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Jesse Martin, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, November 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

John Maxwell, he was my pastor at Skyline Church in San Diego, and we all knew what an incredible leader he was at that time, but has just continued to be so impactful on such a positive level day in and day out. The ability to make people laugh and smile while delivering difficult messages is a gift.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

I have been to an insane amount of concerts and would be extremely difficult to limit this to one. Therefore, I’ll list some of my favorite live shows:

Nirvana (so glad I went that night)

U2

Metallica

Korn

Shinedown

Justin Timberlake (seriously impressive live)

Otherwise

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

San Clemente and not sucking up to the boss here lol. Growing up in San Diego, I would always stop in San Clemente on my way to OC or LA and stop at the pier and sit up on that cliff just enjoying the beauty of the ocean & reset a bit. San Clemente will always be a special place to me.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

My English bulldog Phoebe aka Pheebs cause she is living the dream.

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

 Leader Shift by John Maxwell

 

6. What are you passionate about?

My passion is helping and impacting others in positive ways as much as possible.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Just like with concerts, there are so many favorite movies so I’ll list some of my favorites:

Gladiator

American Sniper

Mystic River

Wedding Crashers

The Hangover

Four Christmases

The Adjustment Bureau

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I was a season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres in 1998 and my friend and I were approached to do an on field pregame contest. We stood on opposite foul lines and had to race to centerfield, put on everything that was in a trunk and race back to the foul line. So in front of 50,000 people on a Saturday night, I put on a gigantic nerf cowboy hat, coconut bra and a grass skirt and raced back to the foul line victorious. In doing so, I won a trip to Hawaii so it was worth it. Lol.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Football!

Recently completed Cobra Kai on Netflix and that was fun. The right amount of cheesy. Patiently awaiting 4th season of Ozark!

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

Flying. The ability to soar and go anywhere at any time would be amazing (without traffic too!).

 

 

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Fernando Tatis, Jr. , shortstop for the San Diego Padres – I would love to be 21 years-old again with that kind of talent. I would imagine every day is pretty great for him right now.

 

 12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

The first time I had a filet at Ruth Chris Steakhouse cooked 1800 degrees in butter and served on a 500 degree plate I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Bora Bora. I need that in my life one day. Although I hear amazing things about the Dominican Republic too.

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

Thank you e-mails and people that hit reply all when it is completely unnecessary. Traffic, I just don’t have time or patience for that. I literally feel like Michael Douglas in the movie Falling Down and just want to put my car in park and start walking. Lol.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I’m a decent bowler. I bowled right handed until about a year and a half ago (shattered my right elbow) and my high game right handed is 299 (3 times…ugh) and my high game left handed is 277. Perhaps one day, I will get my perfect game of 300.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

My grandmother, who was a mother to me and I lost 4 years ago.

My best friend, Aaron, who I lost to cancer when we were both 24 years-old.

My great grandfather who I never had a chance to meet, but according to my grandmother, I reminded her a lot of him. Plus he was a chemist that created the formulas for Seagram’s in the 1950’s.

Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn, would love to talk to him as a young musician with money and addiction to pioneering a band that has been together for over 25 years now while having children, finding sobriety and spirituality.

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

Sense of humor! The ability to laugh or make people laugh helps under so many different circumstances. This includes laughing at myself! One more thing I got from my grandmother!

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Going to Bora Bora and staying in one of those huts over the water…one day!

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Christmas. My grandmother always made Christmas a very special time and instilled that in me from when I was little (not that I was ever little lol). She definitely taught the value of giving and the rewards of helping others.

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

Flan, sorry, but yuck!

Edward Tsui, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, October 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

My parents are an inspiration to me. Their work ethic, their toughness, and their love inspires me to be the best I can.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Radiohead, at my college’s outdoor stadium, after their In Rainbows album, in the pouring rain. Unforgettable.

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

I’ve lived in many places and many countries, but my favorite place to live is Southern California. Other than that, I love the beaches of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

 A giraffe, it’s an interesting animal and it can see very far lol.

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

The book I’m currently reading is Nixonland by Rick Perlstein.

 

6. What are you passionate about?

Aside from my career, I am passionate about motorsports and cars.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

It is so hard to pick a single favorite, but one of my favorites is In the Mood for Love. It’s a film directed by Wong Kar Wai with cinematography by Christopher Doyle.

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I travel to Lincoln, Nebraska every year to compete with 1,200+ other amateur race car drivers at the SCCA Solo Nationals, the largest amateur motorsports event in the world.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

The last show I binged was the The Last Dance, a documentary on Michael Jordan and the 97-98 Chicago Bulls.

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

It’d definitely be the ability to control time.

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

I’d like to swap places with Lewis Hamilton and experience a day as a Formula 1 driver.

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Aside from mom’s home cooking, it would be the kaiseki tasting at N/Naka near Santa Monica.

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

I’d like to do a road-trip through Northern Italy in a rented sports car.

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

My biggest pet peeve is a lack of attention to detail and carelessness in a person’s work.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I was a professional musician before I was a lawyer.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

All four of my grandparents. I’d like to see them again.

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

The leather briefcase my wife got me when I graduated law school. I still use it to this day and it has patinaed very well.

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Compete as an amateur racing driver at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Big family dinners during the holidays where family from far away are gathered together for a delicious meal.

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

Least favorite? Anything that contains black licorice.

Derek Turbin, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, September 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

My parents:  Attorneys and activists, Rai Saint Chu and Rich Turbin.

 

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Taylor Swift at Staples Center, and Weezer at Coachella

 

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Kahala in Honolulu, Hawaii

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Alligator

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

Souvenir

 

6. What are you passionate about?

Politics, and sports

 

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Contact

 

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Ran for political office, and played professional football in Europe.

 

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Dave

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

Reading people’s minds

 

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Lebron James

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Plate lunch in Hawaii

 

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Croatia or Thailand

 

 

14. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant, Beto O’Rourke, and Joe Biden

 

15. What is the best gift you ever received?

Drive and determination

 

16. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Running the Hana Relays

 

17. What is your favorite family tradition?

Passover dinner

 

18. What is your least favorite dessert?

Licorice

Michael Zhu, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, August 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

 

My wonderful and faithful fiancée, who inspires me daily to pursue righteousness. She’s also very pretty!

 

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

 

John Mayer: The Search for Everything Tour in 2017

 

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

 

Joshua Tree National Park

 

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

 

An underwater pineapple-inhabiting sea sponge

 

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

 

“Flour Water Salt Yeast” by Ken Forkish. I wanted to bake sourdough bread but my mom got very territorial over the kitchen so I will have to wait until I move out before I can finally give it a shot

 

 

6. What are you passionate about?

 

Photography, music, and Costco pizza

 

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

 

Shrek the Musical

 

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

 

I once swallowed chewing gum by accident

 

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

 

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

 

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

 

Bending time/space and opening portals to other dimensions. I would gather the Michael Zhus of various parallel universes and host a potluck

 

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

 

Waldo – so I can expose his favorite hiding spots in my upcoming book, “There’s Waldo”

 

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

 

The Double Quarter Pounder at McDonalds

 

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

 

Area 51

 

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

 

Drivers who don’t signal before merging lanes and the mockingbirds by my house that start chirping at bedtime

 

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

 

I can recite the entire English alphabet in under a minute with my eyes closed

 

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

 

Stone Cold Steve Austin, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, and my first friend, Tom from MySpace

 

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

 

When I was in middle school, my mom gifted me a photo album filled with old photos for Christmas. I thought it was the lamest gift but it is now one of my most treasured possessions

 

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

 

Rubbermaid Commercial 10 Qt Brute Heavy-Duty, Corrosive-Resistant, Round Bucket, Red, Model FG296300RED

 

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

 

Christmas! That’s when we like to dress our dogs in little elf and Santa outfits

 

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

 

Pineapple-infested pizza

Travis Bailey, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, July 2020

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What was the best concert you ever went to?

 

 Chris Stapleton – Santa Barbara Bowl

 

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

 

Trinity Mountains

 

What are you passionate about?

 

 Being outdoors, running

 

What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

 

 Wild Kratts (kids favorite)

 

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

 

 Professional golfer or NBA player

 

What’s the best meal you ever had?

 

 Lamb and potatoes in Greece

 

What is your least favorite dessert?

 

Flan

 

Amber Neal, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, June 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

-My parents. They’ve worked so hard to get me where I am today and I’d be lucky to give them half of that effort back.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

-George Strait. I’ve seen him three times now, soon to be four.

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

My nana’s kitchen on Thanksgiving.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

-A dog. I get to sleep wherever and get attention whenever? I’m sold.

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

-“100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know”. I’m not even joking.

 

6. What are you passionate about?

 -Excelling at anything and everything I do, whether that be in my work or in my music.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

-The Devil Wears Prada. I love Meryl Streep!

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

-I managed to get into a truck that had a lift kit on it that made the truck taller than I am. Still have no idea how I did that.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

-I’m re-watching “The Fosters” for the fifth time now.

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

 -The ability to fill things. Think about it: Cup empty? You can just fill it up. Gas tank empty? Fill it!

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

-Probably my dog, I would love to take a day long nap.

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

-This amazing prime rib at a little casino down here called “Ellis Island”. SO good!

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

-Italy! It’s so pretty, I could get lost there and be okay with it. (And I also want to visit Padme’s balcony from Star Wars Episode 2, which just so happens to be in Italy)

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

When people interrupt me

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

Kind of weird, but I can move my pinkie toe around in a circle without moving my other toes. But only on my right foot.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Robin Williams

-Meryl Streep

-Alexander Hamilton

-Seth Rogan

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

-My best friend got me Tech Decks this past year for Christmas. We used to play with them all the time when we were in middle school so it was a nice little nostalgic gift for the both of us.

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

-McKamey Manor! The world’s scariest and longest Haunted House.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

-The party we throw on December 23rd in honor of Christmas, known as “The 23rd”.

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

-Tres Leches. Absolutely no thank you.

Lauren Sahli, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, May 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

I find inspiration in so many different people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my mother. She always has a smile on her face no matter how tired or overworked she is. She will always drop whatever she is doing to help anyone. I always turn to her for her opinions and inspiration.

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Stagecoach. The music and atmosphere are amazing!

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Paris, France!

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

I would be an Eagle. An eagle can soar above the world and they symbolize strength, leadership and patience.

5. What’s the last book you read?

Where the Crawdads Sing. It was so good! I am currently reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

6. What are you passionate about?

I am an animal lover and love supporting dog rescues, especially those who aim to save senior dogs or dogs with medical issues who are overlooked at the shelters.

7. What’s your favorite movie?

The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I am definitely not a big risk taker, but I recently rode down a volcano on a mountain bike and I loved every minute of it!

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Peaky Blinders on Netflix

10. If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

If I could be a superhero, I would want the superpower of teleportation. It would make traveling so much quicker and easier!

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

I would love to swap places with any top professional athlete.

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Nothing beats a perfectly cooked steak from Vaca in Costa Mesa, California paired with their signature Vacatonic!

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Oh man! That is a tough one. I love to travel, but it would either have to be to see the Matterhorn in Switzerland or the tulip fields in Holland.

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

I have too many pet peeves to list! My biggest pet peeves are (1) people who talk on their cell phones at the gym, (2) people who are chronically late, (3) when people walk to slowly or stop suddenly in the middle of the walkway, and (4) reply-alls

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

Hmmm… I think that talent is still a secret to me.

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Well, COVID is currently preventing me from eating with anyone right now, so I currently would like to eat dinner with my parents, my best friend and her brand-new baby boy, Harrison.

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

My engagement ring! I am recently engaged and looking forward to my upcoming wedding.

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To run a marathon

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

I love our Christmas day potluck and games including an old-fashioned egg toss.

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

There is no such thing as a least favorite dessert. I do not discriminate when it comes to anything sweet!

Marisa McBride, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, April 2020

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1. Who inspires you?

My Late Grandfather

 

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Journey and Def Leopard front row in San Diego

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

San Clemente

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Tortoise

 

 

 

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

I have to confess it’s been a while I don’t have much free time to read.

 

 

6. What are you passionate about?

My work, my animals and my family!

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

The fast and the furious

 

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

A 360 in a Dodge Hemi Truck on a 4-lane busy street in broad daylight – lived to tell about it and didn’t hit anyone or anything phew!

 

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

American Idol at the moment I like the beginning season seeing all the people who “think” they can sing.

 

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

To be able to turn into a car like a Transformer

 

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

A Veterinarian

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

The old Coyote Grill – Mexican Food

 

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Puerta Vallarta – Sea Turtle Season, when thousands of sea turtles are hatching

 

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

Loud chewing and people that can’t drive

 

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I can work on cars i.e. change value covers etc 

 

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

My late Grandfather, my grandmother, my niece and nephew.

 

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

Heart shaped cut diamond necklace for my 21st birth

 

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18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Own a mini pot belly pig ☺

 

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Camping in the desert- riding recreational vehicles and cooking Turkey in the ground as a family.

 

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

Not a cookie and cake fan really to be honest

Doug Pettengill, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, March 2020

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  1. Who inspires you?

 My daughter.

   

2.What was the best concert you ever went to?

Eric Church 

 

  1. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Eastern Sierra’s.

 

  1. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Cheetah

 

  1. What’s the last book you read?

My First Summer in the Sierra- John Muir

 

  1. What are you passionate about?

Family and getting outside.

 

  1. What’s your favorite movie?

Frozen because it’s essentially on a continuous loop for my 5 year old.  I’ve definitely seen it more than other movie thanks to her.

 

  1. What is the craziest thing you have done?

Too many to just choose one. Haha.

 

  1. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Documentaries are always good.

 

  1. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

The ability to fly.

 

  1. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

One of those Overlanders who explore and camp in remote areas.

 

  1. What’s the best meal you ever had?

I had a Costco Prime Rib and Christmas that was awesome.

 

  1. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Ireland

 

  1. What are some of your pet peeves?

I don’t like Clutter.

 

  1. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I like to do small wood projects when I have the time.

 

  1. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, John Glenn, Don Henley

 

  1. What is the best gift you ever received?

 My daughter.

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list?

I’d like to drive across the United States and meet different people and see different parts of the country.

 

  1. What is your favorite family tradition?

Getting together on New Years Eve.

 

  1. What is your least favorite dessert?

Cheesecake.

Sydney Miller, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, February 2020

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    1. Who inspires you?

    My mother has always been my inspiration for all things in life. She’s incredibly motivational and supportive of me and my goals.

 

    1. What was the best concert you ever went to?

    A Josh Groban concert.

 

    1. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

    Disneyland 100%! I wish I could live there! 

 

    1. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

    A lion! They’re so powerful and independent!

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    1. What’s the last book you read?

    The last book I read was Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. 

     

    1. What are you passionate about?

    I am passionate about my family, about learning and growing personally and professionally, and being successful at my job!  

    1. What’s your favorite movie?

    How do I pick just one?? I guess my favorite movie would be One Day with Anne Hathaway! Always makes me cry. Or Ratatoullie. That’s a good one. 

     

    1. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

    The craziest thing I’ve ever done is zip-lining on Catalina island! 

     

    1. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

    I’m currently obsessed with the Netflix original The Circle. 

     

    1. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

    I think my super power would be teleportation. 

     

    1. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

    I think it would be an incredible experience to swap places with one of the Justices on the Supreme Court to see what it is like. 

     

    1. What’s the best meal you ever had?

    The best meal I ever had was at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Hell’s Kitchen on the Las Vegas strip. I got to have a Beef Wellington on my 22nd birthday. It was one of the most glorious things I’ve ever had.

     

    1. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

    Greece! I would love to have the chance to explore the greek islands! It looks so beautiful.

     

    1. What are some of your pet peeves?

    Chewing with your mouth open!

     

    1. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

    I can make my whistle sound like a bird chirp? Not sure if that counts as a secret talent?! 

     

    1. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

        George Washington 

        Michael Jackson 

        Gordon Ramsay 

        Amelia Earhart

    1. What is the best gift you ever received?

    The best gift I ever received was my Nikon camera. 

     

    1. Name one thing on your bucket list?

    One thing on my bucket list would be to swim with dolphins! 

     

    1. What is your favorite family tradition?

    One of my favorite family traditions is playing board games with my family on Christmas Eve.

     

    1. What is your least favorite dessert?

    Flan. Not a huge fan..