Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today!
With an incredible 30+ years experience, John is a senior architect for Gorilla Logic with specialties in Java, J2EE and security. John believes that a constant desire to learn is the most important quality to possess in order to be successful in the tech world.
Where’s your hometown? – I don’t have one. We moved a lot while I was growing up. I lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Holland, England, and France.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to? – Hawaii. My favorite islands are Maui and Kauai.
How many years have you worked in your field? – 30, that’s a long time.
If you could perform on stage with one famous musician/group, who would it be and why? – Ritchie Blackmore. He’s my favorite guitarist. But, he’s known for not getting along with anyone, so maybe it wouldn’t be so great.
How do you spend your free time? – I play guitar, ski, hike, and mountain bike.
What is your guilty pleasure TV show? – The original Hawaii Five-O
Where do you go to relax and recharge? – Estes park (close). Hawaii (not so close).
What made you want to work at Gorilla Logic? – I had worked for Stu at Sun Microsystems for several years. When the time came to part ways with Sun, Gorilla Logic was a natural choice for me.
What is your personal motto? – I don’t have a personal motto but I do collect quotes that are meaningful to me. Here’s one: “The more you think you know, the more closed-minded you will be.” – Ray Dalio
Something that your LinkedIn profile couldn’t tell us? – One of the projects I worked on early in my career was the Pershing II missile. That’s right, kids – rocket science.
What was one of the most rewarding leadership positions you have had? – When I was in the Java Center at Sun Microsystems I led a project for a client to migrate their existing AS/400 application to J2EE. Everything went very smoothly. The client was reasonable and realistic about the effort involved and all the people on my team were great.
Best advice when heading into an interview? – Relax and be honest.
Best advice when meeting with a client? – Listen. Make sure you understand the client’s pain points.
Now that you have greater insight on the world (maybe;)), what would you go back and tell your 18-year-old self? – I could probably write 3 pages of advice to my 18-year-old self. But, one thing I would say which is universally applicable is this: “At some point after you graduate from college you’re going to get a job and finally make some decent money. One of your first impulses is to go out and buy a new car to replace your aging clunker. Don’t do it. Use your youth to build a solid financial foundation, whether it’s buying a house or investing in the stock market. If you do this, later in life you’ll be able to buy any car you want.”