Hey everyone!

My name’s Valerie, but just about everyone calls me Val.  I started working at gap intelligence in September 2012 and I’m super excited to be here!

To my surprise, I’m one of the few gappers that is actually from San Diego.  I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing (GO AZTECS!).  Soon after graduation, I was hired at gap intelligence.  I remember being asked in my interview with Gary and Chris to reveal something interesting about myself to which I replied, “I ride a scooter.”  Gary asked me why I ride one and I mentioned the awesome MPG it gets, its environmental impact, and how it’s definitely one of the best ways to get around San Diego.  Then Chris looked at Gary, who looked back at him.  A wave of panic came over me.  What if riding a scooter somehow didn’t fit in with this company?  I quickly mentioned that I have a car too.  To my relief, Gary smiled, looked back at me and said, “I ride a scooter too.” Whaaaaat?! Another scooter rider?  This is probably why I was hired. #scootlife

One of the best parts about riding a scooter is the awesome parking that I find.  I go to shows and concerts all the time and riding a scooter is the best way to find parking downtown.  I listen to a lot of alternative/punk/pop punk music and the shows are always crazy and fun.  I really enjoy playing the guitar and drums and one of my dreams is to be up on stage alongside an awesome band.

One place I can’t take my scoot is a place I drive up to at least once each month. Disneyland!  I know, I know.  Many of you are thinking “what’s so cool about Disneyland that you’d have to go so often?”  I’ll leave that one to Herbie.  He’ll tell you guys all about it in my next blog.

In the meantime, I’ll continue my journey of learning everything about printers in Brazil and laser supplies in Brazil and Russia!