Last updated on January 23rd, 2019 at 09:34 am
In this month’s #VWSGreenTeam profile, we’re meeting Dennis Shanoff. Dennis is the longest tenured employee at Vermont Woods Studios and has been with the company since it was run out of a spare bedroom in Peggy and Ken’s home.
We all know Dennis as the guy to go to to help get stuff done. Some of his hobbies include regional travel, motorcycling, hiking, camping & woodworking.
Q&A with Dennis Shanoff
When did you start at Vermont Woods Studios & what brought you here?
Way back in 2010 and I was intrigued by the fact that the business model was still being defined. (and out of someone’s house!) That and I have a great appreciation of things made from trees.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
It involves a lot of decision making and trouble-shooting, big picture thinking and there is a fair amount of reporting to analyze. Helping a team member is always an activity I welcome.
What’s your favorite part about working at Vermont Woods Studios?
Our headquarters is beautiful, the team feels like a family and I get to use my diverse experience pretty much every day.
Pizza or Ice Cream?
I could eat the right Pizza every day of the year!
What’s your favorite Vermont brand (other than Vermont Woods Studios)?
Tough question as that stamp typically indicates superior quality, but I am particularly fond of Vermont Flannel.
Describe your typical commute to work.
I have a long commute so there is a stretch of highway I could do without. After that I find myself passing through farmlands and cow pastures. So way better than 7 lanes of major metro traffic!
You’re furnishing your dream house. What’s in it?
Wood, wood and more wood. What wood? Most likely walnut– nature already made it a beautiful color, no staining required!
Pick one bed to sleep on for the rest of your life.
My practical answer is any one of our storage beds. A lot of square feet of bedroom is wasted under a regular bed. Let’s go with the Copeland Berkeley Storage Bed.
What else should we know about you?
Since I started counting I have tried over 1200 different micro-brews.
What are you jamming out to?
Queens of the Stone Age.
What’s one book you’d recommend everyone should read?
I don’t think I ever read a single work of fiction in my life so outside of the DIY genre you will find me reading true life adventures like sailing or mountain climbing. So I would say “Dove” by Robin Lee Graham if you are looking for inspiration to chase a big and crazy dream.
What are you watching on Netflix?
TV is not my thing but I would look for a true life adventure documentary flick.
What’s your all-time favorite quote to live by?
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it (Henry David Thoreau).
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
Eastern White Pine
What’s your spirit animal?
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
I am fine with a P&J sandwich on a mountain summit with a good friend.
It’s a hot summer Saturday in Vermont. Where are you, and what are you doing?
Riding my motorcycle on one of Vermont’s scenic roads, visiting a microbrewery or two and looking for a “farm to table” restaurant for lunch.
What’s your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s?
New York Super Fudge Chunk
- Dennis’ wife Sue makes the best cookies!
- He’s a big fan of Polywood outdoor furniture 🙂
- Dennis built bird houses out of lumber sawn on the property at Stonehurst and placed them around the property. If you take a walk around the Stonehurst property, keep an eye out for chirping birds in the House Dennis Built.
Other questions for Dennis? Ask us on Twitter.
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