Teddy Sykes – 40 under 40 2021

Name: Teddy Sykes

Age: 33

Occupation: Programmer/Analyst

Name of business/workplace: Signature Brands

Grand goal: I don’t have a grand goal. I just want to enjoy my time, do good things and leave the world a better place than how I found it.

When not working, I … I am usually painting or working on some sort of art project

What I like most about Ocala: Definitely the people and the downtown community. 

Pet peeve: Being interrupted while working.

Philosophy in a word: One word, that’s tough, but I’ll go with “Laugh.” I try not to take anything too seriously. Keep it simple, enjoy the little moments and laugh at everything.

My personal superpower: For better or worse, I am very good at hijacking conversations and steering the topic in any direction

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be … to be able to pause time. I could then catch up on errands, hobbies, slee, and just about everything else without it cutting into my day.

Community cause: Supporting the local art and music scene.

Guilty pleasure: Eating gas station food

Historical dinner date: Sir Christopher Lee. My favorite actor, the inspiration for James Bond, and truly the most interesting man in the world.

People who know me say I am … chaotic and unapologetic.

Biggest professional achievement: Working for the same company for 12-plus years.

Favorite part of my profession: I love being able to work remotely. Working in IT, I can do my job from just about anywhere as long as I have a phone signal and internet connection.

I indulge too much in . . . hours and hours of how-to videos on YouTube.

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