Our team is composed of many different people with unique backgrounds, experiences, and skills. Each person brings new elements to the table that are essential in creating a well-rounded company. In this series of blog posts, we hope to let our readers get to know our team as well as we do. From what they do both inside and outside of the office to their tastes in TV and music, these posts are a chance to learn about about what makes our team members tick.
Meet Luke - back-end developer, parent/foster parent, and World Relief volunteer.
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Luke started working for Vector in 2011. After working in the NYC office for two years, he and his wife welcomed their first child in 2013 and decided to move back to Tennessee to be closer to their families. I talked with Luke about working remotely, volunteering, striking a work/life balance, and what he loves about working at Vector.
Q: Where did you go to school and what did you study?
A: I went to the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. I went into college thinking I would pursue some type of engineering degree, but soon swapped to the other side of the spectrum and majored in Philosophy.
Q: What did you do before you started working here?
A: I previously worked as a developer for a medical imaging and transcription company out of Nashville, TN. I worked full time for them my senior year of college and then for another 2 years upon graduating.
Q: How has your role developed or changed since you started working here?
A: When I started, it was just Matt, Lee, Stu and Andrew. I was very happy that they welcomed me aboard. I have enjoyed getting to work on larger and larger projects throughout my time with Vector. Having preferred working with just PHP initially, I now am probably evenly split between it and Python these days.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Vector?
A: There are so many things! They’ve always maintained a great atmosphere for creative work and ensuring that their employees are happy about the types of projects they are working on (and the skills they are developing). We get to work with amazing, well-known clients which always keeps things exciting. I’ve always been amazed at the care Vector takes to ensure people are happy with the types of projects they are working on. For example, on one project I work on for a widely-known and high-traffic client, it was a fun challenge to handle a large amount of data management and manage several maintained API versions. I love projects where I’m able to tackle a new problem, and given the freedom to investigate the best technologies/approach to solve it. I have yet to ask a question in our #dev-chat Slack channel without receiving multiple (interesting) solutions on how to solve it from other people in the office. Matt has always pushed the Development team to have a good work/life balance and to ensure we’re challenged and growing.
Q: What does your typical day in the office look like?
A: Working remotely, I usually get started pretty early in the morning. I can normally knock out a little work before having breakfast with my family. I’m then able to sync with the rest of the team on our daily stand-ups. I have a few standing calls with clients throughout the week to go over what is currently being worked on, and otherwise I can be found with my headphones on working on whatever task is at hand for the day.
Q: What’s your family like?
A: I’m married to Jess and we have two girls — Anne Marie (3) and Virginia (2). We are also foster parents, so we love having other children with us from time to time.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I volunteer a decent amount of time each week with World Relief assisting and befriending refugees who have come to Memphis.
Q: If you were put in charge of the office playlist, what would it include?
A: Probably a lot of Animal Collective.
Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
A: I love a good cheese. I’d be perfectly fine with some good cave-aged cheddar with bread and some good salami.
Q: What is your favorite spot in New York?
A: The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, and (of course) eating at Rubirosa Pizza as much as possible!