Every Friday on the MeetingPlay blog, we set aside a moment to showcase a member of MeetingPlay's amazing, hardworking talent. We put a name to one of the many event professionals that come together to help develop, create, and support what becomes the mobile event apps and event technology success from MeetingPlay. From developers, to sales and operations, to account managers and more - each and every mobile event app that MeetingPlay produces has a multitude of hard and long work behind it, and we are grateful for each team member behind them.
This week, we are featuring MeetingPlay's Ryan T. Ryan is one of Meetingplay's amazing User Interface Unicorns (sometimes known as a front end developer in less awesome places).
1. What was your first job – tell us about it.
My first job was doing construction helping my dad build swimming pools over the summer of my freshman year of high school. It taught me the importance of hard work, determination, and truly how how hot South Florida summers can be. I credit it with directing me toward a job that involved way less manual labor and air conditioning.
2. Who has influenced you most in your professional path/career?
Most of my development and designing career has been influenced by people who's work I've admired from afar on the internet. Whether it be Chris Coyier, Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman, Lea Verou, Scott Jehl, Trent Walton, or the countless other people I follow on Twitter, the community as a whole has helped me to constantly improve and expand my skill set. When it comes to people that have influenced me on a personal level, it would probably be my first Mentor named Ben from Apple Retail. He helped teach me what it was to be a leader and mentor to others while still learning from the people around you.
3. What's your favorite part about working in the event technology (or events) industry?
My favorite part of working int he event technology industry is the constantly changing landscape that we work in. Every event brings with it new challenges and interesting problems that we get the opportunity to deconstruct and solve for.
4. Looking back, what career advice would you tell your 18-year-old self?
I think the most important thing I could pass on to my 18 year old self is to always be experimenting and learning with new things every day. I think be open and testing out new technologies, processes, and work flows is crucial to being successful.
5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
My favorite thing to do when I'm not working is probably to BBQ. Many of my Sundays consist of wood smoking Pulled Pork, Brisket, Chicken, Ribs, or a combination of them all while watching the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Clearly, Ryan's talents and intelligence transpires beyond the doors of MeetingPlay - but especially inside as well. We're certainly grateful to have him part of the team!
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