Spinside Access - Secret Talents

The Secret Talents of Spinutech

By Tyler Peekenschneider on December 2, 2016 in Company News

What is this? At Spinutech we’re all about the relationship. We don’t just want to be your service provider; we want to be your partner. We’ll be sharing an inside look at who we are in our new blog series: “Spinside Access.” Each month we’ll bring you a new post chock full of fun and interesting details about the team, as well as useful tips and resources!

Part 1: Hooray Beer; Part 2: Music makes me...


"Skills are common. Talent is rare."
- Colin Clark

When stepping into the Spinutech office and looking around at the individuals that make the company tick, you might first conclude we are an unassuming bunch. Sure, many are experts in their given field of web design, development or marketing, but this is something one would assume from any professional at a company carving it's own space in an industry. However, spend an hour outside of the office with these folks and you will start to see some of the intracacies of talent and quarks of personality that make up the culture of Spinutech and truly make each person that works here unique.

For instance, have you ever needed to hire someone to do a juggling routine with random objects for a party? Or perhaps befriend a master of trivia and movie quotes to help you dominate your next game of Trivial Pursuit? Well these people may be closer to you than you think and are just a few of the many talents that help to make the Spinutech office feel alive.

Below you will find a sample of some of the unique talents that the Spinutech team has to offer. If you are lucky, maybe you will find something in common with one of them, or better yet find a whole new hobby to get invested in.

Tyler Peekenschneider

Tyler Peekenschneider

Digital Strategist

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
Downhill longboarding

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
Two of my good friends and roommates at the time started getting into it around 2012. Naturally, I had no choice but to also pick it up.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
It is a truly unique feeling not shared with many other activities. Nothing for me beats the sensation of going down a long, curvy road. It is also an added benefit that the best hills are also in the most beautiful places.

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
Despite my joy of taking trips to Wisconsin and Colorado to hit up some truly extraordinary and challenging hills, it was the time spent learning (with lots of falling) the trade with my friends in parking garages in downtown Lincoln Nebraska (no hills to be found there). We would spend hours late into the night practicing simple maneuvers that would eventually enable us to tackle actual hills.

Q. What are the practical applications of this talent/hobby?
If I am being chased by something (maybe a bear) and am at the top of a hill with a piece of wood with wheels on it, I am confident I will get away.

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
Gnartown Shred Lad

Talent in action:

Marc Reifenrath

Marc Reifenrath

Principal

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
Juggling

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
My brother and I learned it one Christmas break when I was in Jr. High.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
It isn't super easy to learn, but once you have it you won't forget.

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
Not one particular story, but often times I get asked to juggle pretty random things. So I'll have a basketball, volleyball and a tennis ball for example.

Q. Are there any practical applications of this talent/hobby?
Totally! I'm a real hit at kids birthday parties!

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
Professional Juggler Extraordinaire

Talent in action: Stay Tuned...!

Luke Baldwin

Luke Baldwin

Web Designer

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
I love working with and supporting kids. I'm in my 6th year on our local school board and for the past 9 years I've coached rec softball, basketball, and volleyball.  

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
My dad was a coach for 50 years and a teacher for over 40. My mom was also a teacher at different points in her life. I suppose I come by this interest in working with kids naturally.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
One, it's provided me an opportunity to play a greater roll in my own kids' lives, but I especially love working with kids who don't necessarily have that "natural" ability. The look on a kids face when they get that first hit or make that first basket - the pride and joy - that's a pretty amazing moment to witness. 

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
There are so many I couldn't possibly answer this. Generally speaking, I'd say it's the moments when one kid encourages another kid when no one's looking. 

Q. Are there any practical applications of this talent/hobby?
My dad has always said "the ultimate goal here is not to win, but to help create better human beings." I think that's a fairly practical application.

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
Director of Having Fun!

Talent in action:

Luke The Leader

Kiley Skadburg

Kiley Skadburg

Digital Account Lead

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
I am really good at remembering random facts, old movies and song lyrics. Half the time I forget my kids' shoes (until they get in the car... hopefully) or their show-and-tell toys, or what my husband just told me this morning, but ask me an American history question or to recite my favorite scene from "Cable Guy" and I'm all over that.

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
I remember being a kid and taping "Walk Like An Egyptian" off the radio (hours spent waiting by the cassette player/radio until that song came on - you couldn't slack off for a second or you'd miss the intro!) so I could learn the words and sing them to my friends. Technology has come a long way, friends.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
My husband completely lacks this ability so it makes me feel sort of good to be able to always one-up him at something. :) I'm also very competitive, so being able to win at trivia games makes me happy.

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
My 5 year old daughter also possesses this ability. We'll act out scenes from her favorite movies word for word (Frozen, Zootopia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, just to name a few) when we play games together. She obviously got this from me and not my husband (see previous response). To give him credit, he'll try to join in the games and play the male roles, but she gets mad at him for not knowing the right lines!

Q. Are there any practical applications of this talent/hobby?
It's a really fun party trick. I can also think of really awesome movie quotes at the perfect time.​

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
Chief Resource Officer of Random Crap​

Talent in action:

Cody See

Cody See

Digital Strategist

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
I can spin a pen around my thumb.

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
My high school economics teacher could do it, so I asked him to show me how.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
It took two weeks of daily practice before I could consistently catch the pen. When you work hard for something, you appreciate it more. Two weeks was a long time in my high school mind.

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
Whenever people see it and get excited, then want me to teach them. It's fun to see them get so excited.

Q. Are there any practical applications of this talent/hobby?
You can impress people in meetings.

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
​Professional Writing Utensil Spinner

Talent in action:

Chuck Christensen

Chuck Christensen

Web Developer

Q. What is a secret talent/hobby you have?
Swimming

Q. When and how did you first develop this talent/hobby?
My parents say 3 years old, when I learned how to back float.

Q. What is it that makes you appreciate being able to do this?
Being good at it.

Q. What is your favorite memory or story associated with this talent/hobby?
Setting national relay records at the age group level. 11-12 and 13-14 age groups

Q. Are there any practical applications of this talent/hobby?
Not drowning.

Q. What would your title be if this became your main profession?
​Aquaman

Talent in action:

Aquaman

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