I started in 2014. At that time, I think there were twelve people working for the company.
I’m originally from Hawaii. I was a developer for about ten years, and I just didn’t like it. It wasn’t for me. I wasn’t good at it.
My role now is Quality Assurance (QA), which is nice because I really enjoy it. I can exist in both worlds in that if I find a problem with the code, then I can actually look at the code and find any vulnerabilities.
I decided to move out of Hawaii because when you live on an island, it starts to feel like an island. I put out feelers for Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Durham, North Carolina. I was interested in those areas because I had a lot of friends who used to live there as sort of a jumping off point for a big city. I had three friends who moved to Durham and absolutely loved it, but it was too small for them so they actually moved to New York City. For me, I’m not a city person, so what they were telling me, I was like “Well, that sounds perfect.”
The other reason I chose Durham is because I went to school in Florida at Full Sail University where I studied video game programming. I loved the southern hospitality. We have the Aloha Spirit in Hawaii, and the only thing that could rival that is southern hospitality.
Brian Smithwick, ServiceTrade Chief Technical Officer, called me first, and it was such a wonderful company that I had to get involved.