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If someone were to ask me to think of one word that completely captures who I am and what I do, the only answer I would need to give is my nickname - Happy.

I am passionate about the arts, and have found ways to feed and nurture the creative beast inside me by developing a variety of artistic talents and compet… Read More
If someone were to ask me to think of one word that completely captures who I am and what I do, the only answer I would need to give is my nickname - Happy.

I am passionate about the arts, and have found ways to feed and nurture the creative beast inside me by developing a variety of artistic talents and competencies. Let’s begin with my profession. I am a team manager and art director at StraightArrow Corporation, one of the most prolific creative offices around and the premier Creative Process Outsourcing provider in the country. It is part of my daily job to handle, manage, develop, and inspire a brilliant team of leaders and creative designers, and for me, this is truly the highlight of my colorful 14-year career in working with the creative side of marketing and advertising. For me, the awards and recognition I’ve been blessed enough to receive (including the Behance Appreciation Award) could not match the joy I feel when I see my team members moving forward and growing in their roles.

Along with my eye for good design, I’d like to believe that I also have an ear for good music. I was fortunate enough to find people who feel the same way and share the same musical preferences; together, we established a band called Goodleaf that has withstood the test of time — we’ve been playing for a decade, and I believe that we’ll be playing for much longer.

I would say I’m cheerful, fun-loving, and not quite like any other colleague you would work with; after all, how many managers do you know who are also tattoo artists in their spare time? I just believe that people put in better work when they’re inspired and driven, which is why my leadership policy has always been to bring out not just the best in people, but also the happiness that they may not even feel exists inside them.

Whether you’re a client, a team member, a bandmate, a fan, or a friend, you can count on me to do my best and go the extra mile to enable you to feel good. For some people, I am playful and full of jokes — to me, it’s the best way to cope with work-related stress and to make the workload feel light, even when the team is under pressure.

As a colleague once put in simple terms: “Happy makes everyone happy.” Read Less
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