As you know, a good crew can mean the difference between a great day and a long night. Meet Andrew, one of our crew. Have some questions? Andrew can help. Want to shoot the shit? Andrew is your man. Many of you probably know Andrew or have spoken to him on the phone (whether you knew it or not). But if you haven’t met him, sit down, have a hypothetical beer with him, and get to know him. We asked him some questions, so no need for hypothetical small talk, taken care of.
- Q: How did you get involved with Rope and Rescue?
- A: I got involved with Rope And Rescue through my friend Robert Gowder who is a sales rep at PMI. He put in the good word for me and for some reason they trusted him! Robert is a great guy and he has been in this industry for a long time. Being friends with him has been exceptionally valuable for me both in “learning the ropes” and meeting so many people in the rope access world.
- Q: You worked at Cell Tower Turf-Vending before Rope and Rescue, how long did you work for them?
- A: I worked in the cell tower turf-vending world for about 3 &1/2 years before coming to Rope And Rescue. My last job there was as a field coordinator. I managed crews who mostly serviced alarms on cell towers. These crews were referred to as “tiger teams” – when there was a problem, we had to pounce on it. Working with crews in the field was a great experience for me, I made a lot of friends in that world who I now help by supplying gear.
- Q: You used to work in Hollywood, what is one of your best stories from it?
- A: Hollywood was a lot of fun, too many stories to tell for one blog post. Here’s one: I used to go to this run-down little theater in LA that screened old movies that you can’t find anywhere else. it was five bucks for a double feature and they didn’t care if you brought your own food or beer in with you. On this one particular evening, it was Kung-Fu night, and they were showing these two really cheesy old Kung-Fu movies. As I’m sitting there in the dark laughing out loud at the action on the screen (hilarious sound effects – bad English dubbing) the guy sitting a few seats over from me was cracking up as well. We started making jokes about the movie together and this guy was really funny. It wasn’t until I was about half way through the first movie that I realized it was Quenton Tarantino. He had a pizza delivered to the theater and he offered to share it with me. Really nice guy. Talk about a kick-ass Kung-Fu night!
- Q: What is your favorite type of beer?
- A: I love the selection of local beers and breweries in Colorado. The atmosphere and conversations that emerge in a local brewery is like nothing else. However, if I had to pick just one favorite beer, it’s actually imported. Samuel Smith Organic Lager has been around for more than 250 years and they figured out how to do it just right in my opinion.
- Q: What is your favorite piece of gear?
- A: My favorite piece of gear without a doubt is the Rope And Rescue Cortes 4:1 Haul Kit With Jag Pulley And Aztec Pulley. I love it because of how simple it is to use, how many different applications it has and how compact and lightweight it is when it’s being stored or carried. There are many cool haul kits on the market but I truly believe this is the best one (and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased!). When you compare this haul kit side by side with other, similar haul kits, this one outperforms both in ease of use and functionality. But don’t take my word for it, buy one for yourself and you’ll see the difference! One last selling point, this haul kit is available at a discount as part of our many Tower Rescue Kits – that makes for a screaming deal!
OK – sales pitch over.
- Q: Do you have any great R+R call stories?
- A: We have so many awesome customers. Some of my favorite calls recently have come in from NASA and Space-EX. Those guys need rope too (lots of rope!). When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. And even though I was told I’m too tall for the space program (plus there’s that whole being really good at math and science thing – which I wasn’t!) I do love that even in a teeny-tiny, indirect kind of way, we are involved in helping the space programs – kinda. Call me a dork, but I think that’s cool.
Meanwhile, back here on earth, I really enjoy working with the local tower crews and the rope access community who come to Rope And Rescue for their gear. Having lived in Colorado for eight years, and being involved in the at-height work community for more than half that time, it’s great to have a job where I actually get to see and talk to my friends on a daily basis. Making friends with people in the industry all over the country and other parts of the world is awesome too. As massive and spread out as this industry is, you really get a sense that you’re part of a community that’s actually quite small.
- Q: If you could pick one famous person to grab a beer with, who would it be?
- A: One famous person to have a beer with – just one? That’s a tough one! Living or dead? I’m going to cheat and pick a few from multiple categories. From the dead entertainment world, I’d pick Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, and Vincent Price. They all seem like they be really nice and I bet they have some weird stories to tell. From the dead political world I’d have to go with Abraham Lincoln, JFK and Dr. Martin Luther King. Why? To warn them! From the dead music world I’d pick John Lennon, David Bowie and Mozart. They definitely know how to party. And from the land of the living, I’d like to meet John Cleese, Tina Fey and Velma from Scooby-Doo.