I’m Chris, and I’m thrilled to joining your team as a senior engineer!
I can’t wait to meet every one of you, and I thought it might be nice to share a some random things about myself in a remote-friendly format.
- I’m coming to you from Red Hat, where I worked on ManageIQ, the open source cloud management platform behind Red Hat CloudForms. I spent the majority of my time there working on issues related to Ruby and Rails specifically; ManageIQ makes heavy use of Rails internals (Some ‘fun’ examples: 1, 2, 3 ), and keeping it on the bleeding edge of Rails and Ruby development was a top priority. I was also the technical lead on ManageIQ’s GraphQL API. Prior to Red Hat I worked at Sport Ngin here in the Cities (now NBC SportsEngine)
- I’ve worked 100% remotely since 2014, and while I still enjoy working remotely I’m eager to be back in an office with other humans again, too! :)
I like backpacking and being outside, to balance out all the time spent staring at an LCD all day long.
- Before I was in software, I was an orchestral clarinetist. I have lots of really terrifyingly embarrassing pictures of myself holding a clarinet, too.
I like dogs a lot; here’s a picture of mine (Reuben) if you like seeing pictures of dogs as much as I do:
- I live in White Bear Lake with my wife Emily and our 1 year old son, Elliot. Emily and I are actually from White Bear Lake originally; we moved out to Washington, D.C. for a few years before returning to the Cities a little over a year ago. We have a house on a pond, which brings me to…
I like hockey…too much. I never played growing up at all, but took it up for fun while I was in school at the UofM. I’m a big Wild fan, and play about twice a week year-round in AHA and a few beer leagues. I’m not good, it’s just fun!
Last year I was foolish enough to gather many of my developer friends who also play hockey and made a team that competed in the US Pond Hockey Championships, which sounds much more official and impressive than we really are. Our name? The Dangling Pointers
If the above doesn’t convince you, a few months after we bought our house I converted an unfinished section of my basement in to…this…while my wife was at work one evening:
…Yeah. I know. Too much.
I like building keyboards. Don’t worry, I’m desoldering my clicky switches on my daily driver for something a little easier on the ears for you those of you in the office :D
I’m getting self-conscious talking about myself so much, so I’ll stop there. I’m SUPER excited to meet you all and do some really awesome work together at Software for Good!