Today, we’d like to introduce you to another member of our staff. Nick has been with us since February 2018 and has helped PYRAMID make great strides in communicating our values and offerings to our community, as well as improving the nuances of our business.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a 22-year old Product Designer, Developer, and Human Factors consultant, currently studying Neuroscience and Psychology at Lafayette College. For as long as I can remember, I’ve valued how people interact with experiences that make their jaws drop with excitement. Companies like Apple and Disney have a way of making me feel like I’m a child on Christmas Eve, and it’s become my professional interest to synthesize that wow-factor and translate it into engaging products.
When I’m not in class or creating for PYRAMID, I’m usually training for hypertrophy, playing with my dog, or obsessing over carb-counts.
How did you get involved with PYRAMID?
My professional trajectory is a bit different than that of my stereotype:
I took a gap year after my sophomore year at Villanova, after no longer feeling rewarded by my plan to become a Silicon Valley lawyer. I had been building iOS apps since I was 14, and I found myself clamoring for the creative-yet-technical joy that designing those apps brought me for so many years. In my time away from academia, I contracted with startups and health-based companies to design and build consumer-facing experiences. (Now, I function as both a consultant and a student, in hopes of expanding my breadth of knowledge in a discipline of Psychology known as Human Factors.)
During this period, I started personal training with Thommie [PYRAMID’s Director of Operations], and we bonded over our juxtaposition of interests — his being the factors that foster retention in gym members, and mine being the factors that make people excited about otherwise-elastic products.
Our shared ideas over pull-ups (that were grueling to my formerly out-of-shape runner's body) became longer and more detailed. Soon enough, it made sense for me to assume a role within the company, where I could analyze questions of how PYRAMID positions itself as an experience and as a brand.
The rest is history.
What exactly do you do here, anyway?
I wish there was a concise answer to this question.
For the sake of leaving on time today, I’ll leave it to this: If something has a PYRAMID logo on it post-2017, it’s probably made its way through my desk.
I try to spend 40% of my time researching how people interface with PYRAMID — both in-person and online — to find points where there’s room for optimization and added happiness.
From there, I spend about 40% of my time leveraging such information to add value to our members through projects of varying sizes (from completely rebuilding pyramidsportsperformance.com to advocating for complimentary body wash dispensers in our showers).
The final 20% of my time is spent promoting and creating content for PYRAMID, launching campaigns like our Fitness for Everyone Event and plenty of programs that you’ll get to see in the coming months.
What do you like most about your job?
PYRAMID is a Mecca for self-starters. From my first days in the office, I have only been met with resources and encouragement for projects that I’ve wanted to accomplish. My work is proudly integrated throughout PYRAMID, and I’m surrounded by people who genuinely root for my success, and vice-versa.
I’ve finally discovered a piece of that professional reward that I was seeking out in 2016, and I wake up every morning with a drive to take PYRAMID to the moon.
Anything else you'd like us to know?
Of all the companies of which I’ve been a part, there’s something about PYRAMID that creates that wow-factor for me as an employee and as a member. I’ve trained in an extensive variety of fitness contexts, but the community that I’ve discovered here is genuinely unmatched. We’ve created an inclusive environment where anyone can get their best workout in — with or without headphones — and still leave every day having made a new friend.
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t see the enormous potential that PYRAMID has to scale into a necessity for everyone within a 45-mile radius. PYRAMID is going to win, and I spend every day centered around the goal of making that happen.
Finally, I have an open-door policy for requests at PYRAMID. I’m usually in our office, and you can always reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there’s anything that would make your PYRAMID experience more valuable (I know. I want a pool and an infrared sauna too. Baby steps.), I’m here to listen and to vouch for you. Promise.