Singlewire Spotlight: Ben [Interview]

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How long have you been at Singlewire and what’s your position?

I have been working at Singlewire for about three years as a software engineer. This began with my 2017 internship that led to a full-time position as of January 2019.

Can you describe your work at Singlewire?

For my first two years, I focused on adding features to our InformaCast Fusion Admin Web Application. I gained experience in AngularJS, Angular, and React as our JavaScript framework of choice changed rapidly. More recently, I decided to get involved with the server-side code in order to gain a better understanding of our full technology stack. While I still frequently add enhancements and fix bugs in our web application, I spend a fair amount of time adding changes to our cloud REST API as well.

What do you like about working at Singlewire?

While the list is rather extensive, my favorite part about Singlewire is the culture based on trust. Leaders demonstrate transparency by frequently updating employees on finances and important business decisions. Furthermore, employees are trusted to get their work done and are never micromanaged. It’s definitely a rare and hugely appreciated benefit of working here!

What’s been your favorite project you’ve worked on here?

The Mobile Self Service project was definitely my favorite. It was challenging and required changes to several services, but I learned a ton in the process. It’s also a very rewarding feeling to know many customers are excited for the new self-registration feature.

What have you gained from working at Singlewire?

Almost everything I know about software development has been learned at Singlewire. While many companies focus only on development speed, Singlewire always encourages learning new technologies in order to increase product quality. When combining this with a brilliant group of co-workers, it creates an environment where it’s easy to learn something new every day!

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

It may come as a surprise (given my picture above), but I love spending time on my motorcycle. I recently moved to Nashville and can’t wait for the never-ending riding season! In the near future, I hope to upgrade to a 600cc supersport and make it to the nearest racetrack.

I also love spending time with my cat, Cassie, and playing the guitar. Rock ‘n’ roll will never die!

What’s the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

During Spring Break in 2014, I visited the United Arab Emirates with my dad. We went jet skiing on the Persian Gulf, made it to the top of the Burj Khalifa, rode the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World, and ate a ton of delicious food. I highly recommend visiting.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Culver’s Triple Deluxes, hands down. Eating two of those for lunch is an undertaking, but the food coma and sense of achievement that follow are worth it.

Tell us a little about your family?

Both of my parents served in the US Army. In fact, they met when they were stationed at NTC in the Mojave Desert! Today, they own a house in Lancaster, SC. My mom enjoys spending time with the neighbors and her cats while my dad works at his final job in South Sudan before he retires. I also have two brothers who are both in the Army. My oldest brother, Jack, is getting his masters at Harvard so he can teach at the US Military Academy (West Point). My other brother, Luke, is a Ranger who will be moving to New York in December to start his next assignment. I always tell people that Uncle Sam got four of my family members, so he doesn’t need me too.

Where is your hometown?

From third grade until my college graduation, I called Neenah, Wis. home.

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