What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive?
I head up our development team, help others write the code that makes Testive run, and when I get lucky, write some code myself.
What’s your favorite part about working at Testive?
The people. I get the chance to come to work everyday and spend time with people who I respect, trust, and generally just like spending time with. We are a family and on the hardest days that is what makes all the difference.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
Not working? What is that? Just kidding. When not catching up on sleep, I love to spend time with friends, read (mainly fantasy & sci-fi, the worse written the better), and work on side projects exploring new technologies.
What’s your favorite food?
Burritos. Who doesn’t love food in a pouch?
What’s your favorite movie and why?
The Departed. I have seen it about 1000 times and it never gets old.
What quote do you try to live your life by?
“Hasten then to the end which you have before you, and, throwing away idle hopes, come to your own aid, if you care at all for yourself, while it is in your power.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Cat. I’ve had cats my whole life, something about their indifference is very comforting.
Mac or PC?
Mac til the end.
If you had one piece of advice to give college-bound students, what would it be?
I am going to cheat and give three pieces of advice (I’ll try to keep it short):
- Don’t be afraid to try things and then give them up and try something else. I started college studying Chemistry, had a change of heart, and now I run development for Testive. That change was scary, but was so worth it. Never feel like you are stuck doing something you don’t like, you are in control, you can change it.
- Cherish the friends you meet. I met my best friend (and fellow Testive colleague) as a random roommate my freshman year of college, and we still live and work together. The people you meet in college have the potential to be some of the most influential and important people in your life, cherish them.
- Trust your gut. It’s usually right. Mine hasn’t failed me yet.