Revealing our fun side


So here we are trying to put our best feet forward with this group blog and be serious about the topics on the minds of marketers today. As part of that, we thought we should all have pictures for our profile that are somewhat uniform and vaguely professional. We scheduled with one of our photographers and violá! got new profile pictures for Deb, Justin and myself while we were together at SAS Global Forum in Seattle. Our other contributors already had suitable photos, so the three if us needed to get cracking.

And it’s not clear whether it was the thousands of terrific SAS Users and Executives in one place at one time, the cool Twitter wall, the great coffee, the views of Puget Sound, the lush greenery, or just the general je-ne-sais-coolness of Seattle, or what. But it brought out lots of positive emotions, including our silly side – which were caught in a few candid shots. So we thought we’d share them for your enjoyment.

We got a good chuckle imagining using these as our profile pictures, or occasionally swapping them out. Along the way, we have gotten some feedback that we should not be afraid to show our fun side. So take a look and let us know what you think – should we be all serious all the time or should we mix it up?


About Author

John Balla

Principal Marketing Strategist

Hi, I'm John Balla - a Digital Marketing Principal here at SAS focused on Content Strategy. I co-founded the SAS Customer Intelligence blog and served as Editor for five years. I like to find and share content and experiences that open doors, answer questions and maybe even challenge assumptions so better questions can be asked. Outside of work I stay busy with my wife and I keeping up with my 2 awesome college-age kids, volunteering for the Boy Scouts, keeping my garden green, striving for green living, expressing myself with puns, and making my own café con leche every morning. I’ve lived and worked on 3 contents and can communicate fluently in Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian and passable English. Prior to SAS, my experience in marketing ranges from Fortune 100 companies to co-founding two start ups. I studied economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and got an MBA from Georgetown. Follow me on Twitter. Connect with me on LinkedIn.


  1. Samuel Riley on

    being serious all the time makes a people a little bit bored to be with.. sometimes we need to reveal out other side which is the fun side..

  2. It looks like it was quite the photo shoot. Looks like they would be good for a new badge picture. Looks like you have a close knit team.

  3. Pam Umstead on

    Keep the fun coming. I love all your pictures.
    "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." Mark Twain

  4. nashville guy on

    Perhaps not while making a sales pitch or crunching numbers, but most other times we adults could use more of a silly side. As a fence contractor, I spend a fair amount of time making sales, and people want to be take seriously. But I also find that a lot of customers warm up and trust more when they see the "sales" guy is actually human - a little silly - as well as genuinely interested in what they want from their fence.

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