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Is it really 1000?

Posted Friday, April 14th, 2017 11:29 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 11:29 PM

That seems like way too many

Badass business cards

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2017 12:17 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design,Football at 12:17 PM

That really says it all, doesn’t it?

Well that was really something 

Posted Sunday, February 5th, 2017 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:44 PM

Thanks for the invite JV (and SV)

$10 for the material, $240 for the logos

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:41 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Football,Shopping at 1:41 PM

Don’t want Atlanta to win *that* much

Roman numerals forever

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:53 pm GMT -5 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:53 PM

Super Bowl LI, Houston, Texas

Almost ready for the big show

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:31 pm GMT -5 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:31 PM

Super Bowl LI prep @ NRG Stadium

Best club decor ever

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:29 pm GMT -5 in Design,Football,Travel,Work at 9:29 PM

Deep in the heart of Texas @ NRG Stadium

I ❤ chutes

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:27 pm GMT -5 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:27 PM

It is home to the rodeo, after all

Giant helmets in Texas

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 10:14 am GMT -5 in Football,Travel,Work at 10:14 AM

The credentials cut down on the long walk

Locked down

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2017 04:08 pm GMT -5 in Football,Travel,Work at 4:08 PM

Can’t walk anywhere in this town

Office Art

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017 09:23 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 9:23 PM

Not many of this guy in the building

Baby Steps

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2017 08:50 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:50 AM

Getting closer – a little farther each try

Crayola at the work house

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Shopping at 8:06 PM

New stuff at the Mall of America

One (more) and done

Posted Sunday, January 1st, 2017 05:32 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 5:32 AM

It’s been a great first season (aside from the whole playoff thing)

Emma Boo and Roo

Posted Saturday, December 31st, 2016 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Friends at 4:05 PM

…in the house.

Should’ve started months ago

Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Sports,Work at 7:29 PM

Team member ultimate football (and field goal contest) 🏈

An office holiday card

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Football,Holidays,Links,Video,Work at 12:54 PM

http://www.vikings.com/holiday-card.html

Now look who’s here

Posted Sunday, December 18th, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Work at 12:35 PM

Dad and Lynn @ Colts-Vikes game

Rich and John in the news

Posted Saturday, December 17th, 2016 08:20 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Links,Technology at 8:20 PM

http://www.startribune.com/virtual-vikings-team-wants-fans-on-its-app-for-food-replays/407155186/

Probably my favorite Viking

Posted Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Football at 7:47 PM

Hall of Fame bust of Justice Page

Another Central reunion

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016 11:39 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 11:39 PM

Great to see Erben, Courtney and Herm 

Hello Arizona

Posted Sunday, November 20th, 2016 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Work at 12:25 PM

Welcome to our house

Look who I ran into

Posted Friday, November 18th, 2016 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 7:44 PM

So nice to see Bill and Val

A full year of stadium life

Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Football,Personal,Technology,Work at 7:34 PM

Today is my one year anniversary as IT director at that little building in downtown Minneapolis. This timing also corresponded to an all-staff task of writing individual reviews of what we’ve accomplished in the past year and I found the exercise a fun way to self-reflect. It’s really amazing how much progress has occurred, both physically with the building and professionally with our team.

There are still many things that need to be done, but I’m happy with where my group stands right now. We learn from every event and will get better and more efficient as we gain knowledge from what are some really unique and exciting experiences. It’s stressful and time-consuming, to be sure, but it’s also rewarding in ways that are unlike anything else I’ve seen during my career.

As I wrote in my review, this role is challenging on many levels: multiple partner organizations, political pressures, limited staffing resources, event-driven scheduling, a vast physical environment and multiple, complex systems. On the technology side of things, I get to work in familiar areas like networking, telephone systems, digital signage, mobile devices and workstations. But everything in the building is larger than life, so I’ve learned a lot about scaling and performance (especially with WiFi and cloud-based tools).

Technology is great, but I really feel that communication and customer service are just as important (if not more). With so many different groups in this project, it’s crucial that we manage those relationships properly to be successful. Everyone is important: the guests that pay to attend events, the state officials that entrust us to operate the building, the vendors that have provided the tools we use, the partner organizations that provide complimentary services, the team members on our own staff and, of course, the primary tenant that drives so many key decisions.

I’m very proud of the technology support team we’ve built so far. My one full-timer was a wonderful find (thanks Pash) and is rapidly developing into an all-star on par with the best I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past. Our part-time event staff is vastly over-qualified for the tasks I ask them to perform, but it’s nice to know all that brain-power is there if we need it.

Lastly, I’m proud of the Skol Service pin I was awarded after a very long game day (see above). Staff recognition often gets overlooked, but even small tokens of appreciation like this can go a long ways in keeping people motivated and focused on providing excellent service. Excited to see what the next 365 days have in store…

The Apple Tour

Posted Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 10:18 PM

Schoun in the locker room

We love the NFL

Posted Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 10:30 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Technology at 10:30 AM

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/21/13359892/microsoft-surface-nfl-tablets-patriots-defense

Welcome Texans

Posted Sunday, October 9th, 2016 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Work at 8:02 PM

Thanks for getting us to 5-0

Is there a doctor in the house?

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Schools at 3:43 PM

Dr. Rossi and his crew from Rochester STEM Academy

Football nerds live here

Posted Monday, October 3rd, 2016 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 8:54 PM

Updating score bugs this week

10K resolution is a thing?

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 09:38 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Technology,Television,Video at 9:38 AM

Trucks in the house

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 09:30 am GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Television at 9:30 AM

Monday Night Football broadcast by ESPN

They broke the plane

Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 9:19 PM

DP and his visitor from South Africa

Humid, but cool

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:32 am GMT -5 in Football,Weather,Work at 2:32 AM

Actually too hot, but glad they were open anyways

You can call me Al

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:31 am GMT -5 in Football,Television,Work at 2:31 AM

Al Michaels seems like a cool dude

The Vikings Cut

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:29 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Football,Music,Work at 2:29 AM

Beethoven Rocks

Delta Club is *close*

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:28 am GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 2:28 AM

Broken AP?

SNF on ice

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:26 am GMT -5 in Food,Football,Sports,Work at 2:26 AM

Kick-ass catering in the Delta 360 Club 

The Mind Controls Everything

Posted Sunday, September 18th, 2016 09:44 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Personal,Work at 9:44 AM

http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/i-m-not-the-lone-wolf/

Are you ready for some football?

Posted Saturday, September 17th, 2016 10:30 am GMT -5 in Football,Television,Work at 10:30 AM

Yes, I think we’re ready

How was the game, coach?

Posted Monday, August 29th, 2016 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 10:22 PM

Megan would make an awesome interview room manager

First NFL game – check

Posted Sunday, August 28th, 2016 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:59 PM

Vikings vs. Chargers pre-season game 1

Every office needs a shield

Posted Saturday, August 6th, 2016 10:47 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 10:47 AM

Thank you, Vikings

Skol, bitches!

Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football at 2:55 PM

SK told me to say that

That answers that

Posted Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 06:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,News,Work at 6:58 PM

Sid’s seat in the new press box

The ribbon is cut

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016 01:10 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:10 PM

That went off without a hitch

Skol Mary Tyler Moore Style

Posted Sunday, July 17th, 2016 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Football at 1:02 PM

MK with some air time

Stadium Life

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:12 am GMT -5 in Biking,Football,Work at 8:12 AM

More and more each day

Ready for their tryout

Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2016 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 8:58 PM

Really nice to see the Studio 4 crew again

Adios Levi’s Stadium

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:17 am GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Travel at 1:17 AM

Great hosts with excellent insight

Goooooooooooooal

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:13 am GMT -5 in Football,Travel at 1:13 AM

There were actually three: Uruguay 3, Jamaica 0

Better than Candlestick

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:10 am GMT -5 in Football,Travel at 1:10 AM

In everything but location

A pair of Ninerds in the wild

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:08 am GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Travel,Work at 1:08 AM

I think they prefer Nidorks

Closer to the players

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 11:11 am GMT -5 in Football,Links at 11:11 AM

http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/06/10/vikings-new-stadium-minnesota-us-bank-stadium

Pash in the house

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016 07:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Photography,Technology at 7:50 PM

That new throwback app from Iconfactory brings a tear to my eye

And the kick is up…

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 3:28 PM

Goalposts are up at our little project 

Skol from Cho Oyu

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 09:34 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Sports at 9:34 AM

http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Fan-Brings-Team-Flag-on-Climb-up-World%E2%80%99s-6th-Tallest-Mountain/280c5c1b-9282-4b1c-b6d3-5c7558c16295?campaign=sf28133126+sf28133126

Florida 💜 Purple

Posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Work at 9:01 PM

Brian and Patti visit our little project

Border towns

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Travel at 3:13 PM

Winona Shopko is bipolar

Mikey Boom-Boom

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:02 PM

Marco in the big house

We’ll take these

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football at 7:27 PM

The family in Valhalla

Shusters in the house

Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 12:47 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 12:47 PM

John and Cathy, Minneapolis 

MK is in so much trouble

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 12:24 PM

Who let them in here?

Rollin’ in the VIP Room

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016 11:37 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 11:37 AM

Vikings Draft Party, Minneapolis 

Pepsi Skol

Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2016 04:43 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 4:43 PM

Vikings Draft Party 2016

Now Hiring

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 08:35 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:35 AM

Skol Service @ Minneapolis Convention Center

Next season starts tomorrow 

Posted Sunday, April 17th, 2016 09:44 pm GMT -5 in Football at 9:44 PM

Stillwater Football 1975, Adam Thien, Stefon Diggs, Linval Joseph, Chad Greenway, Coach Zimmer

Minnesota Football Honors

Posted Sunday, April 17th, 2016 05:29 pm GMT -5 in Football at 5:29 PM

Someone is working the room hard

Jenn with two N’s

Posted Saturday, April 9th, 2016 07:03 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 7:03 PM

Visitors from Da Range

um

Posted Friday, April 1st, 2016 09:02 am GMT -5 in Design,Football,Work at 9:02 AM

Personally, I’d leave it that way

It’s a game changer

Posted Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 07:59 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Work at 7:59 AM

http://www.archdaily.com/784289/us-bank-stadium-a-game-changing-multi-purpose-nfl-stadium

 

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