Hi Bill (or should we say, Mr. President)! Where are you from?
I’m originally from San Diego, California. But after retiring from the U.S. Army, I reside in Berlin, Germany (My wife's hometown).
When did you join ZOX VIP?
I joined May 19, 2019, after being gifted my very first ZOX Strap from a fellow member of VIP, Janniena Aten. I work for DHL and had delivered her monthly Mystery Pack (Sub). She got a dupe strap (Soldier) and since she knew that I was Retired U.S. Army, decided to gift it to me. I was so humbled by her gesture and when I read the quote on the back, it actually brought tears to my eyes. Right then and there, I was hooked and immediately placed my first order after I got home from work. The people in this community are like no others. There is so much love and kindness in this group, that it is contagious.
You’re a moderator for the VIP group. What encouraged you to take that position?
I was asked by Mersadie Root to fill the slot left open by a previous International MOD (Sam Rolfe, UK), so that there would be someone representing the international folks and be actively present due to the 9 hour time zone difference, between Germany and the U.S. I was a little apprehensive at first, because I’d only been a member for one year. I was immediately welcomed by the other MODs and quickly learned my duties with their helpful guidance.
What do you enjoy most about being a MOD?
I love that I get to interact with the community members and assist them with answering questions or solving issues they might have in VIP or Zoxlist. I also love that I get to communicate directly with the Bros (Jason, Brandon, and Jordan), also with other Admins such as Sarah, Landri, and of course my fellow MODs, who are all amazing and kind people.
What’s something you’d want more people to know about being a MOD?
I’d like to remind them, that we MODs do this strictly voluntarily and do not work for ZOX. We are also just regular members of the VIP community, that do this as a way to help keep order in the group as per the guidelines set down by the Bros and we are here to assist as best we can.
Which ZOX do you wear most?
It depends. I like to rotate through my collection and wear what fits the occasion or what I’m doing.
How big is your collection?
It’s quite large considering that I’ve only been collecting for 2 and a half years. 16 Hoodies (various colors), over 800+ straps, 300+ singles, 2 V1 mini Backpacks, 1 Daily, 10 Pearls, 60+ strings, 20 Imperials, 6 Lanyards, 2 Rings, 4 Metlets, 2 Gold Bars, 4 Zoxlox, 2 Advents Calendars (2019 & 2021), 1 Puzzle, 8 ZOX Greeting Cards, lots of Mystery Pack envelopes (8 orig. Galaxy & various Season 1-2) 2 Coloring books, 19 Gold Tickets, 2 Black Star Tickets and probably more stuff I can’t think of.
What does your dream strap look like? What’s it called? Why?
My ultimate grail is called Benji $100 Bill. I have wanted one since I first saw it, but since it is a BLACK STAR, there are only 100 made and it is a highly sought after strap. It is also way out of my price range (Zoxlist)!!
What do you plan on getting next? Why?
I am anxiously awaiting the release of the new full-sized Backpack and whatever other surprises Jason has in store for us.
** Disclaimer: All photos and stories are property of the VIP. Their featured collection in this blog does not mean that what is shown is for sale by the VIP.