Q&A with the Simple Team – Joshua!

You might have met us at Headquarters, skimmed through our Team Pages, or you might already be our amazing and awesome friend, but do you know how we’ll answer these questions? Get to know the Rock Paper Simple Team a little better, and follow our Q&A series!

This time we’ve got answers from Mr. Bossman… El Captain… our Head Honcho, Joshua!

Joshua AdamsWhat was your dream job growing up? 
I wanted to be a programmer and a business owner… I got to be both! I also wanted to be an architect for a while there and in many ways I feel like I got to be that too. I am very blessed to be able to do the things I have always wanted to do.

How do you overcome (big or small) challenges?
Ever Forward. It’s my philosophy. To always always go forward. I’ve had colossal failures earlier in my career seemingly block my path to success, but I’ve just never stopped going forward. Treating failures or mistakes as road signs pointing to success instead of roadblocks makes all the difference. There are very few challenges that a person can’t overcome if they have the determination to do so.

You drank the kool-aid and now you have a superpower. What is it?
Definitely super-speed! You can get so much done with super speed, haha! On a side note, I always preferred the “super” heroes without super powers like Green Arrow and Batman. Super powers make things too easy! 

Choose between an actual working lightsaber and pokeball with your favorite pokemon inside.
Definitely the lightsaber… all day long! Who doesn’t want a lightsaber?! Oh, and better make it an orange lightsaber.

You have a 2-week, all expenses paid vacation. Where do you go?
A trip around Europe. I’d love to hit as many countries as I can in a couple weeks. Rome has always been at the top of my list. Venice, London, Paris… those are all up there too!

How do you define, or measure, success?
I define success as a balance between financial success, the ability to control and enjoy my time, the relationships I build with friends and family, how much I impact people around me and how I can serve my God. I’m not there yet on all points, but I continue to work hard to create a strong balance of success across all of these areas.

Who will win the battle, Stormtroopers or Red Shirts?
Storm Troopers, because they wouldn’t actually have to shoot the Red Shirts… they would just die some other really bizarre and unfortunate way while all the blaster shots miss.

How do you think The Team would describe you, using one word?
That’s a great one… I would love to know that. I would consider myself a leader, so the word I would choose would be “Inspirational” or “Empowering” as those are key aspects of my leadership style. I would hope those would be words used to describe me.

⤷  Team Says: “Overworked! Kidding aside, we said ambitious, impressive, passionate, and of course awesome!”

Welcome to the team, Joe!

Rock Paper Simple’s team is growing and excited to introduce Joe Smith who joins the team as a project manager! Joe also works within RPS’ branding service and is the account manager of multiple accounts here at the office. He joins the team with management, leadership, and marketing experience.

040417RPS-71Joe calls Melbourne, Florida his hometown, moving to the sunshine state in 2000 and returning to Melbourne at the end of 2015. He attended Melbourne High School and earned his Associate of Arts from Eastern Florida State College. He continued his education at the University of Florida studying business administration and marketing. After UF he went on to study Christian Ministry and worked as a college pastor in Jacksonville, FL.

Joe likes to keep the mood light and enjoys the fun and creative atmosphere of Rock Paper Simple. In his spare time he will likely be found playing ultimate Frisbee and spending time with family and friends.

 

We dug a little deeper to get to know Joe better. Check out how he answered these fun questions!

What was your dream job when you were growing up?
As a kid, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, but that’s just because Animal Planet had all the best shows.

You drank the kool-aid and now you have a superpower. What is it?
Invincibility- come at me bro! Anybody wanna go skydiving?

What is the one thing you can’t possibly live without?
Chocolate. It’s an essential food group!

How do you define, or measure, success?
Success is learning from your experiences, both good and bad, and not giving up until the job is done.

Tell us about something that you are proud of, outside of work.
I really enjoy being involved in my church, First Baptist Church of Melbourne, by doing various types of ministry and service in the community.

 

Q&A with the Simple Team -Isa!

Isa- funYou might have met us at Headquarters, skimmed through our Team Pages, or you might already be our amazing and awesome friend, but do you know how we’ll answer these questions? Get to know the Rock Paper Simple Team a little better, and follow our Q&A series!

This time we’re having a quick chat with Isa.

 

What were some of the impressions you got from walking into RPS for the very first time? 
“Wow!” and “That’s a lot of orange!”

Why were you interested in working for RPS?
It seemed like a fun and creative place to work.

Tell us about something that you are proud of, outside of work.
I’m very proud of my talented friends. I push them to keep moving forward!

If you could master one skill, what would it be?
To have my eyeliner match on both eyelids one day.

If you could be any animal on a carousel, what would you chose to be? 
The elephant.

How do you define, or measure, success? 
Success is a slow process, but eventually through hard work you will get to your dream goals!

Choose between an actual working lightsaber and pokeball with your favorite pokemon inside.

Pokeball, and Mew would be in it.

You have a 2-week, all expenses paid vacation. Where do you go?
Japan!

Who will win the battle, Stormtroopers or Red Shirts? 
Stormtroopers!

 

Isa is one of the newest members of the RPS Team. Check out her bio over here.

Welcome to the Team, Isa and Tom!

Rock Paper Simple has two new additions to the team, helping us kick off the new year the right way- with growth and talent that means even more awesomeness in store for 2017!

Tom is a Brevard native who, after meeting the love of his life during a brief exploration of the cold weather and mountains in Wisconsin, returned to sunny Florida with a wife in 2004. With a broad range of experience from graphic design, IT, web marketing, print, and web development, Tom is a total asset and makes a great addition to the Rock Paper Simple Team!

 

Isa’s love for art always lead her to pick up projects that involved artistic expression, often including charity work and projects for friends. She has a degree in Network Technology, and has worked various jobs since graduating, but everything paled in comparison to her passion for design. She is currently perusing another degree in Graphic Design, and her commitment to community and creativity make her a fantastic addition to the Simple Team!

Q&A with the Simple Team – Colleen!

colleenYou might have met us at Headquarters, skimmed through our Team Pages, or you might already be our amazing and awesome friend, but do you know how we’ll answer these questions? Get to know the Rock Paper Simple Team a little better, and follow our Q&A series!

Colleen Clement has volunteered to go first, and chose to answer the following from our quick questionnaire:

 

What were some impressions you got from walking into RPS for the very first time?
I thought it looked like a fun place, and that made me less nervous to apply/work here.


Why were you interested in working for RPS?
I was enrolling at the Graphics Tech class at EFSC, and I wanted to see what a web design and digital marketing business looked like.


How do you define, or measure, success?
Success is when you meet your personal goals. Everyone is successful at something, and you don’t need recognition to be considered successful.


Tell us about something that you are proud of, outside of work.
I switched to a full American Sign Language congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was a big step for me because it’s a different language. But they needed help, and I have the time to help.


What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
I’d buy a desk for my room, and then go out to dinner somewhere nice.


Who will win the battle, Stormtroopers or Red Shirts?
Stormtroopers. I know it sounds horrible, but Red Shirts are supposed to die!


You drank the kool-aid and now you have a superpower. What is it?
Speed! You can do anything when you’re abnormally fast.


Choose between an actual working lightsaber and pokeball with your favorite pokemon inside.
Pokeball. I’m not talented enough to wield a lightsaber.

 

Read more about Colleen’s other skills and hobbies here!

A Simple Explanation of Why There is So Much Darn Orange in The Office!

If you’ve visited our office, surely you noticed that orange is everywhere. Upon the first meeting or visit to our office, most reactions are along the lines of “Wow! It’s so bright and happy in here!” or “This wall is so cool, I love it!” and even, “You guys really like orange huh?”

Yes, you might say that we’ve gone above and beyond to incorporate Rock Paper Simple brand colors into our environment. But these colors (and most importantly the orange) were chosen because they best represent our brand personality and values. Our vision, mission statements, and values are all part of our brand core – oops, we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Messaging and identity are an important part of Branding, and that is a discussion we’re saving for another time.

So anyway, the explanation as to why there’s so much orange around the office is really simple. It’s an energetic, high energy color and it helps to represent that not only the freshness of our approach, but also highlights one of our six core values, and that’s FUN! That’s right… FUN is one of our values.

Here’s a bit of a mental picture on how we make it fun at the RPS office. The office is home to roughly a thousand stress balls (at least!), which frequently get bounced around or
thrown at other team members. We host hangouts (complete with drinks and snacks) for the team, our clients, friends and colleagues, and we participate regularly in fun community events. A lot of work gets done from the Dev-Room couch, especially when we’re streaming Netflix, and laughter is common in meetings and conversation – although that might be because we’ve had too much coffee…or too little!

A lot of study has gone into the power of a positive and fun workplace environment, and the benefit of going against typical business tradition. What was found was an affirmative correlation between happy offices and growing profits. Fun in the office leads to a more creative approach to problem solving, strengthens coworker relationships, and increases trust and confidence in the employer.

Brand identity aside, Rock Paper Simple adopted the idea of a fun workplace because it’s also just part of who we are individually. We’ve said before; while we take what we do very seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that mentality contributes significantly to the positive solutions that come out of our office.

We truly believe that fun fuels a creative and productive atmosphere… and that just means better results for clients.

So all the orange in the office is a reminder… a reminder of who we are as a brand and as a company. By having a strong brand that is present internally, we are able to cultivate a culture that cares about the company, the team, the clients, the projects… and enjoys the work day. We are reminded by the very environment we have created to enjoy the work we do, because life’s too short not to have fun.

And really, why wouldn’t we want to surround ourselves with such a happy and fun color?

Meet Haley. Newest Member of Team Awesome!

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Haley is the newest addition to Team Awesome. (Yay!) She graduated from U.C.F. with an Interdisciplinary B.A. degree, which she feels accurately reflects her creativity and interest in learning about many different things.

Wait, a degree in what?! Haley… explain what this interdisciplinary thing is!

Haley: “Think Leonardo da Vinci, who beautifully mashed science and art together to create amazing things and solve problems uniquely. He’s basically the father of Interdisciplinary Study. I have a degree in crossing professional knowledge, allowing for more a fluid way of thinking in regard to problem solving.”

Her role here as the Digital Content Coordinator at Rock Paper Simple provides Haley a chance to flex her interdisciplinary muscle. She gets to write content, create and implement social media plans, optimize websites, plan events, analyze SEM data… the list goes on. Her ability to “mash” knowledge to create distinct solutions and create positive results makes her great at what she does… creating and pushing out content for both RPS and our clients.

When not in the office you might find Haley out kayaking, wandering around with friends trying catch Pokemon, or volunteering her time to Ambassador Bullies. If you didn’t find her doing any of those things… then it’s likely she’s at home, covered in flour from rolling croissants (oooh tasty!).

We’re excited to have her creativity and ambition around the office. Welcome to our Team Haley!

Rock Paper Simple Receives Gold and Silver Awards at the 2014 Addy’s!

Last night the Rock Paper Simple team was presented with two Addy awards by the American Advertising Federation Space Coast for two of our website projects. One received a gold award and the other a silver! We are thrilled to have had such fantastic clients to allow us to work on projects like these. Thank you!

We also made the announcement that Rock Paper Simple would be providing an Addy Winners showcase website for all the space coast award winners! The site launches Wednesday at www.addywinners2014.com!

 

Addy Awards

Addy Awards

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The Winning Projects
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Choose Results - Addy Winner 2014!

 

Virtual Fleet Supervisor - Addy Winner 2014!

 

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