Life at Flywheel
February 28, 2017 by Melanie Phelan

The significant seven February hires!

It’s been a while since our last new hire class started, so we thought it was time to add to the Fly Family. We asked them a few questions to help us get to know them, and we cannot help but share!

Alex O’Neill, Inside Sales Representative

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in the small town of Wakefield, Nebraska. I enjoyed playing a number of different sports, but basketball and golf were my favorites. I was fortunate enough to play college golf at Morningside college where I received a double major in Political Science and Business. I have one older brother, one younger sister, and an older step brother and sister. Even though I have a small immediate family, I come from a large extended family. My father is one of 12 brothers and sisters. I have lived in Omaha for roughly a year now.

What are your hobbies? I’m a big fan of live music (I’m willing to go to just about any concert). I also enjoy listening to podcasts, cooking (even though I am not all that great at it), reading, being outdoors, and just about all sporting events hold my interest.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Ireland! I was able to study abroad there for two-ish months and who doesn’t like Guinness?

What is your favorite thing on the internet? It may be nerdy to say, but just about any news source or fantasy football. I’m a big fan of either of those options.

What animal do you most relate to and why? I think I most identify with a horse. From my very brief research, the horse represents personal drive, passion, and an appetite for freedom…sounds good to me!

Daniel Beasley, Happiness Engineer

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born in Charleston, WV. I am married with one child (son) and I have five brothers and zero sisters. I owned a coffee shop for five years, so of course I love coffee…and beer and pizza.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy snowboarding, traveling, sprint triathlons, reading, and learning new programming languages.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Greece – Santorini

What is your favorite thing on the internet? This video.

What animal do you most relate to and why? Instead of an animal, I’m sharing my nickname: Chief Treading Water. I’m ¼ (ish) Cherokee Indian, and I got the name in high school because I can tread mad water. My longest length of time to date is 3.5 hours!

John Torson, Inside Sales Representative

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? Tall, ex-basketball player. I was born and raised in Omaha, but have lived in Missouri, Portugal, and Northern France as well.

What are your hobbies? I love to coach basketball, read, and play golf.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? My favorite vacation destination is Las Vegas. I go with a group of college buddies for the first weekend of March Madness (college basketball tourney) most years.

What is your favorite thing on the internet? This video.

What animal do you most relate to and why? The animal I most relate to is the giraffe. Clever, patient, resourceful, and generally brilliant at seeing above the trees. The only argument against me would be that I’m not often described as graceful…

Juan Aguero, Happiness Engineer

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m 23 years old. Last year, I graduated from Interface Web School where I learned front-end development. When I’m not learning new things, I love to relax and play Fifa. I also love Music!!! My favorite rapper is Fabolous; his metaphors are insane.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing soccer, modifying my car, and beating my friends in FIFA 17.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? I haven’t traveled much but Rome is on my bucket list. I think I would love it there.

What is your favorite thing on the internet? I love this robot video.

What animal do you most relate to and why? Has to be a panda because it represents good luck and they have a positive outlook on life. Also because I like the song by Desiigner called “Panda” (lol).

Karissa Williams, Inside Sales Representative

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I come from an event-focused background. I started out as an event producer with a firm here in Omaha and worked with corporate and nonprofit clients. I then moved on to a sales and events coordinator position at a private country club. I’m very eager to focus on helping people make their lives easier with Flywheel!

What are your hobbies? I’m very family oriented, so most of my time is spent hanging out with them. I also love working on my house, playing with my dogs, and the occasional night out with friends.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Table Rock Lake in Missouri is my absolute favorite vacation spot. It’s a hidden gem of a lake in The Ozarks.

What is your favorite thing on the internet? A Classic: Ultimate Dog Tease

What animal do you most relate to and why? The animal I most relate to is a dog. Mainly because I love them as much as people but they represent loyalty, curiosity, and devotion.

Katie Nightingale, Customer Success Specialist

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a Nebraska native and have been in relationship management roles for the past several years. I enjoy partnering with organizations and finding creative ways to make their jobs easier and better. I’m an aspiring puppy mother, definitely a Hufflepuff, and an avid ‘Bachelor’ fan with high hopes of appearing on the Wheel of Fortune someday.

What are your hobbies? In my free time, I love concerts, happy hours, finding new brunch places, pretending I love running, and spending time with my book club. I also do freelance calligraphy and manage a small Etsy shop on the side for both custom and pre-made hand-lettered prints.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Italy – Because gelato, pasta, wine, and history.

What is your favorite thing on the internet? Etsy to support small sellers, and Drunk Ron Swanson.

What animal do you most relate to and why? I’d go with a dolphin because they’re playful, intelligent, and represent harmony and balance.

Nathan Pike, Happiness Engineer

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’ll be getting my B.S. in Computer Science from UNO this spring. I like a lot of forms of entertainment (mostly video games, movies, and music).

What are your hobbies? Playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, playing board games, hanging out with friends, watching TV, and occasionally going outside for camping/rock climbing/whatever.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Estes Park, CO.

What is your favorite thing on the internet? Reddit, heyyeyaaeyaaaeyaeyaa.com, and diep.io.

What animal do you most relate to and why? Captain Falcon. He’s the epitome of awesomeness.

And there you have it folks. These are the newest members to join the team at Flywheel and they couldn’t be a better fit. We cannot wait to see what they will accomplish!

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