Meet Tech Lead Joe Ouimet
August 30, 2017
We’re thrilled to introduce you to Sitecore Tech Lead Joe Ouimet, our newest Geek! Joe, based out of Wisconsin, is a consummate professional with a great sense of humor and a demeanor our partners love. As a veteran Sitecore developer Joe loves problem-solving and creating new and innovative ways to implement marketing technologies. Read on to learn more about Joe!
Tell our readers a bit about your career and what brought you to working at GeekHive:
Joe: I’ve had a career that runs the gamut, working for start-ups to corporations, to freelance work, in multiple industries. This has led to a broad array of experiences with clients and businesses.
My favorite job was working at a startup shortly after college. It was a great experience working with a small team of people who were previously successful, and watching how they shifted into a new career. I got to see how skills can be transferred from one field to another.
For many years before I joined the GeekHive team, I was an independent consultant. GeekHive really checked the boxes of what I was looking for if I was to go back to working for someone else full-time. People can be people, which includes laughter and having fun while working. That was important to me, to work with a team I could be myself and laugh with.
In terms of what brought me to GeekHive, to begin with, I actually first met you at last year’s Sitecore Symposium. I have the #ImAGeek t-shirt you guys designed!
Why did you choose to pursue web development for your profession?
I actually started development before what we now call the internet existed, I’m talking pre PCs. I found I had a knack for it in high school back when computer class was taught by the math teacher. The first thing I did was write a video game on an old Radio Shack computer, from there I began teaching the high school class because I understood it more than the teacher did. I continued on and followed development from stand alone PC’s to web development.
Do you have any advice to other people who want to get involved in the technology industry?
Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are doing because we all feel like imposters from time to time, but you have to ignore that, keep your head down and do it!
How did you get involved with the Sitecore community?
When I was an independent contractor I went to visit a prospective client, and they asked if I knew Sitecore or any other CMS. I said no, so they asked if I wanted to learn. That was my first experience with Sitecore, once I started learning and working on it I really took to it.
I like that it’s more than just a CMS, but a digital marketing platform. Because of my background, I’m great at relating to client’s wants and needs and as a developer can use Sitecore’s built-in Martech features and extensibility points to build clients exactly what they are looking for.
What are 5 Fun facts about you?
- I’m an animal lover, I rescued 1 dog and 2 cats.
- I’m into home renos. I’ve renovated 5 houses and I’m currently renovating a lake house.
- I’m also into wood working and I’m custom building the furniture for the house.
- I am a huge Marquette Basketball fan. We’ve had season tickets for over 12 years.
- I’m a proud husband and father of three!
What makes you a geek?
Geeks like to figure things out, explore, and build – and that’s what I enjoy doing!
What is your favorite part of being a developer?
Banging your head against the wall, problem-solving, and then doing a happy dance.
Describe your style:
Goofy dad, Midwestern – Lands’ End.
Best advice you’ve ever been given:
Don’t feel you need to know something to start something, start and then figure it out as you go.
Take starting a new position for example. Every time you start a new role, you go into the phase that you don’t know anyone and they do things differently (technology, systems)… you start to feel overwhelmed, but it is a stage and you get over it. You just have to get started and then you’ll figure it out as you go until you really grasp everything.
What advice do you have for others who may be interested in working at GeekHive?
Talk to Noreen and see if you have what it takes to be a team member here. GeekHive hires to personality fit and technical expertise, but if you feel like you have the personality to work here and like GeekHive’s culture, the tech can be taught/learned.
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