This week's Featured Employee is Erik, one of our Project Managers. Erik comes to us all the way from the land of Wayne Gretzky, Rush and the best maple syrup -- oh Canada. We asked Erik to answer a few questions for us, check out what he said:
What’s your title?
Director, Senior Project Manager
How long have you been at Guidance?
210 days/30 weeks/7 months/0.5753 years!
Tell us about your hometown.
St. Catharines in Ontario, Canada, 30 minutes from Niagara Falls. The weather is similar to that of New York City - deep winters, very warm summers. However, being located between two great lakes (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario), there is lots of precipitation, and fertile land for farms and vineyards. St. Catharines started as an industrial town when a GM plant was built there. After substantial growth, it's now home to 150,000 people, with ~50 high schools, and a prominent Canadian university - Brock University. St. Catharines is the birthplace of "Ice Wine", and famous for its huge high school rowing programs. A very green city, covered in trees and forests. "The 12-Mile Creek" cuts through the center of the town. Roughly parallel with the creek is a glacial shelf commonly referred to as "The Ascarpment" that continues in both directions into northern Ontario and south into New York state. Overall, it's a quiet, growing town with many young families and generally warm people.
What city do you currently live in?
Marina del Rey, at Mariner's Village. It's the coolest apartment complex I've ever seen - just 2 miles from the office, right in the Marina!
How did you decide on this career?
I had always been passionate about the Internet. A family friend asked me to design a Web site for them - that was my first contract for Web development. Inspired by the success of that first project, I began to seek out clients, doing freelance graphic design, Web development, and business process refinement. That took me to Southern California, where Janet at Guidance eventually found me, and the rest is history!
What was the oddest job you ever held?
Cable Internet tech support representative for a call center. The story I always tell is the time someone called in asking why their Internet wasn't working. Further probing revealed that they were attempting to connect to the Internet to find out when their power was going to come back on. That was what we referred to as a PICNIC issue -- Problem In Chair, Not In Computer.
What do you like most about working at Guidance?
That everyone has the ability to help design the processes that shape the company's future. In other words, if something needs improving, you can make it better - you don't just have to live with it, like many other places!