We had a few minutes to sit down with J.D. Mooney to chat about Hippos, Monkeys, and [Larry] Bird.

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J.D. Mooney
Sales Executive (Czar of Customer Satisfaction)
Zapprovian for 1 1/2 years

Tell us what you love most about Zapproved’s culture.
It’s a proper balance with truly kind staff, and a more intense, “driving each other to be better,” vibe.

What is your favorite local business in Portland?
Frank’s Noodle House & Hippo Hardware — tie for first.

Portland is a pretty unique place, what is your favorite part about living and working in the Portland area?
The combination of deep-green color, tight urban vibe, casual, flannel-shirt-friendly and a be-yourself atmosphere.

If you woke up tomorrow in the body of someone else and you had 24 hours, who would it be and what would you do?
Abraham Lincoln, announcing to his fellow Washington DC & American citizens the Civil War was over, and four years of horror turned to mass celebration.

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Monkey brains, Unknowingly. [uh, what]. I was in Kenya, and a local tribe served us a few specialties…unbeknownst to me, one dish was this, uh, local delicacy.

What’s your go-to activity?
Any big, bold, unapologetic red wine.

If you were a cereal, which one would you be? Why that one?
Grape nuts. Always crunchy, never soggy.

Which celebrity have you been mistaken for or have been told you look like?
Happily, Paul McCartney. Sadly, Larry Bird.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Taking some liberties here, William S Burroughs during 1950’s Paris, and the lost-generation of American writers. Or Shaggy from Scobby Doo.

Out of all the places you have lived, where has been your favorite? How did you end up there?
Paris. Even the poor man eats well.

How did you end up there?
I fell in love with a French woman…no further comment.

What is one big item on your bucket list you hope to check off in the next 3 years?
Teach my very enthused labradors not to steal people food, and perhaps a reach, but acknowledge in their own way that garbage cans are not a buffet.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Play the piano. Or fly!

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