Victor, aka Victor Sweet, aka Victor Strong is not only our awesome Production Manager but he’s also one of our most powerful Grovemaders. Victor’s secret for superhuman strength? A steady diet of hip-hop, rap, R&B and heaping scoops of white hot magma. When through with his morning routine of deadlifting small cars and tiny houses, you’ll find him fishing the banks of the Columbia River, where he reels in trolley-sized carps with his steely bare hands and a visage of extreme aplomb. When not performing unmatchable feats of strength, you’ll find this dynamo enjoying the many tasty tidbits found far and wide in our fair city.
Ken started the company with Joe in 2009 under the impression that eventually there’d be free pizza. Ken is a design nerd and furniture designer with a passion for photography and collecting weird things, like fruit stickers. He’s an active field trip enabler and enjoys bribing the team with Trailblazers tickets and empty promises that someday we’ll all get to see his expertly curated apartment. Check out some of his furniture designs here.
Sean is a man-bear hybrid who rules the woodshop with the ultimate weapon: love. His heart is so big he doesn’t have room for any other organs, and he’s got a PhD in Silliness. Alright, he does have a brain, but, it’s part of his heart -- it’s like a heart-brain. His heart-brain is SMART. This guy is a space camp graduate and a product design genius! He’s also got an amazing collection of embarrassing stories to make you cringe with joy.
Dinah is a master builder—she built her first home with her grandpa when she was 18. She loves building so much that she's pursuing a degree in civil engineering. If she's not building something, she's likely with her family, or paddleboarding, or she's with her family while building and also paddleboarding. The trifecta.
Ben is a fellow of numerous talents. Here at Grovemade, he's our manufacturing engineer, meaning he commands our machinery to do as he wills! He also fixes them when they break and puts them on timeout when they disobey the rules. A dedicated father of two radical daughters, Ben also loves taking them to the backcountry for adventurous excursions. When the perfect river or stream is found, they bring in the fish with Ben's handmade rods and flies. In his free time, Ben is also hard at work inventing a robot that will sing his favorite lullabies as he prepares to dive into his daily afternoon nap. And beware of disturbing Ben when he's at rest—his prototype Lullaby Robot X-25 is also outfitted with lasers.
John is the master process-optimizer and efficiency aficionado in our shop, where he gets his hands dirty each day building beautiful products. He is a Portland native, and, so, naturally, he’s also an accomplished rock drummer. He has a rad collection of bikes, which he uses exclusively for cruisin’. He likes the Flaming Lips, and suggests that if you see them live, you should pay attention to the drummer.
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Nozomi is a world-traveling musician and number wizard extraordinaire. She makes sure all of our business details have nice snug little homes where they don’t get lost or swept under the rug. In a past life, she was a scientist, and we all feel much smarter when she’s around. Her ideal Sunday includes Dim Sum - but she wouldn’t tell us about the rest of the day, because she says she really likes to be mysterious, so there you go.
Sara is so good at learning about things, that sometimes you say, “When did she learn to do that?” But before you even finish saying that she’s learned about something else! She’s a chocolate enthusiast with a degree in design. She likes to ponder low-waste living and sustainability while biking to work, which is nicely consistent of her. Unsurprisingly, she excels at many things in the shop, from woodworking to customer service and writing.
Nick is an accomplished toothbrusher. He used to do 20 pushups every night before bed, but he stopped a while ago and hasn’t looked back. Some of his favorite things are coffee, cooking while wearing aprons, throwing anything round, and music. Nick is our resident word-smith and idea generator and customer question answerer. He loves email subject lines and looking at numbers for a long time and then drawing graphs.
Gerardo once ate an oyster with an actual pearl inside. He keeps the pearl—his good luck charm—in a little glass bottle. As far as we're concerned, this is plenty of high quality biographical information, but we'll tell you a little more—Gerardo loves Esports, and once completed a Dot-to-Dot with over 2000 dots. That’s called patience, folks!
Christian is a jack of all trades, but don’t call him “Jack”. Event planning? Check. Building everything? Check. Resident wakeboarder? Check. Producing a vodka brand? Check. He came to us from Lake Tahoe and the University of Oregon Product Design program, where he says he built a particle accelerator that fits in your pocket, but we think he was exaggerating. In his spare time he advises on ideal burger toppings and talks about his Subaru.
Emma is our resident whistler and omnichord enthusiast—a musical predilection that suits our workshop well. (Whistle while you work, am I right?) Moss and lichen are her favorite growy-things, which are quite suited to the Pacific Northwest. Outside of building things at work, you'll likely find Emma doodling. Doodling what? Wouldn’t you like to know?
Kacy has a plan and his plan is to watch basketball later, after work. He likes to build things, at Grovemade and at home, things like custom PCs. On the basketball court, he uses magical mind-power and strong ankles to best his opponent. In the basketball arena, you can find him wielding whatever wild collectable cup they have because he goes “all out.”
Wren has climbed 57 of the 58 14,000-foot-tall mountains in Colorado. The final one is on private property, but perhaps she'll summit that one day, too. She loves knitting and flamin' hot cheetos, but never at the same time. When she's not at work building things in our shop, you’ll find her en route to the desert of Southwestern Utah.
Nick's special talent is packing the car for camping trips. Honing his abilities over years of intense practice, he can now easily pack for a weeklong trip in a 2-door subcompact. He grew up getting his hands dirty on a berry farm in Oregon, and keeps the tradition alive by building things and being outside as much as possible. In his spare time, he loves playing music, chilling with dogs, and skateboarding.
Austin has many nicknames. Salazar, Saladbar, Salamander, Salad, Sal, Sally. He might cycle through them while eating spicy food and listening to music. If he's not camping or hiking, he's likely watching movies—maybe something by David Lynch or Paul Thomas Anderson. Outside of work you can find him carefully cataloging his collection of cassette tapes.
Jim is an efficiency enforcer with a heart of gold, hailing from the ever expanding Chicagoland beast in Illinois. He's passionate about anything embodying variety and balance at the same time—think tightrope walking octopi, or sumo wrestlers practicing yoga. Jim can hold his own on the soccer field, chess board, yoga mat, and conference room. He and his wife Sarah annually host a short film festival and an audio festival through their creative group, Yumi Life.
Kevin, Grovemade industrial designer extraordinaire, is a man at the height of his particular imaginative talents. That is to say that he's in his prime. Known to his friends as Magiva (majēva), he's powered by avocados, senzu beans, and tins of sardines. Kevin's an inquisitive guy who's dedicated to learning and expanding his skillset. With an earthling-first attitude, he's here to design as well as to improve his sleight of hand.
Justin's a laid back guy who enjoys the finer things in life: a Tom Collins, a clean haircut, and the finest of contemporary cinema (Young Guns II; Cool Runnings; The Mighty Ducks). With a voice reminiscent of radio men of yon, Justin's soothing baritone brings an exuberant calm to the woodshop.
Arabella is an artist and a collaborator. She makes things—drawings, ceramics, products—in a dynamic and constructive path toward artistic supernova! Outside of work, she likes to garden, and explore the natural world. Her super power is keeping busy. If you're imagining that that's a potent combination of interests and traits, you're imagining correctly.