Thursday, December 22, 2011

BuildingLink Spotlight: Andrew Kaplan

A native-new Yorker, Andrew works in the Support department, serving as Operations Quality Manager. In addition to providing customer support and training new staff, he also plays a crucial role in BuildingLink set-up and implementation for our new customers.

Background

Q: Where are you from and why did you come to NY?

A: I spent a lot of time in Westchester, but now I live in Queens. I came to NY because, well… I was sort of born here!

Q: What was your most interesting job?

A: Working for World Wrestling Entertainment in the marketing department. When I wasn't taking phone calls from fans, I was facilitating meet-and-greets between kids and wrestlers (usually organized through the Make-A-Wish foundation). I was also security one night for a female performer during a non-televised event, at which time a married professional wrestler tried hitting on her and threatened to kill me if I didn't walk away. But I stayed… and fortunately lived to tell the tale.

Q: Just for the record, how tall are you?

A: To the unnamed wrestler (he still works there, so I’ve got to keep a lid on his identity), I probably looked about 5’0.” But I’m a wee bit taller than that. ;-)

Q: Kudos! So how long have you been at BuildingLink?

A: Three years, give or take.

Q: Most people here have a creative side. Do you? What is it?

A: I used to be a cartoonist. My last project was a one-panel ongoing comic strip, mostly making fun of pop culture. One of the most popular was a picture of Spiderman sitting by his computer reading a book entitled “Advanced Web Design.”
(*crickets*)
…I guess you just had to be there.

Favorites

TV show: Burn Notice
Color: Blue
Movie: Fight Club

Fun/Silly

Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A: I'd be a snake because my bite is worse than my bark.

Q: If you had to write an autobiography, what would you title it?

A: I'm a Snake. My Bite is Worse than my Bark.

Q: What's your horoscope sign?

Attributes include earthy and stubborn. I’ll let you figure it out from there.

Q: So Taurus?

A: Shhhh...

Grand Finale

Q: Why BuildingLink? What is your favorite thing about working here?

A: It's very interesting working for a company that actually moves forward and doesn't remain stagnant. More importantly, I like working here because the people genuinely care, are a lot of fun, and even pretend to laugh at my jokes...

Q: Haha.

A: See, just like that!