Everyone knows that the Sales team is a serious team of professionals who work well with one another, strive to break sales records, continue to help SoftLayer grow, and stand out in the industry among competition for a consistent job well done. But what lies beneath these driven individuals? There is definitely a great deal of personality and depth to our characters. There are many ways to find out about my peers (as if I didn't know each and every one of them pretty well already). But I thought a good way for you guys to get to know us, would be to find out what websites we frequent outside of work - that can say a LOT! Therefore, I have collected from each member of the sales team, their top 3 favorite websites. I think one or two of the websites each person submitted really does open a window into their personality.
Steven Canale (VP Sales): http://www.cnbc.com/, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ and http://www.webhostingtalk.com/ - Steven is always well informed and up to date with the hosting industry, as well as the outside world and latest news. This gives you an idea of Steven's serious demeanor. Someone has to be serious, with all of the shenannigans (ahem, Douglas...) that go on around here.
Michael Miller: http://online.wsj.com/public/us and http://espn.go.com/ - These were a bit surprising, even though I know that he is obsessed with sports and money. Michael, Wall Street Journal, really? Impressive, but I cannot believe you did not include something that has to do with testosterone-fueled fighting, such as http://www.ufc.com/. Which leads me to Daniel...
Daniel Kracht: http://sherdog.com/ - Daniel loves Mixed Martial Arts, and there is never a Pay Per View fight that this guy does not order. If there is a good fight on, Party at Danny's!
Miz Mary Hall: http://www.somethingawful.com, http://icanhascheezburger.com, and http://geekologie.com – I had to include all three of Mary's because they really do say a lot about her. (Site #1) She LOVES the Fashion SWAT, and I agree you can get stuck on it for HOURS. (Site #2) Not much to say here, hilarious LOLcats all the way through. (Site #3) Geekologie used to be hedonistica.com. It’s a rolling blog of awesome toys, robots, and other techie stuff. The writers for Geekologie and The Superficial are absolutely hilarious. That brings me to mine...
Amanda Jordan: http://www.thesuperficial.com/ - I am addicted to celebrity gossip, and this is the ultimate place to go for just that, and it doesn't hurt that it is extremely funny and entertaining.
Laura Gardner: http://youtube.com/ - Also highly entertaining, you can get stuck on this site forever!
Arielle Eaton: http://www.drudgereport.com/ - A world of information at your fingertips.
Michael Laude: http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - Our "Laude" is always looking for ways to expand his mind. And where else can you find out if you will die if you consume polar bear liver?
Patrick McElmurray, Chris McCallan, Doug Jackson: http://www.softlayer.com/ - I am going to end with the most spirited three on the team. They have chosen the one and only SoftLayer website. A few reasons behind this choice include "This is my whole world," "Contains all of the information I need to provide an effective service to our clients," and "Because it makes me money."