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Pancakes and Coffee with Layne

Alt textWe challenge you to not be friends with Layne Anderson. We’d offer to make it a bet, but it just wouldn’t be right to take your money like that. You see, Layne is friends with everyone.

It’s all thanks to the combination of being really friendly and incredibly genuine. Her smile is contagious and before you know it, she knows your life story because she asked one little question and you could tell she really wanted to know the answer and oops!

It has to be some kind of superpower.

“I was born and raised in Omaha, Neb., where I grew up with an older brother and a younger sister. The best Fridays were when we got picked up from school early and came home to a loaded camper ready to hit the road. We spent weekend after weekend in the muddy waters of Fremont, Neb., camping, boating, fishing and hanging out around the campfire.

“I left for Lincoln, Neb., after my senior year of high school to attend UNL where I got a degree in advertising and public relations with a minor in English. I spent my summers working at a produce stand, driving a truck – Old Roy - that you started with pliers and miraculously made it home at the end of each day. I loved the hard work in the heat, building relationships with customers day in and day out, and coming back to the farm at the end of the evening – that’s a nearly perfect day to me.

“I started at Hudl in July 2013 as a member of the Coach Support team. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better job right out of college. I loved answering phones and talking to coaches about Hudl. About a month ago, I transitioned into our marketing department, as Marketing Assistant. Now, I handle a range of projects to help maintain the Hudl brand and subsequently became the queen of swag.”

What’s one basic to-do you would like to get rid of?
You’d think it would be commuting an hour a day for work, but that’s one of the best parts of my day. My mom used to make chocolate chip waffles or pancakes every day before school. Now, living on my own and making them myself just isn’t the same.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve experienced in 2014?
Growing up – it’s so weird. If you’ve talked to me for more than five minutes, you’d know that I’m not a very decisive or demanding person, so learning to have big girl opinions about things has been weird, but a really good challenge for me.

How does working at Hudl compare to the worst job you’ve ever had?
I cried one time at a part-time job in high school because my boss was not a very kind person. I cry at Hudl on the regular from laughter, so there’s that.

What’s the best tagged photo of you on Facebook?
This feels like a trick.

Do you enjoy days or nights better? Or a time in between?
Definitely daylight. I love waking up, drinking my cup of coffee on the back deck, and reading a little every morning. A new day always excites me.

You’re given $50 and have the opportunity to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One has $500 and one has $5, but you don’t know which is which. Do you swap or keep the $50?
The swap for sure. I didn’t have $5 to start with, so any amount I end up with is a positive gain.

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