In our Employee Highlight series, we will introduce you to various ObjectRocket Team Members and this week we have Tim Banks!
A: Norfolk, VA
Q: What do you do at ObjectRocket?
A: DevOps Engineer
Q: What have you gained from working at ObjectRocket?
A: 10lbs, and a ridiculous amount of knowledge from my co-workers across the spectrum of development, automation, and systems engineering.
Q: Describe what you were like at age 10.
A: Probably my most awkward year. Just got braces on some buck teeth that would have made bugs bunny envious, played soccer, but still chunky. Oh, and that was the year my mom started trying to cut my hair and I wanted a box. So, I spent a lot of time practicing the saxophone and reading. It would all pay off in high school, though.
Q: Least favorite food?
A: Cucumbers – I'd rather be beaten to death with one than have to eat one.
Q: If you could switch your job with anyone else within ObjectRocket, whose job would you want?
A: Ohh man, I don't know. I'll switch it up and tell whose job I DON'T want: Vanessa's (our office manager). I don't know how she puts up with us. Buncha prima donna engineers who don't know how to set up a video conference and get pissy when the beer is gone.
Q: What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
A: Easily the "mad scientist" aspect. We get to explore ideas on how to do things better, new product ideas, new processes, new tools, etc. We throw a lot of things against the wall and we are allowed to pursue the things that stick.
Q: Before working at ObjectRocket, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
A: I was a chef for several years. I worked my way up from line cook to executive chef and that is probably the only other job I'd eve consider having again.
Q: Any favorite line from a movie?
A: "Thirty seconds. We went like this, he went like that. I said to Hollywood, 'Where'd he go?' Hollywood says, 'Where'd who goooo?'"
Q: What did you want to be when growing up?
A: A band director. I actually went to school for Music Education, and my wife is a music educator. I am still a big marching band geek and an avid Drum Corps International fan.
Q: What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
A: Oh, man. UGH, I can feel the judgement already – but, it's American Idol. And I'm sick that this is the last season coming up.
Q: If you could be stuck in an elevator with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be?
A: Being stuck in the elevator with dead people would be pretty traumatizing. However, if I had to choose, I'd pick the sitting president (currently Barack Obama, but no matter who it is, I'd always love to have them as a captive audience), Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Maya Angelou.
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat?
A: Pueblo Viejo – it's a traditional taco cart here on the East Side. Probably the best tacos I've ever had.
Q: How do you balance your career at ObjectRocket and family?
A: Any place else I've worked, it would be hard. I've got a wife and 4 kids (17, 7, 5, and 1). Here, though, the rubber really hits the road on the work/life balance, I think. I can work from home if I need, they are good at letting me work around appointments and things like that. They also tend to promote our hobbies and are "enablers" of social activities with spouses, partners, and families.
Q: If your house was burning down, what's the one non-living thing you would save?
A: This one album I have of older family pictures that were done on film cameras (as opposed to digital ones I have stored in the cloud). Everything else we have can be replaced.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Spare time is sparse with 4 kids, but cycling, both road, and now cyclocross. Shooting, pistols and rifles (trying to get into 3-gun competitions so I can have an excuse to buy more stuff). I am a brazilian jiujitsu practitioner (non competitively for now). I also like to work on cars, although I haven't had a project car in some time (always on the lookout though).
Q: Motto or personal mantra?
A: I've had a few, but for a while, it's been a paraphrase of cycling rule number 10, which is "It never gets easier, you just get better."