Employee Spotlight – Will Berry
A new month, a new spotlight- this time on IT Integration Specialist Will Berry. Will has been part of the CU Engage team since July 2020, and we manage to keep him very busy as he manages much of our IT infrastructure as well as troubleshoots any issues with our applications or technologies. He also brings expertise in process efficiency, automation, and redesign to many projects to help bring them to the next level and suggests alternatives that will make some tasks easier on the team. In short, he supports the entire organization and our IT needs.
While he grew up in Florida, Will spent many summers in the backwoods of Georgia. He works with CU Engage out of the Tampa area. Will started his career as Helpdesk support in the manufacturing sector. Prior to that, he worked in multiple industries while in college, including food service, construction, and landscaping. To round out his well-roundedness, Will originally wanted to study Theoretical Physics, in college, but the program wasn’t offered at his University, so he studied computers instead. Not one to abandon that line of thought, Will still reads research articles about quantum mechanics and a few other things he finds interesting.
When Will isn’t solving our IT conundrums, he enjoys solving riddles, problems, and other mysteries. In his spare time, Will likes to work on cars, woodworking, wood carving, and fishing. He also enjoys reading, video games, 3D printing, painting, Dungeons &Dragons, and playing music. It may seem like he has a lot on his plate, but Will is happiest when it is a cool day, it is raining lightly, and he has a good book to read. Sounds good to us! Read on to learn more!
Fun Facts about Will
Q: What do you enjoy most about working here? A: The people. Everyone has a great attitude and are really enthusiastic about collaborating to solve problems or to build something better.
Q: What is on your bucket list? A: Road trip across the continental United States.
Q: What book did you read last? A: Something from the Nightside by Simon Green.
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: Either 4th of July or Halloween. Both have fond memories associated with them.
Q: Is the glass half empty or half full? A: Half-Full.
Q: What is your personal brand? A: Dependable. From a young age, I was taught that if you give your word, keep it. That stays true to this day, both in work and my personal life, people understand that if I say I will do something I will.
Q: What is your definition of success? A: At the end of the day, I can hold my head high knowing I did my best and as a result, I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and can spend time doing things that I enjoy.
Q: What is the best vacation you’ve taken? A: Road trip from New Jersey to Florida.
Q: Are you messy or organized? A: Organized, for the most part.
Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer? A: Hunter.
Q: Advice for new hires? A: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is best to ask them early. Everyone is more than happy to answer or to help you find the answers. They are very keen on collaboration.
Q: What makes you laugh? A: The TV show Psych without fail. Or pun-based humor.
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing? A: Researching a topic I am interested in or looking up 3D prints/techniques.
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery? A: Open my own hobby shop/3D printing as a service business
Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam? A: House of Pain – Jump Around.
Q: What is on the radio in your car? A: Irish Punk, Heavy Metal, or podcasts.
Q: First concert? A: A Local band called St. Valentine’s massacre.
Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it? A: Be better tomorrow than I was today. Some days I succeed, others I fail. But tomorrow is another chance to try again.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Beef Jerky or Mountain Dew.
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Burgers.
Q: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A: Roasted Crickets.
Q: What inspires you? A: Solving a problem or a mystery. The feeling of “aha!” when I find the solution, there is nothing better.
Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? A: Watching Bert Kreisher’s the Cabin on Netflix
Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A: The Belgariad series by David Eddings, I still read it at least once a year to this day.
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be? A: From Harleys and Mullets to Motherboards and Circuits.
Q: What chore do you hate? A: Dusting
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given? A: To not live to fast, wishing away for the weekend. To strive to make every day worthwhile.