Will is a member of Emma's delivery team. Prior to joining us, Will was a web developer, a marketing consultant, a banker, a life insurance agent, an arborist, a golf professional, and you'll never know which of those we made up! Will is an avid urban cyclist (read: no spandex) and a singer-songwriter with a passion for old-school country music (read: no spandex). He once won an Oreo stacking contest, which is evidently a thing you can win. And he hates vegetables, which puts the Oreo thing in perspective. And he makes the most amazing (presumably vegetable-free) chili you've ever had, which is just what you'd expect from a former golfer-developer-banker-consultant-claims-adjuster who may or may not love spandex.
Claire is a member of our Concierge team. She also says, "Indeed!" a lot, in a way that makes you want to also say, "Indeed!" and before you know it, everyone's saying nothing but, "Indeed!" back and forth for an hour. It's no surprise Claire used to be a voiceover artist in addition to a Yellowstone tour guide, background screener, Deschutes River (Oregon) whitewater rafting and kayaking guide, manager of a New York restaurant owned by Stephen and Billy Baldwin (known in celebrity circles as Not Alec), and painter of one of the giant guitar sculptures that adorned many of Nashville's parks and sidewalks for a time (Claire's guitar was even featured on the cover of a book about our lovely, oversized-guitar-infested city). Claire also lists Clapping With One Hand as a talent, which may provide the answer to one of the universe's oldest questions. What is the sound of one hand clapping? Just ask Claire for a demonstration.
Casey Correll, part of our customer support team, is also known as Boy Casey. It's a distinction required to eliminate inter-office confusion between him and fellow Emma staffer — and girl — Casey McCormick. The Casey currently under discussion joined Emma after five years at Aspect Software. Thing is, Girl Casey also worked at Aspect. Boy Casey is a member of his neighborhood wine club, which is all well and good until you learn that Girl Casey is also a member of that neighborhood and that wine club. Lest we all start to wonder which Casey this paragraph really belongs to, it seems like a good time to list an array of Boy-Casey-only facts: he once made a giant cookie cake of Richard Nixon's face, he knows every word to Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and his favorite television show is Little House on the Prairie. Moral of the story? If you're ever confused about which Casey you've got, just criticize Michael Landon and see what happens.
John is a member of our customer support team. He joined Emma after a successful stint at Airbnb, where he worked from home — which begs the question, did he rent himself his desk and work area? Brilliant. John has lived and worked in Memphis, Minnesota, Longmont/Denver and the Nashville area, having attended school at nearby MTSU. He's also a certified mentor for children in grades K-6 through a program called Kids Hope USA and dreams of launching his own nonprofit someday — not out of his dislike of profits, but rather out of his like of kids. He also dreams of creating his own beer someday, and that day is now, and many days prior to now and maybe even last Tuesday, as he already brews his own English-style brown ales. John also joins the flush ranks of The Big Lebowski fans at Emma, who seem to be a couple of hires away from staging their own Lebowskifest in the lounge. Hopefully they'll serve English brown ales.
Sam is a member of our Concierge team, having joined us after stints at Compass Records, a campus radio station (that'd be WMTS 88.3 if you’re in the local listening area), and the fabulous restaurant Flyte, where Sam tended bar. A recording industry major, Sam won a writing award at MTSU — that’s first place, folks — and is a fan of, in no particular order, Zappos.com, Mr. Show, The Onion, Nashville Cream and NPR. Actually, that turned out to be in exactly the right order. Sam Farkas is a talented guitarist, and you can catch Sam all over town, and in other towns, too, as part of the stellar band Space Capone.
Kyle is a senior member of our customer support team. One morning while making coffee for the third floor, he had two coffee filter malfunctions in a row, causing grounds to fall into the thermos. This is not so much a compelling story about Kyle's initiative or persistence or leadership (yes, he has those things) as much as a kind of crummy story that points out how badly we need a new coffee filter dealie soon or people on the third floor are going to start getting ornery. Thanks. Kyle has a wife named Nancy and a beagle named Sir Augustus Liam Floydingshire III, which makes Nancy sound kind of boring, if length-of-name is any indication, which it often is. Kyle talks about Sir AFL3 a lot — how he is awesome and completely untrustworthy and how he understands words like cuddle, hungry and walk and how he knows the way to the local Dunkin' Donuts and sometimes likes to eat paper. What an awesome dog. Also, for the record, Nancy can do all those things and lots more. LOTS more.
You have to like it when a request for quirky tidbits about a person results in a list that begins: 1. She hates cheese! 2. She's a professional organizer. Rarely do those two characteristics sit side by side on a list. Well done, Ms. Kirker. Kelley is an Emma Host, offering a helping hand as well as a warm smile to our new folks. You'll have to trust us on the smile. She is a graduate of Columbia International University in South Carolina and nearly tried out for the TV show The Bachelor, where her hatred of cheese, yogurt, sour cream and closet disarray would, one would think, have played out quite nicely in front of a national television audience. Everyone likes pulling for someone who hates messy dairy, after all. When she isn't working or trying out for shows she totally should have made it onto, Kelley enjoys listening to old-school R&B (think Diana Ross), NPR (think This American Life) and Beyoncé (we miss Diana Ross already). Incidentally, The Bachelor tryouts in Reno were the same day as the Emma interview Kelley chose to attend instead. Guess that's a rose for us, Chris Harrison.
Christopher leads our Concierge team, providing extra strategic and tactical services to Emma's large senders and significant brands. It is impossible not to like Christopher, and we dare anyone to try. Seriously, go ahead and call us when you're ready to throw in the towel. So it's no surprise that he has been known to say that laughter is one of the greatest gifts humans were given. Second-best gift? Individually wrapped cheese, of course. Christopher has a dog who also finds it impossible not to like Christopher, although, to be fair, Christopher is fairly openhanded with the Snausages. He occasionally serves as a judge for color guard competitions and would like to make it clear these are serious pageants for serious competitors and not the stuff of Toddlers & Tiaras, though he would also like to make it clear that show is awesome. Yes, Christopher, it is.
Katie is a member of our customer support team. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in English and an in-depth familiarity with AP Style, which is in no way threatening to the person stuck with writing this blurb about her. Nope, not one bit. Actually, we're told that so long as we stick to referring to 9 a.m. and not -- under any circumstances whatsoever -- 9 PM, we'll be just fine. In both the a.m. and the p.m., Katie enjoys writing, cooking, yoga-ing (sorry, Katie) and reading. And she'll even tell you, once you've shared just a few minor details about yourself, precisely which three books you must read next. Word to the wise here: never trust book recommendations from an English major unless you enjoy a. sobbing; b. exploring the existential dilemmas of the postmodern human condition; or c. fun. You see, Katie, some people are perfectly happy re-reading Who Moved My Cheese? for the eighth time. It's about cheese that gets moved and is a clever parable for how non-cheese items also get moved sometimes. Your company should totally get a copy for you.
After finishing her degree in marketing at the University of Georgia and spending a year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Emma returned to her hometown of Nashville and joined our Concierge Desk, providing consultative help and hands-on services to our customers. And yes, Captain Obvious, Emma's name bears a striking resemblance to the company she works for. And yes, that means she answers the phone "Emma, this is Emma," a greeting that may be creating wormholes in the time-space continuum for all we know. It all gets pretty confusing, so here's a proven way to tell if you're dealing with Emma the person or Emma the company. Feed the Emma in question a turkey sandwich. If she responds, "Hey, I love turkey sandwiches," congratulations: that's Emma Mathews, our dear employee and member of the human race. If, however, a bunch of lights start flashing and your Emma account stops working, it's Emma the company, and you should try to extract as much of the turkey sandwich from the server as possible before calling support.