Ever wonder how Tegu Blocks end up in your neighborhood toy store or get delivered to your doorstep? It all comes down to our incredible team that allows us to create, sell, and distribute Tegu Blocks to places all over the world (we are now sold in all continents! except Antarctica… that one is tricky). We would love for you to get to know some of these fantastic people – you may have even talked to some of them yourself, and it’s always nice to put a face to name.
Each week we will highlight a Tegu Team member, so you can get to know them a bit better. We certainly think they are fantastic people, and we hope you do, too!
Full name: Stephen James Cryan
Location: Oxford, UK
University and major/focus: Undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Plan 1 program, major was entitled ‘Creating Imaginary Worlds in Fiction’; MBA in International Business from SDA Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Job at Tegu: International Business Development
Job before Tegu: International Business Development for GONZO K.K. an anime producer, manga publisher, and MMORPG provider based in Tokyo, Japan
Date Started at Tegu: July 1st, 2014
Favorite Tegu toy and why: The pocket Pouch Prism in Blues – love the design of the prism and the colours go well with the walls in our sitting room!
Tegu fun fact or short story non-Tegu employees would not know, either about your or about something at Tegu you were involved in: Discovering, at the tender age of 40, that I was one of the older employees at Tegu and, during an off-site in Pico Bonito, Honduras, being referred to by more juvenile (J) colleagues as ‘Abuelo’ <grandfather> or ‘Abuelito’ <little grandfather>!
What two words would other people at Tegu use to describe you: Tall and grandfatherly
Biggest surprise working at Tegu: How nice people in the toy industry are!
Best part about working at Tegu: Getting to work with great partners around the world who care about bringing quality toys to children in places as diverse as Germany, Japan, France, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Thailand, Iceland, Spain, Morocco, and Uruguay (all places – among many more – where Tegu is now available)!
Honduras fun fact that the world wouldn’t know about Honduras: Honduras literally means ‘the depths’ or ‘deep water’ in Spanish and some attribute the naming of Honduras to that old rascal Christopher Columbus.
Who and where are the 2-3 people you work with most at Tegu? Brandon in Darien, CT, USA, Suzanne in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cristian, Vivian, and Aldo in Tegucigalpa, Hal in London, and our distribution partners and customers around the world.
When not working, we can find you….Trying to coach youth football, writing and drawing stories, attempting DIY to the amusement of my wife, and playing with my son (8), daughter (5), and crazy dog Suki (6, but still thinks she is a puppy)!
Favorite food and drink? Sushi and beer (together or separately, but preferably not mixed in a blender…)
What’s your vision or hope for Tegu? That we continue to bring exceptional toys to children around the world and do something awesome in the fantastic country of Honduras in the process!
The Tegu Team