Meet Cindy!

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We’re thankful that so many customers use commonsku as the platform to power their business and many of you have asked about our team so, we thought we would share more about the people behind the platform!

Meet Cindy Locke!

Mistaken for Molly Ringwald in 1990, Cindy spins The Cure’s Disintegration and follows the exploits of Ray Donovan religiously. A busy mom pursuing her MBA, this Bostonian has a wicked-fast wit and is one of the funniest (and best) people “EVA!”

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

Born in Providence, RI but I grew up in a small town called North Attleboro. Went to college at FSU (Framingham State University) and just 18 months ago decided to go back for my masters, I’m in UMass Boston’s MBA program and love it!

How did your childhood home or town shape your worldview?

North Attleboro is a small town; everyone knows everyone. My worldview was small (coming out of High School), but that small town feeling stayed with me even when I lived in major cities, and it’s with me when I travel the country.

What do you mean by “small town feel?”

I walked to school, sold girl scout cookies door-to-door, rode my bike from sunup to sundown, and came in when the street lights turned on. This made me an extremely independent kid, someone who loves just to do and be. The youngest of 3, I had the most freedom as a child; all that terror that comes with being first-time parents was bestowed on my sister and brother; by the time I arrived, they were pros. It made me a strong, independent person. I am the explorer of the family that loves to get away … but always comes back. (So much so that when I became a mom, my husband and I moved our family back to the town I grew up in, I wanted my kids to have the same experience).

Where was the most exciting place you have lived?

Beacon Hill, Boston. Old brownstones. Cobblestone streets. Close to everything. BEST APARTMENT, EVA! The red line ran right underneath, loud as anything, but what I wouldn’t give to spend another weekend there!

What album would you listen to over and over?

Disintegration, The Cure. I like music that transports me to another time. “Plainsong” is my go-to. As a kid, growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, Robert Smith captured my teenage angst with his poetic lyrics and haunting voice.

Favorite novel?

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins, it’s a novel that makes you think, “What if?”… and it’s exceptionally written. I’ve read it at so many stages in my life; I always carry away something new from it.

What’s your latest binge TV series?

Oh, Ray Donovan. I mean, come on!? A former boxer from Beantown who is a fixer in CA? Love the bad accents, too. I started watching, thinking I would hate it, but it’s got everything.

Any other favorites?

Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Wentworth. I am not a lover of frilly-sweet TV.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My kids, they are the one thing that I can say I did right. Second to that: juggling a full-time career, two kids, a husband, and countless activities while getting my MBA.

What has been one of the most significant moments in your life?

The day my mother had her stroke. I refer to life now as “before the stroke/after the stroke.” I changed that day; I went from being daughter to being caregiver.

If this afternoon, you suddenly found yourself without anything to do and you decided to go hang out somewhere outside (with no agenda, no appointments, no obligations), where would you go?

The beach -hands down- with an iced coffee, Vogue, People, Cosmo, and music.

What odd skill do you have that hardly anyone knows about?

I am Queen of Useless Knowledge (Samantha Kates can vouch for me). Ask me anything from pop culture in the 80’s or 90’s, I’m sure I know the answer.

What is your role at commonsku?

My role at commonsku is Business Development Manager. I like knowing that we make customers’ lives easier – it’s a great feeling!

If this afternoon, you had to choose between making things or just hanging out with friends, which would you choose?

Friends, hands down. I am not a project girl. I am the only non-crafty/handy person in my family. I would rather sit in my living room with great friends, a cold beer, and just catch up.

Best cup of coffee nearest you?

Medium iced caramel swirl from Dunkies. Doesn’t matter if it’s 90º or 2º, iced coffee 365 days-a-year.

[Editor’s note: “Dunkies” is Dunkin’ Donuts].

Have you ever been confused for a celebrity?

Molly Ringwald, 1990. I mean, this person wouldn’t let it go! Asked for my autograph and everything. Somewhere out there is a 50-year-old woman who thinks she has Molly’s autograph. Sorry, Lady!

Also published on Medium.