MeetingPlay's #EventProfs: Meet Paul L.
Each Friday we get a little bit personal on the MeetingPlay blog. We pause from our typical mobile event app and event professional advice - and instead share with you one of the many faces that goes behind the hard work all that MeetingPlay does.
This week we're meeting Paul. Paul is one of MeetingPlay's senior architect of development though as our COO chimed in 'the best ever - one of the most important parts of MeetingPlay's success'. Meet Paul:
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My true first job was preparing little league baseball fields when I was in 4th grade. It involved dragging a piece of fence around the field to smooth it out and then putting the chalk lines down. I did this twice a week, one day with my brother and one day with my best friend. We were paid 3.50 per field and there were 3 fields to do each time. The money was used to rent video games and buy baseball cards.
My first computer job was working for a family friend who owned a small computer consulting company when I was a junior in high school. The company was a data center for a marketing company which was heavily involved in loyalty marketing for Delta, National Car Rental, Starwood, etc. I started by loading data from mainframe tapes and running programs against the data, and ended up being the lead developer on an old loyalty program called The Builders Circle which was a loyalty program for home builders after I graduated college.
(not sure which of the above you want to use, you can choose)
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
My Dad. He’s always been supportive in my career choices. He’s also been able to give me advice without making it sound like he’s telling me what to do. It’s been great having him as a sounding board my whole life. He’s a great role model for me too. I’m happy he’s approaching retirement so he and my mom can come spend more time with my wife and I in San Diego.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
I was new to the event industry when I first started at Meetingplay, but after working here for the past 4 years, I really enjoy having so many people use our software in a lot of different ways that we have created at Meetingplay. I like hearing the positive feedback on new features that we introduce into the app, i.e. Bingo, Scavenger Hunts, etc. I like that It’s also a very fast past industry and I like being able to work on all the new projects we take on.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
I would tell myself "You’re about to get into an industry (software development) that has many different career choices. You don’t have pick a job where you work a 9-5 and work there 30 years. Keep learning as you progress in your career and get excited about the ability to ‘Telecommute’ which will allow you to do a lot of traveling while still having a job."
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
It’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll give you a few. I’m from MN, and now live in San Diego, and I really enjoy riding my bike all year round. I like to garden and it’s great that I can do it all year round out here. I am a die hard Vikings fan and I like to go to a couple of road games each year with family and friends. That ties in with my love for traveling. I studied abroad twice in college, both times in Germany. I was able to travel to a lot of countries in Europe. Then when I was contracting in the mid 2000’s, I did a lot of travel in the USA visiting friends and family in different cities. For our honeymoon, my wife and I went to New Zealand for 16 days and traveled around both the North and South Islands, it was amazing
Clearly - Paul is an amazing person, both as part of MeetingPlay's team, and outside the doors of development. We're sure glad to have 'the best ever' as part of the MeetingPlay team! Thanks Paul!
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