At Prank-O we are dedicated to bringing a little deception and a lot of laughs to the gift-giving experience. After all, there is no greater gift than laughter… except for one of those remote control quadcopter things.
Our CEO, Ryan Walther, began his career with The Onion. He helped grow the brand in its early years, more or less teaching America how to laugh.
One day at adult swim class, Ryan met Arik Nordby, a humble box salesman with a dream of injecting laughter into the solemn ritual of gift-giving. Together, they have gone on to disrupt the entire gift box industry like a couple of Silicon Valley assholes or something.
NICKNAME: Wally, Walther, or Mitten.
FAVORITE WORDS: Kaizen and grit. *He loves them so much that we all chipped in to have a tattoo artist make a surprise visit to the office so that these words can be permanently displayed on his person.
LEAST FAVORITE ANIMAL: Horses, you don’t want to know…
FAVORITE DESSERT: Beer. It finishes off any meal on the right note.
HOBBIES: Frankensteining items from Ax-Man Surplus Store together to create never before seen contraptions. Also fencing, shot put, and Nordic scrapbooking.
FAVORITE FRUIT: Bourbon.
WEIRDEST THING IN MY CAR RIGHT NOW: An adult raccoon.
MOST KNOWN FOR: Crafting classy drinks that pack a powerful punch. *Our office gatherings have significantly improved since Julie started.
WEIRDEST THING IN MY CAR RIGHT NOW: Chaka Khan CD. It’s been my go-to for traveling between each of the 6 states that I’ve lived in.
CAN BE FOUND: Creating tasty snacks and delivering them on my scooter.
NICKNAME: Morteez or in formal terms Moritz.
BEST KNOWN FOR: Talking the loudest, walking the fastest, and up-selling Milwaukee.
FAVORITE MOVIE QUOTE: “I’ll be taking these huggies and whatever cash you got” – H.I. from Raising Arizona.
UNOFFICIAL TITLE: CBO (Chief Beer Officer). Duties include picking up kegs for the office kegerator.
NICKNAME: Phonetic Phil.
FAVORITE QUOTE TO ADD IN CASUAL CONVO: “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” Monty Python and the Holy Grail. *But really it’s “yeah, yeah, yeah”. He says this all the time.
FUN FACTOID: I was a professional soccer referee until I was fired for tending to my African violets and not the game. Just kidding, I stopped when I met my wife Alexis.
UNOFFICIAL TITLE: Plant Doctor.
NICKNAME: Majhor or Major Tom- your pick.
WHEN I’M NOT CRUNCHING NUMBERS: You can find me getting pretty high. We’re talking 7,500 feet in the air. I’ve had my pilot’s license for 11 years now.
FAVORITE SNACKS: Definitely not airplane peanuts. I would prefer a handful of raw almonds, please and thank you.
COMEDIC HERO: Jerry Seinfeld.
NICKNAME: Mac (without a k) or Kenz.
GO TO ACCESSORY: My fake gold pimp chain that has a large dollar sign and rhinestone embellishments. I love it so much that I keep it in my car at all times.
GUILTY OF: Attending 65 concerts in total and adding country music to the office Spotify playlist.
UNOFFICIAL TITLE: 30 Watt President of Parties. Duties include but are not limited to: sporadically bringing in delightful baked goods and making sure everyone has a secret Santa.
NICKNAME: The Wack Ack.
MOST REGRETTABLE MOMENT: Traded my motorcycle for money to ride all the Bird scooters MPLS has to offer.
FAVORITE PAST TIME: Researching Jeff Bezos’ next move.
INTERESTING FACT: The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins is often mistaken for me.
NICKNAME: Danger Dave.
INTERESTING FACT: The world’s biggest tire producer is LEGO.
OOTD: On most days I can be found with a good craft beer in hand and a hat on my head.
THE BEST QUOTE OF ALL TIME IS: “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” – Clark Griswold.
THING I’M MOST PROUD OF BUT ALSO MOST REGRET: Running two marathons in under half a year, and that avocado I ate yesterday.
LANGUAGES: English with expertise in small town Wisconsin-ite. I’m also a certified dog whisperer. *Just ask any of the dogs she’s fostered and they will tell you.
FAVORITE DESSERT: Tiramisu. *This was the hardest question we asked her. She loves them all.
NICKNAME: Special K.
IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS ME BRING ME: Lemon Bars, a nice Bourbon, and Orville Willis “Will” Forte IV.
INTERESTING FACT: This spot intentionally left blank.
WEIRDEST THING IN MY CAR RIGHT NOW: 1” tall rubber ducky and a fishing magnet named Randy.
Nickname: Anything but A-aron *We’ve tested this and found that he responds equally to Jeffery and Ace.
Favorite Snack: Chicken Wings
Interesting Fact: I fell off of a three story building with no injuries twice on the same day.
My Comedic Hero Is: Dave Chapelle