MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

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Susan Thomas

President & CEO

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What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
When I speak in front of hundreds of people or on video.  Although I do this a few times a year, it scares me every time!

What is your longest lasting marketing campaign?
My campaign to subtly promote my family’s Texas roots – I named my four children after cities in Texas:  Austin (although I spell it with an “e”), Tyler, Katy and Addison.

What is your proudest moment?
Every time I get a letter or call from someone that worked for 10Fold saying that their experience changed their life and set them on their career path.  This has happened several times and it always makes my month!

What is your hidden talent?
I can saber a champagne bottle – which is an awesome party trick.

Have you ever had a cool moment with a celebrity?
I met Billie Jean King, who I idolized as a young child and aspiring tennis player.  I also sat next to Julia Child during a small dinner party in Santa Barbara – she was AMAZING!

What is your favorite book?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.


Ross Perich

Vice President of Client Operations

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What musical tastes do you have that people might not expect?
“Empire State of Mind” is one of my all-time favorite songs.

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?  
A bobsled ride in Innsbruck, Austria – home of the 1976 Winter Olympics (but I did it during the summer in a bobsled on rollers – not that crazy but still super fast!).

Do you have a favorite hobby?
Endurance cycling with Team in Training to find a cure for blood cancers.

What is your proudest moment?
Watching my kids grow into outstanding members of society.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I had “surfer” hair in high school and college and didn’t own a brush for 6 years.

What is your life’s slogan?
Get Busy Living!

Do you have a most prized possession?
I am not into gadgets or personal things; my most treasured possessions are old t-shirts and gym shorts.

What is your hidden talent?
I used to drive my mom crazy as a kid making all kinds of obscure noises.

Have you ever had a cool moment with a celebrity?
I interviewed Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda on live TV and served him a plate of linguini while on the air (and yes, Tommy talked with his mouth full – like any good Italian does, me included!).

What is your favorite book, and why? 
“Drive” by Daniel Pink, who argues that people are motivated by intrinsic reward as much as by external motives, like financial success – a fascinating read and great advice for building winning teams.

What was the best advice you have ever received, and from whom?
To “get busy living” every day as we are not promised tomorrow – delivered by my friend Tom who lost a courageous battle with leukemia – leaving behind a beautiful wife and four young children.

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
The problem was I didn’t cut my hair nearly enough during college and my natural afro would get rather out of control at times!


Angela Griffo

Vice President

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What musical tastes do you have that people might not expect?
My ring tone is Eminem’s ‘Last Chance’.

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
Bungee jumped in New Zealand over a bridge hanging from my feet.

What is your proudest moment?
The birth of my three kids.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas.

What was the best advice you have ever received, and from whom?
My stepdad who raised me since age 9; his career advice was knowing what you don’t want to do is as important as knowing what you want to do.

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
When I was 5 year’s old I had a short pixie cut with bangs that looked terrible. I cried and remember telling my parents I looked like a boy!  From that day forward I always had long hair until recently.  I was haunted for life!


Gary Good

Chief Media Strategist & Lead Writer

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What musical tastes do you have that people might not expect?
I love Brazilian music, whether Samba, Bossa Nova, or Brazilian jazz.

Do you have a favorite hobby?
Running, and my favorite race is the 10K.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I’m ambidextrous, but not in the conventional way.  For nearly all sports, I’m left-handed.  For most other things, I’m right-handed.

What is your life’s slogan?
Learn from others:  both what to do and what not to do.

Do you have a most prized possession?
My house.

Have you ever had a cool moment with a celebrity?
When I was editor of my high school newspaper, I joined selected piers from around the nation at a luncheon with a panel of sports figures, including my all-time hero, Mickey Mantle.

What is your favorite book, and why?
Centennial, by James Michener. It’s the most wonderful saga of life on earth.

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
A haircut I gave myself when I had no time to visit the barber.


Fran Lowe

Vice President

What musical tastes do you have that people might not expect?
French Accordion music and the Scottish bagpipes.

Do you have a favorite hobby?
Furniture making, landscape design, and remodeling.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
Once upon a time champion water skier.

What is your life’s slogan?
Love and compassion.

Do you have a most prized possession?
A toss-up between my great grandmother’s porcelain teacups and two Maori carvings my mother commissioned for me.

What was the best advice you have ever received, and from whom?
Don’t worry about what you can’t change, and if you can change it, then do it – my father.

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
Involved my mother and a bowl – well it looked like it anyway! To which she would say the only difference between a good haircut and a bad one was two weeks!


Cathy Denham

Controller

What musical tastes do you have that people might not expect?
My “go to” music is Adult alternative but   my love for Hymns with a classical touch probably one wouldn’t expect. I found them soulful and touching.

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?   
I bought a Wine Store with my family.   Many times I wanted to run back to a 9-5 job. It was scary but no regrets.

What is your proudest moment?    
Completing my masters and passing the CPA exam all in one sitting.   I never excelled in High School  but see my best advice,  I realized I was getting in my own way of success.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?   
When I was younger, I couldn’t say my “r”s.   I think that has contributed to my shyness.

What is your life’s slogan?  
Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

Do you have a most prized possession? 
I cannot think of one really prized possession. In life, I value the love of my daughters and family most.

What is your hidden talent?
I can cook.  My family and friends do not know this. It is not something I do often or even like but I am rather good at it.

Have you ever had a cool moment with a celebrity?    
When the Star Trek was filming at the Lawrence Livermore Lab, they stayed at the Rose Hotel in Pleasanton.    The came into the Wine Steward to on a stroll downtown.   Zachary Quinto said he will be back to buy some wine.    The staff called a bunch of us so we could come down and see him.   We were discreet about it but exciting to see him.

What is your favorite book, and why?  
Pride and Prejudice,  Jane Austen. The issues in the book still stand true for women everywhere.

What was the best advice you have ever received, and from whom?  
Don’t get in your own way! From a Teacher in High School.

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?   
One that I choose to forget and there is no longer any evidence of it!