Singlewire Spotlight: Charlie

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Each month, we feature one of our stellar team members on our blog. Learn more about them and what they do at Singlewire.

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

I’ve been a Software Engineer at Singlewire since September of 2016.

Please describe what you do at Singlewire.

I’m a full stack developer focusing mostly on InformaCast Fusion. In the past two-and-a-half years I’ve implemented many new features such as enabling our customers to use multiple Fusion servers across their organization, porting features from InformaCast Advanced, ensuring that we’re compliant with security standards such as FIPS, and meeting our goal of ever faster notifications to more devices with the highest standard of reliability. I also serve on the architecture team to help our developers engineer solutions to complex problems.

What do you like best about working at Singlewire?

Singlewire empowers their employees to do the right thing the right way. We’re given the creative freedom and technology independence to engineer solutions without getting bogged down by precedent. Each cross-functional team is able to tailor a development process to their needs instead of the other way around. Also, my coworkers are awesome.

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

The Fusion Performance project has been a really interesting and challenging opportunity. When you take something that already works, but you have to make it ​better​, you’re required to think outside the box and constantly challenge your assumptions, all while making very detailed notes of your methods. Overall, this experience has made me a much better developer than any other single project.

What have you gained from working at Singlewire?

In the past three years I’ve learned three new programming languages, many new design patterns, and several new techniques to scale asynchronous distributed systems. I’ve also met some incredibly smart, talented, and driven people across many different roles in the organization.

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

The trip to Germany that I took with the Madison College Jazz Band in 2017 was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to meet many incredible local musicians, bond with fellow band members, and see a really interesting fusion of historical and modern German culture as we traveled from town to town.

Tell us a little about your family?

I’ve been married to my wife Sara for eight years and have three kids: Elena (7), Oliver (5), and Miles (3). Elena has just started competition dance and Oliver is quickly becoming a pretty good basketball shot. Miles is mostly content with running around our swing set waving a foam sword like Link from the Legend of Zelda. My wife Sara is an amateur turned professional seamstress and is now filling many concurrent orders in addition to being a full-time mom. I am forever thankful for them all.

Do you have any special talents?

I consider myself a pretty decent jazz trumpet player, and play in multiple groups around the Madison area.

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?

You really haven’t lived until you’ve seen Iron Maiden at least once.

Where’s your hometown?

I spent the better part of my childhood in Cincinnati and proudly (for better or worse) represent the Bengals and Reds everywhere I go, as many of my coworkers will attest to. The Packers are pretty cool too.

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