Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.
In honor of wrapping up National Engineers Week last week and ISE's 15 year anniversary, today I'm interviewing Jeff Moody, Senior Software Engineer, and one of the original eight ISE team members.
Q. What did you do prior to working at ISE?
Jeff: Prior to ISE I worked for Nexiq, which was Diversified Software Industries (DSI) prior to that. The project I worked on was Breakthrough to Literacy (learning-to-read software) by the company of the same name. The company was eventually was bought by McGraw-Hill, and the project became the foundation of ISE. Prior to that I worked on several projects at Nexiq, most notably was fleet management software we made in-house called Mercury Messenger. Mark B. and I (with some help from Hass) did the bulk of the work creating this software.
Prior to that I worked at Meritor for the TripMaster group which was part of Rockwell. Meritor used to be the entire automotive division of Rockwell and spun off while I was working there. The TripMaster system was an electronic driver log system – hardware and software. When I started at Rockwell, I worked in QA, including programming of automated testing using Visual Test. I transitioned to programming the installation software.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about being an engineer at ISE?
Jeff: I like the variety of projects I’ve worked on and learning different programming languages. Most of all I like the people at ISE and the culture. It is an excellent environment. Everyone tries to do their best to ensure success of the projects they are working on. I also like that people will share information. In the past I’ve worked with people who seem to hoard their knowledge, but I haven’t seen that at ISE.
Q. How has ISE changed since its founding 15 years ago (other than growing in number of team members)?
Jeff: There are more projects being worked on, and the diversity of projects and industries of the product services has grown. We have our own product, eFleetSuite, that is generating revenue.
The logo and branding was updated a few years ago. What I really like about that is the office has become more colorful now since we have so many walls using every color in our company palette. It sort of changes the work atmosphere for the better to have more color.
Q: Of the 8 founding team members, 6 are current team members as well. What do you think that is attributed to?
Jeff: Stability and culture.
We all worked with Hass for a while prior to joining. There has been a lot of trust in him as a leader and knowing that he won’t make any rash decisions that could put the company in jeopardy. Trust in Deb as Controller. She’s sharp and helps with crucial business decisions. Also, she is just such a happy and nice person.
Trust in ourselves in that we had a great group of people to start with and have been picky about who we hire. We knew from the beginning that this would be crucial to our success and growth, and it has paid off. We continue to hire people who are smart and easy to work with.
All of these things make ISE a stable place to work. There haven’t been any reasons to worry that the company would go under, or that someone would buy it and move it to another state.
Another reason would be advantages for working for a small company compared to a corporation - there is better communication, fewer silos, and less wastefulness in small companies. Even though we are now owned by a large corporation, the culture hasn’t changed.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Jeff: For hobbies, I enjoy disc golf, playing pool and foosball, going out to eat, and playing guitar. I enjoy seeing live music – I'm going to see Slayer for the last time in May. When it gets warmer out I plan on playing tennis and basketball. It’s been a long time since I’ve done either one. I enjoy it and could use the exercise.
In the last couple of years I’ve become more involved in politics and enjoy that most of the time. Canvassing for Bernie Sanders for president was a great experience.
For many years I have studied and practiced nutritional healing. And this past summer was my first experience in gardening and had some fun with that.
I also enjoy hanging out with my girlfriend and friends. My friends are like family. This is probably what I like best, but I would think is pretty common.
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