Employee Spotlight: John Rhoadarmer

John RhoadarmerJohn joined Escape in the beginning of 2010 as technical support. Now he is working in development as a data technician. Before joining Escape, John spent six years as an EDI/ERP software implementation specialist. John received his MBA and B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in MIS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. John enjoys riding motorcycles, playing bass in an alternative country rock band and loves spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — I love working for a company in which we get to wear several different hats, depending on what is needed on that day. There is always something new to learn, whether it be troubleshooting a new issue we haven’t experienced before, finding a new way to make something work, or bouncing off ideas from all the brainiacs here. Escape still has that close family feel that tends to disappear in larger companies.

Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day? — My morning normally starts by making my wife a cup of coffee and listening to the radio as I get ready. After I get to work, I listen to internet radio and pretend to read emails for an hour. Around 10AM, I go get a snack and engage in water fountain talk about The Bachelor. Next thing I know, it is noon and it is time to take a walk to the deli for some lunch. I try to catch up on any Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart that I've missed while I eat my Cobb salad. Then I’ll compose a couple emails around 2PM, followed by an afternoon snack and a healthy dose of Reddit.

Seriously, each day is something new at Escape, but it normally involves data conversion duties. This is my main priority, followed by assisting in technical support, making XML changes as they come up, working on video projects, maintaining the Facebook site and a plethora of other duties as assigned.

What have been some of the highlights of your career? — There was about a year here at Escape where I had my own office. That was pretty cool.

What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? — Not sure if it’s my favorite, but I normally hit the gym several times a week. Spin, bootcamp, strength training classes, etc. Gotta keep this Adonis physique in check. I also like taking rides on my motorcycle, spending time with friends & family, enjoying a tasty craft beer, golf, photography, outdoorsy hikes and the occasional reality TV show. (#BB16)

Where are you from originally? — Born and raised in Orcutt, CA., a sleepy unincorporated town located in the Santa Maria Valley and home to some of the best tri-tip around. P.S. – if the packaging says “Santa Maria Style,” it’s safe to say it is not!

If you weren't a Data Technician, what would you be? — I would love to work in special effects and make movies. This is a hard question for me, though. I know what I wouldn't want to do. Borrowing from Say Anything:

I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that. – Lloyd Dobler

What is your favorite food? — Tri-tip. Maybe sushi. Or Mexican. Or Mexican Tri-tip sushi. Maybe Nutella. So many options.

What is your ringtone? — It kind of goes “beep… ring ring yodel doo dippity doo bop.” Unless it’s my wife, then it is a Wilco song called “I’m the Man Who Loves You.” Corny, I know. Don’t judge.

If you could meet one person, who and why? — I think I’d like to meet Jesus. Not that I am a real religious person, but I think it would answer a lot of questions.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — I would like to have the ability to summon wasps at any time and control them with my mind. Think of how many situations you could get out of. Get pulled over for speeding? Wasp time. Bar tab due and you left your wallet at home? Wasp time. It’s also funny to see people flailing their arms around.

Or maybe just the ability to transport anywhere in the world. I hate driving.