Happy Halloween! This week’s Featured Employee joined Cision in June 2014. Ian is a Media Researcher based out of our headquarters in Chicago. He is originally from Springfield, Virginia. Outside of work, Ian loves to be outdoors as much as he can! He enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. He has lived in four states and three time zones since graduating from Principia College in 2008!
Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely?
fruit candy from reception.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I am an actor, so I love working with scripts and other creatives putting together a show or shooting something. A group of friends and I get together regularly(ish) to read scripts and look for something to produce.
Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: I actually had lunch with Robert Duvall once (we have the same Alma Mater), so I’ll pick someone from the outdoor world. Tenzig Norgay was the Sherpa who helped Sir Edmund Hillary climb Everest for the first time. Can I have a translator?
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: The interesting answer is Vietnamese food. My mother is Vietnamese and grew up in Vietnam. My sister & I rate Vietnamese restaurants based on whether we would take our mom there. But the truth is there is no more perfect food than pizza.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Does anyone have just one answer to this question? I love the UK, I want to see the Himalayas and New Zealand. My parents are going to Ecuador for at least a year when they retire so I have to go there. I think I need to see a few more places before I can settle on one as perfect for me.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: She’s not a “possession,” per se, but my dog. We didn’t have a dog growing up, so she is my first and I’ve had her almost 5 years now. She brings me outside of myself and loves the outdoors even more than me.
Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?
A: Something like “divided,” but without the negative connotation. I tend to have a foot on either side of things. I love the country and the backcountry, but I want easy access to the culture, food, and friends that the city provides. The acting thing keeps me tied to the city too, but I also would love to do something that keeps me outdoors more of the time (before moving to Chicago, I lived in a cabin and was Assistant Director at an outdoor center & summer camp). It keeps things interesting, I guess?