If you follow us on social media or read this blog, you know that we have a special trophy we like to pass around when a member of the NDG team has had a great month.
The most recent recipient of the Giant Thumb Award is Vice President, Operations Dax Eckel. Dax always has a lot on his plate. It comes with the job and the sweet corner office — OK, he shares it — but in recent weeks, he has been especially busy. And he’s handled it all as he always does, with great skill, a positive attitude and many cups of coffee.
The Thumb helps, obviously. He was gracious enough to take a break from his hectic schedule to indulge us in this Q&A. Enjoy.
Growing up as a musician, you have no doubt dreamed of winning a Grammy. But this is pretty close, no?
My Grammy hopes and dreams may be buried in the past, but it’s always nice to be appreciated for the hard work every day. Could I paint it gold?
The Thumb is a great honor, but it also means you have to live up to it. How has The Thumb inspired you to do your best work?
Although the Thumb is a great reminder, it’s really my co-workers that inspire me. Every morning when I walk thru the door it’s game on. I’m just trying to keep pace with the talent around me.
Have other NDG team members seemed to treat you with more respect — reverence, even — now that you are in possession of The Thumb?
Well, I find people knocking on the closed office door more often, rather than just walking in. Is that because of The Thumb? Who knows? It could just be because the door is locked.
Kathy Albrecht, who passed The Thumb on to you, decorated it with pink fingernails. How might you be accessorizing the trophy before it moves on to the next recipient?
As an avid Minnesota sports fan, it may be passed on to the next person with Viking horns or a Kevin Garnett #21 marked on it somewhere.