At Tervis, We’re Proud to Speak Geek

July 13 is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Merriam-Webster defines “geek” as follows:

geek noun \ˈgēk\

  • a person who is socially awkward and unpopular
  • a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people
  • a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity

Those definitions are pretty reasonable. But as a geek, I’d like to add that geeks are loyal, a lot a fun and proud of what makes us … well, geeks. But unpopular? Hardly. Geeks have never been more popular. Just check out TV. And movies. Heck, check your pocket. You have a smartphone, don’t you? Thank a geek.

There are quite a few geeks within the walls of Tervis — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. With our fingers on the pulse of pop culture, science, math and virtually any interest, geeks help ensure everything from our drinkware designs to our customer service remains smart, timely and spot on.

(We even have a few geek-specific designs, not to mention hundreds of licensed designs that appeal to geeks.)

Here’s how some Tervis team members embrace their geekness:

There’s more than meets the eye to Jessica, a Customer Services Rep. She is a big Transformers fan. Want proof? She sports an Autobots logo tattoo, and all of her vehicles are named after “Transformers.” Her car is “Blackout,” her motorcycle is “Starscream” and the family truck is “Ironhide.”

A Star Wars fan who wishes to remain anonymous waves his hand in front of automatic doors to “open” them with the Force. It works every time.

A certain blogger loves Marvel and has more than 30 superhero shirts featuring Spider-Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Captain America, Punisher, Iron Man, Iron Fist, the Silver Surfer and Electro. Much to his chagrin, he can’t find a decent Dr. Strange shirt.

Anita, in Accounts, carries a Dr. Who Time Lord figure in her purse and has a Tardis on her desk. The Time Lord is placed next to the Tardis daily. She also likes American sci-fi, citing many series including all the Star Treks and campy cult-favorite Lost in Space.

Artist extraordinaire Tyler introduced his son to Spider-Man. His son, developing his own geekness, prefers The Avengers, especially Iron Man.

Kim in P.R. binge watches Firefly and has its theme as her ringtone. She also follows Nathan Fillion, Firefly’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds, on Twitter.

Social media guru Al proudly displays a Millennium Falcon Cockpit windshield sun shade.

After a busy week of licensing projects, Jaysen like to binge watch cartoon series. He recently completed Young Justice Seasons 1 & 2, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avatar: The Last Airbender. His favorite of all time, with more than 400 episodes, is Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.

HR’s Heather is a Harry Potter geek. How much so? In college, she and her roommates had wands, would go to stores for the midnight DVD release parties and were among the first 200 people admitted to Universal Studios’ Hogwarts area. They arrived at 3 a.m. the night before opening day to wait. It was worth it. How many other people can say they rode a ride with Tom Felton, who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the series?

Store manager Tracy is crazy for Hello Kitty! She has a craft room dedicated to (and decorated with) Hello Kitty. There’s even a pink Christmas tree that’s filled with Hello Kitty and cupcake ornaments … and it stays up year-round. She has Hello Kitty t-shirts, skateboard shoes and a car decked out with all kinds of Hello Kitty accessories.

Tony schedules Back to the Future marathons more than a few times a year. Great Scott!

In customer service, Kerly is all about FC Barcelona — from jerseys, scarves, game balls, a phone case and video games to watching every game she can.

Last but not least is David, who geeks out for the First Avenger, Captain America. This Tech Support Analyst wears a Captain America shirt every day. His work cube is home to Cap action figures, a Cap shield Frisbee, red-white-and-blue Rubik’s Cubes and key chains, a Beanie Baby holding a mini Cap shield, and much more. Some of his co-workers and friends even call him Captain America.

That’s how we speak geek. How do you embrace your geekness?

— P.J. Butland