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Adam was busy

Posted Monday, July 17th, 2017 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 3:14 PM

So much cool X Games art

Thanks Atmosphere

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 8:05 PM

Closed it out right

It’s a wrap!

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:31 PM

X Games year one is in the books – learned so much

X Games Reflections

Posted Saturday, July 15th, 2017 03:06 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 3:06 PM

Medtronic Plaza @ U.S. Bank Stadium

Not a bad view

Posted Friday, July 14th, 2017 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 11:20 PM

The Big Air people aren’t right in the head

It’s almost showtime

Posted Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 12:58 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 12:58 PM

And I think we are mostly ready

Work Art

Posted Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Art,Work at 9:21 PM

$150k, right?

A New Era with Chuck

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Travel,Work at 1:02 PM

The 2017 Cisco Live Keynote @ Mandalay Bay

Watch out, Vegas

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:52 am GMT -5 in Friends,Travel,Work at 11:52 AM

The Vegas virgin has arrived

Taking an old one

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 05:54 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 5:54 AM

MSP-LAS Flight #DL2847

I spy a pizza girl

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:43 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 1:43 AM

Kid two started her new summer job across the street

Shh! It’s really a work trip

Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel,Work at 7:27 PM

Vegas in two…

Glad Bono reconsidered

Posted Thursday, June 8th, 2017 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 7:42 PM

Happy to have this one at my office

Happy Birthday Jen!

Posted Monday, June 5th, 2017 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 7:49 PM

Three martini Mondays are a great way to celebrate @ Freehouse

2017 TC 1 Mile

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 12:04 am GMT -5 in Friends,Running,Work at 12:04 AM

A week ago Thursday was my fifth TC 1 Mile (and second as a captain in the Corporate Team Challenge). We had a small team this year, but I found it funny that the U.S. Bank Stadium team was larger than the U.S. Bank team (we also had more people than Best Buy, Cargill, Medica, Buffalo Wild Wings and HealthEast). This qualified us for the fastest team competition, which required a minimum of five participants (with at least one woman and one person 40 or older). Our combined time of 1:02:46 was good for second to last place, but I’m extremely happy with our group. The winning team from 3M was amazing: a blazing 25:30, which included a 4:38 by a 46-year-old (!).

Our two fastest runners from last year did not return to defend, so I was just trying to stay in the sixes (while not getting injured before Grandma’s). My PR was set in 2013 (6:10) and I’ve been all over the map (6:20, 6:28 and 6:47) before trotting to a 6:58.4 this year. This was good for 726th out of 1,962 overall and 52nd out of 103 in my age group. I still really like the new route by the Guthrie, but could’ve swore we turned left at Izzy’s and not one block further down. That was a tough one mentally, but the bigger problems were my lack of training and the extra weight my doctor wants me to shed.

Thanks to Shelly, Liz, Erin and Sarah for joining me this year – well done!

Work road trip 

Posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 12:21 PM

Mall of America and CiscoVision

Today’s view

Posted Friday, April 21st, 2017 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Work at 1:35 PM

Manager retreat @ Maslon’s 33rd floor

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

I love my office

Posted Thursday, April 6th, 2017 11:20 am GMT -5 in Golf,Technology,Work at 11:20 AM

IBM doing their thing at the Masters

Showtime

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Travel,Work at 8:24 PM

The road ends now

Almost time to dance

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 05:28 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Work at 5:28 PM

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina @ 6pm local

This press box is so chill

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Travel,Work at 7:02 PM

But it’s crazy out there

We are all from Spokane

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Travel,Work at 7:00 PM

I do have a dog in this fight

90 minutes in traffic

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 06:58 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Travel,Work at 6:58 PM

…then 15 minute security line

The merch is on point

Posted Friday, March 31st, 2017 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Sports,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

One of my Final Four souvenirs (also got a hat)

Clark, please

Posted Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Travel,Work at 3:44 PM

He doesn’t know any better…

E-Type at the office

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Design,Work at 1:17 PM

World of Wheels 2017, Minneapolis 

Cisco wallpaper & ringtones

Posted Thursday, March 16th, 2017 05:21 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 5:21 PM

Figured them both out today

Ever? Never ever?

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:28 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Work at 12:28 PM

Nerds crack me up

So. Much. Wire.

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:20 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 8:20 PM

Visited all 46 IDF closets today for inventory and documentation 

I love my office

Posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 11:05 am GMT -5 in Hockey,Work at 11:05 AM

Ready for high school hockey

Saturday night Gophers

Posted Saturday, March 4th, 2017 07:41 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 7:41 PM

We’ve got room for more – come on down

Still seems so weird

Posted Monday, February 27th, 2017 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 3:44 PM

Baseball @ USBS

Only 300 to right

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 4:51 PM

Turned out better than I thought (but still a bit hokey)

Doors open in February 

Posted Saturday, February 18th, 2017 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Weather,Work at 12:48 PM

Never would’ve thought that would happen

Saturday will be fun

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 04:02 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 4:02 PM

First SuperCross in the building 

What I’ll call my next car

Posted Saturday, February 11th, 2017 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Work at 3:47 PM

Monster Jam returns to field

Hanging in the rafters again

Posted Friday, February 10th, 2017 04:36 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 4:36 PM

More dirt events this week

Annual meeting swag

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Business,Fashion,Work at 4:34 PM

Thanks for the hat, downtown council 

Professional courtesy 

Posted Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 03:12 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey,Work at 3:12 PM

The Twin Cities sports IT world rocks – thanks, Josh

Inch by inch

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 2:18 PM

Jeanene and I will totally finish this off

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)

Just in time to check out

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 11:42 PM

So frustrating 

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

Jack the Rabbit 

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2017 05:19 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 5:19 AM

Part I: MSP-DEN on Flight 333

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

First full-floor trade show

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017 09:52 am GMT -5 in Work at 9:52 AM

Looks nice down there – nice job, H/T

This place is sticky

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Weather,Work at 2:40 PM

The snow didn’t stick around for long, though

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

The bane of my existence 

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 06:18 pm GMT -5 in Work at 6:18 PM

The beeping will continue until morale improves

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)

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) 🏈

Important tech goal accomplished 

Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 10:49 pm GMT -5 in Games,Technology,Work at 10:49 PM

Super Mario on the big board

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

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

Posted Sunday, December 11th, 2016 11:38 am GMT -5 in Work at 11:38 AM

Day two is underway

Stronger than the dome

Posted Sunday, December 11th, 2016 11:36 am GMT -5 in Weather,Work at 11:36 AM

…so far, anyway 

SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY 

Posted Saturday, December 10th, 2016 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Work at 4:20 PM

My very first Monster Jam (and the first dirt event at work)

Starting to get dirty

Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Work at 6:25 PM

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!

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 

A break room surprise 

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016 11:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 11:37 PM

Timbits have arrived in the Twin Cities

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

Hello deer

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Work at 8:24 PM

WTF

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…

 

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