Chocomize would like to welcome the newest summer intern to the hardest-working team in customizable candy websites. I’m a senior at Pace University majoring in Finance, and a veteran chocolate-eater. In my free time, I like playing sports outside, traveling, and eating. On my first day I already tried the milk, dark, and white chocolate bars, but can’t wait to taste all of the 300 million combinations. I’m excited for a great summer with Chocomize and look forward to contributing to Chocomize’s growing success.
As the summer draws to an end and the kiddies all go back to school Chocomize would like to welcome the newest addition to the hardest-working team in customizable candy websites. Dave Mulhern is an alumnus of the Columbia University Lightweight Crew Team, and an experienced chocolate-eater. While here at Chocomize, Dave will be inheriting “The View From Candyland” and other writing responsibilities from known plagiarist Jim Brown, who clearly stole that blog’s title from the name of Dave’s sports blog “The View From Broad Street.” In his free time, Dave likes to obsess over the successes and failures of Philadelphia sports teams. Especially the Phillies—who just moved into first place in the division, thank you very much.
As you know from our recent blog post about rowing superstar and Chocomize founder Nick LaCava, Chocomize is chocked full of athletes. This means that Chocomize employees thrive on a competitive environment. The sense of competition is great as it is a driving factor towards maintaining our preeminence as one of the most innovative, fun and exciting mass customization companies out today. The competition however is not just limited to making sure Chocomize is the coolest chocolate company out there, sometimes the competition is within the office. Those of you who filled out our recent survey saw hints of this when you were asked to tell us who was the most handsome Chocomizer… which coincidentally ended up being this particular blogger. For the next few weeks the competition heats up in a head to head showdown between summer associate Jim Brown and myself, Chocomize founder Eric Heinbockel.
Over the next few weeks you will be the judge in a competition governed by genetics, testosterone and most importantly will power. As mentioned earlier this is a head to head match up between Jim 'baby face' Brown and Eric “sweet cheeks” Heinbockel. The contestants shaved their beards last night in order to get a clean and even start. Each Tuesday the two contestants will check in with Chocomize Blog readers to update them on their beard growing capabilities via a collage of beard photographs. Each week readers will get the chance to vote on the best beard progress. At the end of the competition… when Jim cries uncle we will tally the votes and those who voted on the winning side will receive a discount code for their next Chocomize custom chocolate bar order.
So in a race matched in excitement and speed only by the growing grass I say let the beards begin!
Jim and Eric square off smiling for the last time as the cut throat battle begins.
While we don’t plan on marketing Chocomize as the next big sports food, custom chocolate certainly seems to be fueling Chocomize founding partner Nick’s rowing career. Next week Nick heads off to Switzerland for the final leg of the Rowing World Cup series in Lucerne. Nick originally picked up rowing on the Saugatuck River in his hometown of Weston, Ct while still in middle school. He continued to develop his talent at Phillips Exeter Academy and then Columbia University where he was the team captain his senior year. Nick’s impressive career continues as he races in his second year of international competition. As you may recall Nick represented the United States last year at the Rowing World Championships in Poznan Poland.
Nick has been working hard, balancing his training and his role as partner at Chocomize. Nick hopes to return to the Rowing World Championships this fall in New Zealand with his eye fixed firmly on the 2012 Olympics in London. Between partners, interns and chocolate makers the Chocomize team is host to 8 rowers including Olympians Sam Stitt and Beijing Bronze Medal winner Steve Copolla… perhaps we should put together our own team? We wish Chocomizers Nick, Jimmy, Anthony, Sam and Steve the best of luck in Lucerne… perhaps they will even convert some Swiss chocolatiers into Chocomize fans!
What’s hotter than summer 2010? Jim Brown. Whats hotter than Jim Brown? Chocomize would like to introduce summer intern Ryan Sudeck. Ryan is breaking the trend here in the office, as he is currently a student at Stanford University. While not enjoying the California sunshine, he enjoys rowing for Stanford’s Heavyweight team, playing golf and eating. Today is actually Ryan’s birthday and he is looking forward to lighting the candle atop his Happy Birthday Bar to a perfectly in-tune rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the rest of the guys here at Chocomize. Ryan is excited to be a part of Chocomize and looks forward to learning from everyone else here while contributing to Chocomize’s growing success.
Eric Heinbockel is one of the founders of Chocomize. Eric is a native of New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and most recently New Jersey. Eric graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. Eric's studies were focused on International Relations with special interest in the foreign and domestic politics of China and the Post Soviet States. In addition to his Political Science coursework Eric also has a background in Accounting and Economics. During his time at Columbia Eric was a member of the Varsity Lightweight Rowing Team. Eric's work experience prior to starting Chocomize has mostly focused on sales, with internships at a software company and structured finance firm. Eric enjoys Opera, Rainbow Six Las Vegas for xBox and most of all Chocomize Chocolate! If you have ordered from Chocomize you more than likely received a loving, hand written note from Eric! If you have any questions or comments about Chocomize you can reach Eric via email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the founders- Many of you have gotten a chance in these last few weeks to know and love Chocomize.com. This week our blog will focus on telling you a little bit about each of our founders so you can learn to know and love them as well! These blogs will let you see the people behind the scenes. The guys who not only came up with this great concept but also work hard to make your delicious chocolate!
A belated congratulations to Nick LaCava and the US Rowing Lightweight National Team on their stellar performance at the annual Head of the Charles Rowing Regatta in Boston Massachusetts. As many of you know Nick LaCava is one of the founding members of the Chocomize team. In addition to his job as a dedicated chocolatier Nick is a member of the United States National Rowing Team. Earlier this year Nick participated in the World Rowing Championships in Poland. Nick and the Lightweight Mens National team earned a well deserved victory in the Lightweight Eights category at the famed regatta. Each year thousands of rowers and party goers line the shores of the Charles river which divides Cambridge from Boston. Never one to miss an opportunity to expound upon the virtues of Chocomize chocolate Nick spent his free hours handing out Chocomize sample bars to regatta contestants and spectators alike. Nick says the chocolate was a huge success and word spread quickly at the regatta that there was delicious chocolate to be had! Congratulations again to Nick and the US Rowing National team from Chocomize staff and fans.
Check out the winning boat below: