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Super Awesome Description Winner-November 2011

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

quiksilver,content team, super awesome description winner, zapponians, zappos culture, Zappos Development, zappos familyThe winner for November is Jennie W. Jennie is part of the athletic performance team and her clever description for the Quiksilver Daddy Day Bag was a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations Jennie!

We asked Jennie a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What inspired you when writing this description?

I used my many, many, many experiences trying to pack a bag when leaving the house with my now two-year-old. You really do pack your hopes and dreams into that bag. Along with the butt cream and binky.

What is your favorite Zappos core value?

Deliver WOW through service! Service is a privilege; the world would be a happier place if more people thought that way.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

Most people are usually surprised to find out I married my high school sweetheart. I’m kind of surprised by it myself. Because if you would have told me when I was sixteen that I would marry him one day, I would have told you to lay off the pipe.

Fun facts about Jennie:

My favorite food is pretty much anything I can eat in a bowl with a spoon.

We have a 1:1 DVR-to-person ratio in our house. We take TV that seriously.

Books are my best friends.

I am older than the Internet.

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

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Today was Ugly Holiday Sweater Day here at Zappos HQ. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture could write a novel. Should we submit this to AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com?

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Zappos vs. Amazon: 5th Annual Tech Donut Eating Contest!

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Yesterday, our tech team hosted one of the "sweetest" (sometimes stomach-churning) traditions at Zappos--the Tech Donut Eating Contest. We faced off against Amazon.com in an all-out donut war. Unfortunately, Amazon won. The winner ate a whopping 24 donuts in just 20 minutes!

Fortunately, nobody got sick, although some looked close to it...

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Zapponian Spotlight: Chris N.

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This week’s Zapponian Spotlight is on Chris N. from the Content Team of Zappos Development, Inc. Chris is an Ohio State grad and spends his free time writing (which ,coincidentally, he also does for a living!), watching movies, and looking at funny cat photos on the internet.

We asked him the standard ZS questions, and here are his answers:

Pick 3 words to describe your personal style.

C: Inconsistent, lazy, and steezy

 Who is your favorite musician or band?

C: Hmm hard to choose just one favorite.  Wu-Tang Clan, I guess.

Name 3 things you never leave home without?

C: Phone, wallet, keys.

If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

C: Jean Claude Van Damme.  We’d hunt down a large bison and Jean Claude would roundhouse it onto the grill.

What’s the weirdest thing to ever happen to you?

C: I was attacked unprovoked while walking into a bar!

What’s your favorite part about working at Zappos?

C:  The great people!

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Dodge Test Drive for Charity Event

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Our friends at Dodge were kind enough to visit Zappos HQ on Thursday for a “Test Drive for Charity” event. For every person who test drove a brand new Dodge Citadel, Dodge Journey or Dodge Challenger, they donated $20 to Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. At the end of the event, we had 233 test drivers for a total donation of $4,660!

Dodge even treated us to a BBQ lunch! Thank you so much to to the great folks at Dodge for not only letting us test drive their cool new models, but for donating so generously to one of our favorite charities.

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October HERO Award Winner: Maritza L.

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Here’s what a nominee said about Maritza:

If humble had a name, it would be Maritza. She has been integral to the Zappos culture that we all love so much and she graciously welcomed me as a teammate. You would never know that she is involved with some of the biggest and best culture events here on campus because she gives credit to the team that constantly inspires her. She is so hardwired with Zappos culture, she can take a small idea from a Zapponian and turn it into a successful event! Thank you!

The Zappos Family HERO Award is given to well-deserving nominees monthly to recognize them for all their hard work and overall awesomeness.

The recipient gets a special HERO cape, a HERO pin, a $150 Zappos gift card and the best part of all...a parade thrown just for them!

Congrats Maritza!

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Zapponian Spotlight: Abby N.

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This week’s Zapponian Spotlight is on Abby N. from ZCLT.

Where are you from and what brought you to Vegas?

A: I am originally from Iowa.  I moved here about 7 years ago, about 6 months after my sister moved here.  My plan was to go to school for Film Editing.  I have not yet gone to school but I still intend to learn since I love editing!  I was lucky enough to find Zappos about 2 years after I moved out here and it is an amazing place to work.

What are 3 fun facts about you?
A: I have 2 cats, Norm and Joon.  My favorite condiment is ketchup, and I love Michael McDonald!

You’ve been given access to a time machine.  Where and when would you travel to?

A:  I would travel back to 1969 to go to Woodstock and live through the 1970s!  It was definitely the most amazing time in music (in my opinion).

Name 3 things that you never leave home without and why. 

A: My clothes, my wallet and my sense of humor.  It is important to not take anything too seriously.

What is your favorite thing about working at Zappos?

A: A large majority of my friends work here.  It is pretty awesome considering that I came to Zappos and only knowing one person that worked here.

What is your favorite core value?

A: Pursue Growth and Learning.  This core value always tells me to constantly keep bettering myself and to accept everything in life as it is a giant learning experience.

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Zappos Recycling Day

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Yesterday was quite the exciting day here at Zappos HQ. Aside from a company-wide potluck for Thanksgiving (we’re STILL full from all the food), it was also Zappos Recycling Day!

A group of eco-minded Zapponians known as LEAF (Leading Environmental Awareness for the Future), got together to raise awareness about recycling and other ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint.

There was a can collecting competition, guest speakers, trivia, and a “Transform Your Trash Can into a Recycling Bin” decorating station to get everyone excited about being more eco friendly.

Does your workplace have a recycling program? Share your own recycling initiatives in the comments section below!