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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..

Jeffrey Whitelaw, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, January 2020

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  1. Who inspires you?

My father inspires me.  He remains active in the lives of his children and grandchildren and is a very youthful 80 years old.  

 

  1. What was the best concert you ever went to?
The best concert I have ever attended was a Police/Elvis Costello double bill.  I still love the music from my high school days!

 

 

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

My favorite place of the world is Edinburgh, Scotland. I love the history and people there.  It’s truly a wonderful place, and the whisky ain’t bad, either!

 

 

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

Right now, it seems the three-toed sloth appears to have it made.  Just hangs around in trees and relaxes all day.  

 

 

  1. What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read is the Devil in the White City about a serial killer during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. 

 

  1. What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family.  I have a beautiful wife and two sons, ages 16 and 20, and I love to spend my time with them.  

 

 

  1. What’s your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Princess Bride.  It s a perfect movie, and I will not accept any other opinions.

 

 

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

I went skydiving when I was law school… never again. 

 

 

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

My wife and I just finished up The Crown and Peaky Blinders on Netflix.  We are now searching for another binge-worthy show.

 

 

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

I would think the ability to fly would be the best.  Getting from one place to another without having to drive or walk would be great.

 

 

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

Rory McIlroy… play golf all around the world with all that talent.  Just give me a taste of that for one day.  

 

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

The best meal I have ever had was at Melville Castle outside of Edinburgh, Scotland right after renewing my vows with my wife, Tamara.

 

 

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

My wife and I want to take a river cruise down the Danube River through Germany.  That just seems like a ton of fun. 

 

 

  1. What are some of your pet peeves?

Unexcused tardiness.  Hate it.  Drives me crazy.  Also, yellow mustard put on a sandwich without asking.  It’s the worst condiment.  

 

 

  1. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I am pretty good at trivia.  I am part of a trivia team on Tuesday nights and we usually win.  

 

 

  1. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
I would like to have dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Jesse Owens,  Thomas Jefferson, and Robin Willams to keep things a little light. 

 

 

  1. What is the best gift you ever received?

There have been lots of great ones, but I just got a meat thermometer that allows you to check the temperature of your grilled meat through an app on your phone.  I am pretty psyched to try it out.  

 

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list?

I would like to go zip-lining in Hawaii.  That seems really cool.

 

 

  1. What is your favorite family tradition?
We get together on Sunday nights for dinner from time to time.  Lots of happy memories…. 

 

 

  1. What is your least favorite dessert?

Pumpkin pie is vastly overrated.  There are just so many better pies out there.  

Angelica Palomares, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, December 2019

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  1. Who inspires you?

My Mom. She moved to this country without knowing the language, without family, and was always there for my sister and I every step of the way. 

 

 

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

I enjoy music festivals. My favorite would have to be Outsidelands in San Francisco, where I got to see Kygo, Aurora, Dean Lewis, SYML, and Twenty One Pilots perform. 

 

 

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

Cute coffee shops!

 

 

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

A merlin falcon. It’s cute and I would love to be able to fly

 

 

  1. What’s the last book you read?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 

  1. What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about learning, whether it is through reading, studying foreign languages, or even life experiences. 

 

 

  1. What’s your favorite movie?

The Lord of The Rings.

 

 

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

Craziest thing…probably commuting for five hours each day when I was in college.

 

 

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

I don’t have Netflix, but I enjoy watching Downton Abbey

 

 

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

Psychokinesis and flying would be cool.

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

Amal Clooney

 

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

I love food too much so it’s difficult to just pick one. However, my favorite restaurant is The Whitehouse in Laguna Beach 🙂

 

 

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

Kyoto, Japan

 

 

  1. What are some of your pet peeves?

Unnecessary acronyms.

 

 

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

Perhaps not a talent, but I draw pretty well. 

 

 

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

Both my grandparents, Jane Austen, and Clarence Darrow.

 

 

  1. What is the best gift you ever received?

 A bracelet from my grandmother that I received years ago. 

 

 

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list?

I would love to climb the Swiss Alps one day 

 

 

  1. What is your favorite family tradition?

Spending Christmas Eve with my family. 

 

 

  1. What is your least favorite dessert?

Tiramisu

Michael Favale, Gilson Daub Featured Employee, November 2019

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  1. Who inspires you?

I’m a fan of military history and there are countless instances of individuals doing exceptional things under the most challenging of circumstances.  If you’ve never heard of USMC Corporal Tony Stein, Samuel Whittemore or Audie Murphy, they’re worth taking the time to get acquainted.  

 

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

 

 I saw Metallica twice within one week.  Either of those shows.

 

 

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

 

My grandfather’s dinner table in Brooklyn.  Tough to beat dinner with family.

 

 

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

 

Peregrine Falcon.  Being able to fly at 240 mph would be a lot of fun.

 

 

  1. What’s the last book you read?

 

To Ride, Shoot Straight & Speak the Truth by Jeff Cooper

 

 

  1. What are you passionate about?

 

Good manners and good friends.

 

 

  1. What’s your favorite movie?

 

A Bronx Tale

 

 

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

 

I had my skydiving license for a while and logged a few dozen jumps.  

 

 

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

 

Nothing at the moment, but the first season of The Punisher was worth the watch.

 

 

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

 

 

Teleportation.  Would make getting around Southern California a lot easier.

 

 

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

 

The Dalai Lama

 

 

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

 

Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru.

 

 

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

 

Glacier National Park is high on my list.

 

 

  1. What are some of your pet peeves?

 

 

Bad Drivers.  People incapable of talking about anything beyond themselves.

 

 

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

 

My recall for history, pop culture and random trivia is pretty good.

 

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

 

Teddy Roosevelt, Sandra Day O’Connor, Albert Einstein and Keanu Reeves.

 

 

  1. What is the best gift you ever received?

 

A good watch from my aunts and uncles for my 30th birthday.

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list?

 

Golf the Old Course at St. Andrews Links.

 

 

 

  1. What is your favorite family tradition?

 

Christmas Eve with mom’s side of the family in Queens and Christmas Day with dad’s side of the family in Brooklyn.

 

  1. What is your least favorite dessert?

 

Carrot Cake