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.
Today I'm interviewing Rich Lineback, Director of Business Development for our Professional Services division and our most recent addition to the ISE Leadership Team. In his short time here, he's already been an active force in pursuing new business opportunities while injecting humor along the way.
Q. How long have you worked at ISE and what did you do prior?
Rich: This is my 3rd week at ISE. After graduating from Augustana College, I moved to Silicon Valley to work with Lockheed and then with a startup that was ultimately bought by Texas Instruments. I returned to Iowa in the late 90s and worked as Vice President of Engineering for quite some time at NCS Pearson. Over the past few years, I have worked with startups out of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, and most recently with Higher Learning Technologies in business development roles.
Q. At your previous companies you worked with ISE on a few projects. What was it about ISE that led you to apply for the Vice President of Professional Services position?
Rich: Two words: Matt Coventon.
Q. Matt Coventon? He is a valuable team member and an admirable person, but could you expound on your answer a bit?
Rich: I worked closely with Matt several years ago on the 3D circuit board visualization project, and after traveling with him, I decided I’d like to be just like him when I grow up. He’s cool!
Q: You have a strong background in ISE's core capabilities. Which one interests you the most and why?
Rich: All of them. I really enjoy the process of working with prospective partners to understand their initiatives and to come up with custom solutions to address their challenges that they may not even be aware of themselves. I like diversity in my work, and the wide-ranging expertise of ISE and its team really motivates me to find opportunities to leverage our core competencies to build sustainable partnerships.
Q. You've been at ISE for about a month now. What do you look forward to in the next few months at ISE?
Rich: I have worked with Trimble in the past, and I’d like to share with all of you the great reputation they have in the industry. In addition to great opportunities that we will continue to develop with our existing products and partners - and other emerging local businesses – I look forward to digging deeper into opportunities with Trimble Transportation, Ag, Forestry, and others.
I have also known Hass and his leadership team for quite some time. I know they are about ALL of the right things, so I look forward to help ISE continue to advance its culture as we grow to make it something we all own, value, and enjoy. I would like to see all of us help bring many more good people here...people that we have known and worked with in the past that share our values and work ethic. I believe we are going to be able to work on a lot of interesting new projects, and we will need many more people to deliver. I know we can make this organization whatever we’d like it to be, which is the best thing you can say about any business!
Q: What do you do for fun?
Rich: I golf. I watch sports (Bears, Cubs, Cyclones, Warriors, Tiger Woods). I enjoy my pets. I love to brag about my kids.
I like to think I’ve gotten to a place where I choose my work because it’s work that makes me feel good and that I enjoy, and I love to work with people that I enjoy working with. That is a good place to be in life!
I greatly enjoy travel, both for business and pleasure. I have developed an appreciation for art (especially oil paintings), so I am on a quest to see as many art museums as I can. If you are ever having trouble getting to sleep, just let me know, and I can regale you with stories of the great paintings I’ve seen and why you should be impressed! Here’s one to pique your interest. I just went to Paris for the first time two weeks ago, and I was thrilled to get to see the Louvre. While many of the paintings there are truly unforgettable, there is one by Leonardo da Vinci that I just can’t shake: Il Maestro dei Grandi Dati (1513).
[Source: Rich Lineback]
It's been a whirlwind first month with Rich and we look forward to seeing where he can take us in the Professional Services arena. Are you interested in joining our team or have a project ISE might be interested in pursuing? Learn about our current opportunities on our Careers page or Contact Us to learn more about our Professional Services!