanese tea ceremony for a few years in high school. I love green tea, so much so that my family named our Boston Terrier “Matcha.”

If I could put my desk anywhere in the world it would be…
An ocean view office where you can hear the waves from your desk and go on occasional swim breaks for inspiration.

My favorite uncommon good is…
Our Personalized New York City subway signs.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Joe Bogdos

October 15, 2015

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Joe Bogdos, UncommonGoods Accounting Assistant

My hometown…
New York City.

I’m passionate about…
’60s underground rock and ’70s Jamaican dub.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Hanging out with my three-year-old son.

Something that always makes me laugh…
Chris Elliott‘s appearances on early Letterman.

Something that always relaxes me is…
Naps (when I’m able to take them, which is hardly ever).

My guilty pleasure is…
I enjoy watching the kids’ show Peppa Pig just as much as my son does, if not more.

My favorite place to eat in NYC is…
The Bounty in Greenpoint. It’s a bistro-type place that specializes in seafood, but also has great burgers and grilled chicken, etc.

An uncommon fact about me…
I was once babysat by the Hells Angels.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Dominique Smith

October 7, 2015

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Dominique Smith, UncommonGoods Operations Administrator

My hometown…
I was born and raised in Brooklyn and then lived in the Poconos for 5 years, then came back. Guess I couldn’t stay away.

I’m inspired by…
Music and other people’s personal experiences. I find motivation and loads of inspiration by hearing people tell stories about their life. Mostly rich people talk about obstacles they’ve overcome. I always watch interviews and documentaries to learn more about people overall.

The word or phrase that best describes me…
Different! I’m a little bit of a lot. Awkward, inspirational, ambitious, unfiltered, humble, creative, mature, focused, etc. Most people compare me to other people my age (22) and stare at me in disbelief when I describe the things that I have done and want to do in my life. “You’re so different!” is what I hear the most. I’m sure it’s a good thing as that’s usually followed up with how advanced I seem in comparison. I don’t consider myself advanced; I’d rather describe that as focused.

When I’m not working, I’m…
Always working, lol. When I’m not working at UG, I’m planning out how I’m going to take over the world. Or at least how I’m getting my first million dollars!!

What is something you always wanted to be able to do?
I can do anything. If I really want to do it, I have plans in the works to get it done. If I only kinda sorta want to do it, I’m not going to do it. I only move with passion and purpose.

If I could learn to do one thing perfectly, it would be…
How to analyze stocks in order to make a living off it. Doesn’t seem to be anything better than waking up in the morning, sitting at your computer in your plush loft in Miami with a bowl of cereal and trading stocks making thousands or dollars in a day over the course of a few hours. Solely my opinion.

The best luck I’ve had in my life so far was…
I don’t really believe in luck; however, some pretty awesome things happen to me sometimes. For example, a few months ago I went to a real estate workshop. The teacher was trying to teach us how important having a mentor is. At one point he asked a question and no one knew the answer, so I asked one of the guys they designated as mentors to help us. When I related his answer to the teacher, he handed me a $100 bill. The same thing happened the next day. $200 for doing nothing!

If I could meet anyone, living or not, I would choose…
Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Whichever one had about an hour of knowledge to give me. That’d be the longest, most exciting hour of my life!!

An uncommon fact about me…
I want to be able to retire by the age of 35. I won’t actually retire. I’m just saying I want to be able to at that age, and then travel the world as a motivational speaker. I have 13 years to do it!

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