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Welcome to The Vital Life, where we spotlight Vital Proteins employees. This week, our awesome Event Operations Coordinator Eric Rice, gives us a look inside his day.

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L: Thanks for sharing your day with us! To kick things off, can you tell us about what you do at Vital Proteins and what you enjoy about your role?

ER: I am the Event Operations Coordinator at Vital Proteins. As a member of the Strategic Events Team, I help bring our brand activations to life across the United States and beyond. I enjoy being able to work with most departments at the company in some capacity, but what I like the most is being able to travel and visit places I wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise.

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L: Walk us through your morning routine – what does it typically look like for you?

ER: This may be a stretch on the concept of “morning routine” but typically every morning my alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m. To “engage my mind” I scroll through the New York Times webpage on my phone, opening interesting articles into new tabs to read throughout the day (most of which go unread). Sometimes I get a ride to work, otherwise I take the bus. Once I get in the office, I wash my hands, then pour myself a cup of Vital Roasters Coffee with a glass of water on the side and get to work.  

L: You made it to the office! Where do you get inspiration for projects or tasks you might be working on throughout the day?

ER: My journey to becoming a morning person is still very much in progress, so my inspiration typically comes in the form of caffeine. Combine that with a couple of deadlines and I can really get in the zone. To keep the flow going I’ll put on some chill lyric-less music like Tycho, Edamame, or Emancipator.  

L: Lunchtime! What’s your plan?

ER: I infrequently bring my lunch, which I am not incredibly proud of, but it is nice to venture outside the office each day for some fresh Chicago air. If you're looking for a recommendation on where to get a chicken sandwich, pizza, tacos or ramen around Fulton Market, I’m your guy.

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L: You’re hitting a mid-afternoon slump. What do you do to get through and re-energize your afternoon?

ER: I switch over to tasteful metal to juice up the afternoon. My favorite bands for combating the slump are Russian Circles (Chicago based!), Mastodon, Grotto, and If these Trees Could Talk. 

L: Day's over! What’s next on your agenda/how do you unwind after a long day? 

ER: Sometimes I go to the gym after work. I like to mess around with music production and DJ software in my spare time. Right now, I am trying to get better at using Resolume, a program for projection mapping and mixing video content. To unwind, I like reading before going to sleep (big fan of science fiction).    

Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite Podcast? I don’t really listen to podcasts, but my uncle has (Josh Dean) put out one called ‘The Clearing’ - check it out. 

Favorite Vacation Spot? Hampton, VA for Bassnectar’s annual celebration or Bozemn, MT to catch some fresh powder.

Favorite Workout? Snowboarding or Disc Golf (if that counts).

Favorite Vital Proteins product? Vital Roasters Coffee and I stay trendy by adding some oat milk.

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