A Life of Organized Chaos (and Innovation) could probably be this young man’s memoir title, but while we have him in our clutches, we prefer the title of Social Media Manager to any other. Coming to us last Fall, Robert Sinners has shown a knack for policy and political innovation that helps us build and be on the cutting edge- and grow to tolerate his headphone blasting and the right leg that won’t ever stop bouncing. It’s a decent trade, and it has only given us minimal headache to date. And to add to the package, something really insightful usually develops from his lair.
But besides that, he enjoys the concept of teamwork. Lending a hand is something that’s important to him, with loyalty being a close second- and that’s something thats hard to find. With a smile, he does what he should and doesn’t complain. But, when politics is your love and your job, how can you?
With a Master’s degree and an equally qualified sense of humor, there’s no doubt that an environment as often rambunctious and unpredictable as politics will be well suited for his wares. Will he lead the free world? Or will The Daily Show find a new producer of unabashed candor? Who knows. At least we got to ignore those irrelevant questions and spend some time getting to the cold, hard truth behind what makes this…person…tick. And, we got way more than we asked.
So, Bob, what’s your favorite book?
I read like it’s my job. I love them all…but…It would have to be “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole. Its like Seinfeld, but in a novel. Completely absurd.
What is your life motto?
What is your favorite song?
I dunno. I’ve been in Bruce Springsteen mode recently. I saw him last Sunday in Atlanta. One day, “Secret Garden” will be playing in the background and I will have one of those future wife moments like in Jerry Mcguire. And, I’ve also got jokes to go with my musical know. See? I just pulled your leg.
Who is your favorite politician?
George S. Patton or Albert Einstein. The military and academia are easily the two most politicized bodies out there, and they figured out how to be unique in their environment. My favorite, or my best influence on real “politics”? Barry Goldwater or Pat Buchanan. They understand conservatism means supporting things you’re opposed to for the greater good. They actually look(ed) at policy. We’re missing that these days.
What is your biggest quirk?
Wasn’t a collection of fortune cookie prophecies quirky enough for you?
What do you think is your biggest asset to our work?
I read people. Growing up I used to get into trouble and my mom would always say “you don’t read people” “You never read people”. Well, it was actually that I read people so well that I knew exactly how to get under their skin. I was definitely that pest on the playground in 6th grade. Since I’ve grown up a bit it’s not about how to annoy folks anymore, as much as it’s figuring out what they require to earn their support. That’s politics. So, I think adding that touch of humanity to our work is important.
Biggest Screw Up?
Sometimes i get too creative, so I usually have to screw something up once to get it right the second time. Then it’s right forever. Or at least that’s the ideal. When I first started I went on this twitter tangent with a client’s page because I didn’t know what I was doing. That was bad.
Why do you like being a geek?
Because someday some very smart lady is going to like my quirks and have me whipped like cream. God help that gorgeously misled vixen…
What makes you love politics?
It’s a circus and I’ve always been the ringmaster type. I love the people you meet. Fun, smart, kind, truly crazy- I like everybody. But I’m also a policy guy, so that’s what I truly love.
Describe yourself, as something you can buy at Wal-Mart?
Batman pajamas. I am going to save this world, defeat evil, but I don’t want to take myself too seriously or seem threatening while I’m out doing it.
What would you Occupy?
That little import room at Greenes. And I’d never leave.
What does America smell like?
Master P’s hotel suite the morning after the Source Awards. That’s the smell of victory and abundance if there ever was one.
Well, to each his own. We would have gone with a hotdog roasting over a grill, but we aren’t the type to judge. Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. Sinners, and hopefully one day you will be earning enough to occupy that backroom of Greene’s, or a hotel suite yourself. Until then, go take out the trash…
Until next time…