My Intern Story: Anthony Goodin, Manager of Operations and International Business, former Operations Intern
Q: What brought you to SHEEX?
A: I casually told a former classmate that I was looking for an operations/supply chain internship. He told me about this startup company where he was currently an intern, SHEEX, and it sounded fascinating. Lucky for me, he contacted me three days later asking me to come in for an interview–I was thrilled. After the interview, I was sold on the company. Since then, SHEEX has hired me full time.
Q: What is the day in the life of you?
A: Every day I check on the operations and processes of the company, ensuring that all our orders are processing properly. The rest of my day consists of building our new International strategy, tracking and forecasting sales and researching new technology that will allow our company to operate more efficiently.
Q: What do you like best about working at SHEEX?
A: The amount of responsibility I have and how much the Executive team trusts my judgment. I wouldn’t find this type of operational freedom and responsibility at any large company; I’m learning and gaining experience at such an exciting rate.
Q: What is the most unique aspect of your job?
A: Being in charge of international strategy is the most unique aspect about my job. There’s so much research involved and contacts to make that I’m constantly learning more about how to grow a business. It’s almost if I’m trying to open my own business…
Q: What is your goal at SHEEX? What do you hope to learn?
A: My goal at SHEEX is to gain the experience necessary to one day start my own business. I’m learning both the soft skills of sales and office culture to the hard skills of financial model building and marketing calendars.
Q: If SHEEX were an animal what would it be?
A: Leopard. It’s not the king of the jungle like a lion, but it is the most versatile!
Q: Who would be your dream celebrity endorser of SHEEX… silly or serious?
A: Candace Parker. I want to meet her…
When we created SHEEX, we were inspired by the ridiculously soft feel, breathability, and quick-dry features of the latest performance athletic fabrics. As basketball coaches, we had witnessed first-hand the evolution of these fabrics in athletic wear and knew these new fabrics enhance the performance of athletes. Unlike soak-drenched cotton t-shirts and shorts, performance fabrics breathe better, wick moisture and stretch to move with your body. They keep athletes cool, dry and comfortable. We wondered if this same advanced material could also help produce an optimum sleep experience?
After two years of research and development, we learned the answer: According to testing, the advanced performance fabric we use in SHEEX does help create and maintain optimum conditions for deeper, more comfortable sleep. To understand how, let’s address some basic facts about sleep and human physiology.
When you fall asleep, your body temperature naturally drops, helping you achieve deep sleep and a better night’s rest. This important relationship between temperature and sleep quality also extends to the sleep environment in general. The National Sleep Foundation notes that “temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and below 54 degrees will disrupt sleep.” Further, the University of Maryland Medical Center advises, “a cool (not cold) bedroom is often the most conducive to sleep.”
Timothy Ferris, author of the best-selling book “The 4-Hour Body,” examined the impact of temperature on sleep and concluded that “using a single bedsheet at a room temperature between 67 degrees F and 70 degrees F produced the fastest time to sleep. Warmer temperatures never worked.” According to Tim, controlling for this important variable yielded the most consistent results.
Most people don’t realize that they sleep too hot, and their sleep quality suffers because of it. A bedroom that’s too warm may be part of the issue, but compounding the problem are traditional cotton bed sheets that trap heat, increasing body temperature and disrupting sleep. SHEEX wick away moisture while breathing and releasing excess heat better than cotton, helping regulate your body’s temperature so it can more easily reach and stay in that natural temperature “sweet spot” for deep, restful sleep.