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SandrA (Bergmeir) Dotson, Global Account Manager

You may have known her as Sandra Bergmeir in the past, but with her recent wedding comes her new last name. Get to know Sandra Dotson, our Global Accounts Manager!

How long have you worked for WorldViz?
It will be 7 years in August

What excites you the most about working for WorldViz?
The constant technology changes keep things interesting. Every project I work on and every customer is different. This keeps my job challenging and interesting - I have to think out of the box and stay on my toes to keep up!

What's your favorite thing about VR?
Its ability to help people.

Do you have any hidden talents, if so what are they? I craft, all sorts of things really. Currently I am making my own jewelry, I switch between that, drawing, crocheting, and various little other things. It’s my creative outlet and I love it!

What's your hometown? I consider my hometown at this point in my life to be Santa Barbara but I was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in various parts of the German south, mostly Munich and Nuremberg. Some wise person once said “Home is where the heart is” - that’s clearly in California now!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Stracciatella - I think that’s an Italian Gelato and not super common in the US. Sorry, European here ;)

What's the last book you read? Brave New World - Aldous Huxley | I’m going through all the sci-fi classics right now :)

Who would play you in the film of your life? Melissa McCarthy

What’s your biggest pet peeve? If people don’t listen and I have to repeat the same information multiple times. Pay attention!

Michael Nicolayeff, Creative Director

How long have you worked for WorldViz? I’ve been here since 2006, right out of college. That puts me here for a little over 13 years.

What excites you the most about working for WorldViz?
WorldViz is the hipster of VR companies. We were doing virtual reality long before the Rift was a twinkle in Palmer Lucky’s eye. Old headsets weren’t nearly as good and used to cost as much as a new car.

What's your favorite thing about VR?
Presence -  the way your mind immediately accepts whatever new reality you’re transported to and completely forgets the layout of the real world.

If you could meet one person in Vizible, dead or alive, who would it be? The Invisible Man. He’d be a sight for sore eyes.

Do you have any hidden talents, if so what are they? Nope, I’m buttered toast. My main talents are the same ones that pay the bills. I do seem to be immune to VR sickness if that counts.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don’t have a single favorite, but I usually go for cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie with gummy bears mixed in. They get hard and chewy when they’re cold, but that’s how I do it.

What's the last book you read? Redwall, by Brian Jacques - a children’s novel that I’d always heard of but never read. I picked it up after playing through Lionel "Seith" Gallat’s Ghost of a Tale - an action stealth game with beautiful art and wonderful world building that left me wanting more. It’s no surprise the guy is a Dreamworks veteran. I’ve been meaning to pick up Moss as well.

Pepsi or Coke? Club soda, unless there’s some rum mixed in. Who’s up for a rum and Pepsi?

Who would play you in the film of your life? Vladimir Lenin. We have almost the same hairline.

What’s your Kryptonite? As if I’d tell you my actual weaknesses, dear boy. Now run along and play your silly games.


Dan Tinkham - Head of Sales, Americas

How long have you worked for for WorldViz?
Four Years

What excites you the most about working for WorldViz?
I love that WorldViz is able to maintain a culture of innovation and continue to push boundaries in VR and that we ourselves have truly embraced VR as an everyday business tool with our ability to meet with people around the world in virtual meetings. It’s also a great pleasure to work with such a tight-knit group of intelligent people everyday.


What's your favorite thing about VR?
It’s ability to fully transport a person to a new environment in such a convincing way that they leave the experience with a real memory of the event. I think the impact this will have on learning, education and communication more broadly is going to be truly transformative for how we experience the world and interact with each other.

If you could meet one person in Vizible, dead or alive, who would it be?
Ben Franklin - my father is an American History teacher and he has convinced me this would be the best choice. Franklin’s wit and wisdom as well as his own fascination with technology would lead to a very interesting meeting. Plus I think he would really get a kick out of it.

Do you have any hidden talents, if so what are they?
I am embarrassingly good at Hacky sack after dedicating nearly every lunch break I had in high school to the sport.

What's your hometown?
San Bruno, CA - I grew up right next to SFO

What's the last book you read?
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Pepsi or Coke?
Coca-Cola Classic

Do pineapples belong on pizza?
Yes, absolutely.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?
I have always felt that the ability to stop time would be the coolest possible super power. Who wouldn’t want all the time in the world to read, learn a new instrument, or finally finish writing



bettina pavone - Marketing Manager

How long have you worked for for WorldViz?
I have worked for WorldViz since April 2018

What excites you the most about working for WorldViz?
It’s exciting working in an industry that is looking towards the future and changing the way people work and conduct research.

What's your favorite thing about VR?
How it can really take you into a whole new perspective. It transforms the way your brain sees and interprets things, and I think that’s really powerful!

If you could meet one person in Vizible, dead or alive, who would it be?
David Bowie or Joey Ramone….I can’t decide between the two!

Do you have any hidden talents, if so what are they?
I wouldn’t say they’re hidden, but I love doing dance inspired by circus arts! You’ll usually find me dancing on a lyra (circular trapeze).

What's your hometown?
San Marcos. A small town in North County San Diego.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with caramel and chocolate.

Do pineapples belong on pizza?
Nope. Although they’re more bearable when the pizza is cold.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Control time so I can add more hours in the day.

What's the last book you read?
Flappers and Philosophers. A collection of short stories from F. Scott Fitzgerald