Scott manages the applications engineering group in our Charlotte office. Or, as he explains, “I help people solve problems.” Scott’s been with the company since 2012.
1) What five words best describe you at work?
Friendly, energetic, helpful, hardworking, and dedicated
2) What do you do to relax?
I play and write music, I go to the mountains with my wife and sons (Zach and James), and I chop wood. Before he passed, my wife’s father had a log cabin on about 25 acres in the Tennessee mountains. Built in 1789, the cabin’s only heat source is wood. My father-in-law used to say, “wood is the only fuel that heats you twice.” We still enjoy going up there as a family. And for me, chopping wood is meditative.
3) What’s your favorite book or movie?
The original Star Wars was a huge influence on me. The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote about the power of myths in our lives, and Star Wars falls into that category. It’s a classic story – an orphan, set on a journey by a wise old man, has to overcome all these obstacles to achieve his goal. Paired with groundbreaking visuals, it was a very powerful thing. After that, I’d have to say, Harry Potter, and of course, Douglas Evans’ classic book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
4) What are people surprised to learn about you?
I am a card-carrying union member. I’ve been in the Actors’ Equity Association for a long time. In 2006, I was voted Best Local Actor (Creative Loafing Charlotte) for my performances in The Shakespeare Stealer, Fully Committed and Fahrenheit 451. In 1996, I was voted Best Actor In Charlotte (by The Charlotte Observer) for my work with Charlotte Repertory Theatre including Angels In America. I like to say I had a career before I had a career.
5) What advice would you give a new TKXS employee?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Making mistakes is OK – if you don’t make a few when you’re starting out, then you’re probably not doing enough. It all goes back to one of our core values, Stay Curious. I’d encourage you to internalize all our values and make them become real for you.