Meet the Geek: Jim DeMarco, Director of Training & Development
July 3, 2018
If there’s one rule to working in the tech industry, it’s “Never stop learning.” To that end, we’ve got our very own Director of Training & Development here at GeekHive, and he’s the focus of our latest employee profile. Allow us to introduce Jim DeMarco, our resident expert in all things training related. If a client needs to get up to speed on a new product or adopt a new process, Jim’s the point person who leads the way to successful integration. Let’s find out more about Jim and his job, in the latest installment of Meet the Geek!
Jim DeMarco, The Professional
What can you tell us about your professional background in training?
JIM: I’ve been a professional technology trainer since I first learned how to use a computer. I also became a programmer at the same time. I’ve authored a book on programming Microsoft Excel, “Pro Excel 2007 VBA” (Apress Publishing), as well as numerous articles for print and online.
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy helping people learn about using their computers, whether it’s teaching a business user how to work in Word or Excel, or helping programmers understand technologies.
What skills or talents do you bring to your work at GeekHive?
A love of technology and the ability to break technology down and present it to audiences of all skill levels. I believe learning should be fun and I try to bring an element of spontaneity and humor to any training event.
What is your “sweet spot” at work?
Delivering presentations is my favorite. I’m a musician, so I guess I just like having that audience.
Why do you like your training responsibilities?
Training has been a passion since I got my first “real” job. I became the department power user/developer, then my co-workers suggested I start training people. Between the web, video, and blended training environments, we have many new tools to use to keep training interesting and effective.
What’s your favorite thing about working at GeekHive?
There are so many great things here, starting with the culture: It’s casual yet very professional. I also love being surrounded by so many bright and talented people. Their dedication to doing a great job is impressive! Also, it turns out I already knew a lot of the developers here from my years as a Sitecore trainer.
What accomplishment are you the proudest of?
In 2007, Apress Publishing asked me to write on book on programming Microsoft Excel, an offer I could not refuse.
Jim DeMarco, The Person
Fun fact about Jim:
I’m a rock guitarist who started out in life as a jazz trombonist, and I own a professional recording studio. I play in an original rock band in NYC named Universal Truth Machine, and a classic rock cover band in Orange County named “105.” From time to time, that band adds a singer and does a Rolling Stones tribute show—we’re called The Rolling Bones. Bonus fun fact: My son is the drummer in my NYC-based band.
If you weren’t working in the tech industry, what would you do professionally?
International rock star!
What are some of your interests outside of work?
Music, tennis, travel, antiques.
When did you first realize you loved technology?
Accidentally, when I bought a computer for my kids.
What makes you geek out?
Guitars, amps, recording equipment, pretty much anything to do with music!
No pets…2 kids!
What’s your favorite part of being a parent?
Both kids are grown now, but it was awesome watching them develop skills and talents.
How do you like to spend your Friday nights?
Pizza, beer, and a movie at home. Now on a Saturday night…
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Rock & Roll Dude.
Biggest pet peeve:
Local beer (microbrew).
It’s a toss-up between “The Stand” by Stephen King or “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry–either of which I’l reread every few years. My favorite author, however, is Mark Twain.
Describe your outlook on life: Glass half-empty or Glass half-full?
Philosophy you subscribe to:
Don’t sweat the small stuff…or the big stuff either!
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