Each Friday, we shine the spotlight on MeetingPlay's very own team of talent. We showcase the handwork that helps develop, code, design, and work with event professionals every step of the way. Each face is a representative of the hard work and dedication that goes into creating, executing, selling, developing, marketing and everything else that is required to make successful mobile event apps and engaging events.
This week we are featuring one of MeetingPlay's 2017 Sumer Interns, Joey G. Meet Joey G.
1. What was your first job? Tell us about it:
I worked at a family owned pizza place, it was a take and bake pizza place. The concept is that the customer makes an order then we would make the pizza to their specifications and have them come pick it up. The customer would then take the pizza home to bake in their oven. It was a Fun first job, I got to eat a free personal pizza every day I worked with whatever toppings I wanted.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
My dad would be the most influential person when it comes to work ethic. He works every day from 6am to 5pm Monday through Saturday to put food on my family’s table and a roof over our heads. He never called out of work once as long as I have known him. He has worked at the same job for I don’t even know how many years and worked his way up to head electrician without even having a college degree!
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
Working with technology, all my previous jobs had very little technology interaction and this job allows me to get to see what it is all about. I have always had a fascination with how things work, my parents always found me taking things apart when I was little and this job gives me a great look inside the world of phone applications and technology.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Stick to college and get it done, I took a year off to relax and have fun only to come back to college and find myself out of the school mindset making it rather hard to balance my life. Start off with general elective classes and maybe pick a few random more focused classes to see what career path might interest you more if you are undecided. Picking a degree that you are not interested in just because it has job opportunities and pays well will only end with disappointment and frustration later in life.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
Competitive videogames, I Love playing competitive videogames that require a lot of quick thinking, twitch like reactions and great focus. I have played in a few tournaments and even found myself in first place once or twice. Games that require a lot of critical thinking, predicting your opponent’s next moves and winning with cunning and skill are the best way to spend the weekend after a long week of work and College classes.
You've been a blast to have as part of the MeetingPlay team, Joey G!