One Of Us: Brad Nowak, Project Manager

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Name: Brad Nowak

Job Title: Project Manager

What do you tell people you do?
I manage scope, schedule and budget on web, application print and other design projects. But more that that I’m responsible for making sure that our team is empowered to do great work, which includes ensuring that we have open lines of communication and a good working relationship with our clients. I also manage to interject myself into the project in other ways in areas like strategy, user experience and others, where I feel I can make a positive impact given my background and experience.

How long have you been with ODC?
A little over a year

What do you bring to ODC beyond your sweet skills?
A love of family, a sense of humor, a taste for good beer, and a lifelong love of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!

Favorite ODC moment so far?
ODC’s participation in the annual Cross-Park Challenge where we went head-to-head against other design firms in feats of athletic - and not so athletic - competition. I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of cool projects for interesting clients in my first year at ODC, but spending the day having fun with everyone at the company outside in the sun, being active, and indulging my competitive streak is definitely a highlight.

LET'S TALK IMPORTANT STUFF:

First CD/Album you ever purchased?
The first album I ever bought on my own with my own money was By All Means necessary by Boogie Down Productions (on cassette).

Would you rather be able to teleport or travel through time?
That’s tough, but I’ll say teleport. Loving to travel, traveling for work, living in the city, and generally being impatient, I’ll opt to reduce my time spent in transit. You can enjoy the journey, but if I could trade in my time spent in packed rush hour commutes on the CTA and security lines at the airport...

Favorite Chicago neighborhood?
Despite the gravity that Wrigley Field has, I’m going to say my neighborhood, Logan Square. I lived there for a few years almost fifteen years ago, and returned in 2009. It’s been home ever since. I love the diversity of the people who live there, the ever-expanding options for dinner and drinks and just the overall feel of the neighborhood. It’s a great place to live - and visit.

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