President - LinxSmart & Partner - SOAP Vault
I was born/grew up in: Ancaster, Ontario
I now live in: Oakville, Ontario
I completed my training/education at: Mohawk College
Describe what you do at work.
I operate two separate companies, LinxSmart and SOAP Vault.
For LinxSmart I do the following:
- Ensure projects and operations are running smoothly.
- Plan software solutions for clients prior to having our development team build them.
- Explore opportunities to gain new clients (marketing)
For SOAP Vault I am responsible for:
- Ensuring feature development is on schedule and meeting quality expectations.
- Planning new features.
- Helping with customer support
We use computer science for our software development processes and I analyze client situations to determine the best solution to improve efficiency of their operations through the use of custom business web/mobile applications. My STEM background helps with solving problems and making decisions because, working with a very logically driven team, we focus more on factual decisions rather than emotional.
When I was a student I enjoyed:
How does your job affect people’s lives?
We build business applications for our clients, and their employees. We need to ensure the product we build will make their job easier and more efficient.
What motivates you in your career?
I very much enjoy providing a new perspective of technology to businesses who typically didn't have custom software development as a viable option. Moving from traditional to modern methods of managing business information can yield exponential improvements, and it's great to be managing those projects.
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
Describe your career path to this career.
- Basic business and computer programming knowledge from high school. Enough to get me interested.
- College level business and computer science.
- The rest was experience.
My career is in the field and direction I wanted. I hoped I would be further ahead in that direction (50 person company, we are currently 5), but still doing what I wanted to do. I decided to go in this direction because it matched my interests with what I felt to be an in-demand future opportunity.
What activities do you like to do outside of work?
- Spend time with family and friends
- Rock climbing
- Video games
What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?
Focus on what interests you, what you're good at, and be the best at that. Specialization is very important.