Name: Shane McGinnis
Hometown: Parkland, Florida
Real Job: Unemployed
Pongr Job: COO of Mountain Dew
Career Dream: Aspires to be a photographer and/or video editor.
Other Favorite Brands to Pongr: Dunkin’ Donuts, PlayStation, Brinks.
Fun Fact: Runs the “Bring Back Mountain Dew Revolution” Facebook Page.
Philosophy: “I’m literally at the point where nothing but Mountain Dew can ever live up to my soda expectations.”
You don’t need to build a shrine to your favorite brand to enjoy the Game of Pongr. But it sure is fun living vicariously through the lives of players who do. Check out the ever-expanding Mountain Dew Museum in the Shane McGinnis homestead:
Shane began drinking the Dew back in 2003, when the horse stables next to his house started stocking it in their soda machine. He previously was hooked on Mello Yello, but the business owner’s switch from Coke to Pepsi products inevitably changed his life forever.
He was extremely active in DEWmocracy II, the 2010 promotional contest to choose Mountain Dew’s next flavor. And he worked feverishly on the Distortion Team, making taste test videos and Twitter backgrounds for his candidate, but graciously supported White Out when it became the official nominee.
Shane’s pair of sweet Mountain Dew Adidas sneaks was earned with cap codes. His quest for one-of-a-kind Dew items includes homemade artwork from his little sister Kiersten.
Now he’s in a tight three-way Pongr race for Mountain Dew CEO.
“I was super excited about Dew’s decision to use Pongr after only a few days of ‘Pongring’ my Dew heart away,” Shane says. “I’ve got many friends playing Pongr, and one of them is now the CEO of Mountain Dew (in the game), John Bukacek. This is really an original site that I’ve never seen before, and teaming up with my favorite brand just makes it even better!”
As an aspiring photographer, Pongr is also a golden opportunity to show off his creativity.
“Be creative, people will like your pictures more when they are different and original,” he advises other players. “Don’t steal pictures and don’t recruit fake accounts. Where’s the fun in any of that anyways?”
As for his quest to unseat his friend John Bukacek as Dew CEO, Shane is proving that the corporate world can be competitive without being cutthroat. Check out the friendly banter he recently shared with his rival in the Pongr comments section:
The picture they are discussing is the “bandit” pose posted at the top of this blog. Looks like the race to be CEO won’t be cooling off anytime soon, but it hopefully will remain civil.
“John B, I’m coming for ya!” warns Shane. “And Jason K, I don’t know how you do it, but you seem to still be keeping up with me. But it’s a competition for a great position, so I can see why you’re pushing so hard. Good luck!”
There’s still plenty of time to earn Dew Bucks and Pitch Black Bucks for your choice of phenomenal limited-edition prizes. Send your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and see how far you can climb!