August 8 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Andy Yanok

This is the seventh post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Andy is a senior application developer at Squirrels. He was raised in Canal Fulton, Ohio and works on a bit of everything in development. He is well versed in iOS, Mac and Windows development. He can jump around and assist in application UI or work on the backend of Squirrels applications.

Andy has done a lot of cool things at Squirrels, but he mostly loves the uniqueness of the software and applications he is working with. “ Working on new and innovative technologies, not many developers get the opportunity to work on software that evolves as our software does,” he said. 

According to Andy, “The best part about working at Squirrels is working on software that so many people use.  Also, constantly learning new things.  I was once simply an ‘iOS developer’ now I’m a software developer. I constantly get to learn new software platforms and OS’s.”

Learn more about Andy!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Playing video games, watching TV with my wife, running.

Favorite food: Chipotle Burrito

TV show: NFL Football

Movie: Ghostbusters

Band/artist: Beck

Your idol and why: My mother.  She has all the traits and personality that I strive to have but can’t always replicate.

Your motto: “Oh wiwi?”

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Mountain Lion, because they thug.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Baseball player (we see how that ended up).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

August 7 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Development Team

It’s almost time to meet the Squirrels development team! Stay tuned tomorrow to meet senior Developer, Andy Yanok.

Want to meet more of the team? Read more in this series.

August 1 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Matt Becker

This is the sixth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

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Matt Becker is from Bolivar, Ohio. Along with being a partner, he is the company’s project manager. Matt takes great pride in the software development process from start to finish; he creates an efficient work environment that allows the team to work together and succeed, turns product visions and new features into a reality by monitoring product design goals and staying true to the initial vision and then ensures that Squirrels’ offerings meet customer needs.

When asked about the coolest thing he’s ever done at Squirrels, Matt said, “It’s really hard to say one thing was cooler than something else because we’ve been able to positively affect so many people by doing what we love to do. I’ve been able to contribute simply by being passionate and by trying to be a great leader. Being given an opportunity to do this is without a doubt the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Matt’s favorite part of working at Squirrels is not feeling like he’s at work. “I never wake up and think to myself, ‘I’m not in the mood to work today.’ I’m surrounded by an awesome team that is capable of doing awesome things.”

Learn more about Matt Becker!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Drives to nowhere, learning new and crazy things (I’m currently learning how to assemble my own guitar effects pedals), basically trying to not have free time.

Favorite food: Pita chips and vegetables with hummus

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones (unless NBA Basketball counts)

Favorite Movie: I count Star Wars Episodes IV - VI as one movie, because that’s how I watch them.

Favorite Band/Artist: I don’t have a favorite band/artist, but some of my favorite music genres are Trip-Hop, Downtempo and Post-Rock.

Your idol and why: Over the years, I’ve had a number of idols and people whom I’ve looked up to. But Steve Jobs is always on that list and usually very near the top. The way that he was able to productize something that was considered to be too nerdy or too techy, is something that I continue to try to understand.

Your motto: I’ve always told myself and others, “Do awesome things.” I’ll probably be using this more after seeing James Whittaker (@docjamesw) speak a couple times at a conference that I recently attended.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Some sort of exotic bird, like a Macaw. To live in a jungle, fly around in the canopies, be generally beautiful and majestic… that sounds like a pretty good life.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Up until I was about 16, I was convinced I was going to be a touring musician in a rock band. THAT… did not happen. 

If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s not a “super power” per se, but if I could be adept in using the power of The Force, I’d be very satisfied.

July 25 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Cory Shoaf

This is the fifth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

A native of Bolivar, Ohio, Cory is a partner of the company as well as the creative director and UI designer. Cory makes sure all of the departments have what they need to do their job with the most appealing imagery and design assets.

In Cory’s opinion, the best part about working at Squirrels is the people. “I believe there isn’t another company with the same personality and drive as what we have at Squirrels,” he said. “I love everyone here and it feels like a big family. When you have such a great community of people all striving towards the same goal, you can really create some great things.”

The company retreat to Lake Tahoe last year was Cory’s coolest experience at Squirrels (so far!). “It was an experience where everyone from the company was able to converse, share stories, think of new strategies and have a blast doing so.”

Learn more about Cory!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I love to play golf, mess around on various musical instruments and design icons in my spare time.

Favorite food: Pizza

TV show: Game of Thrones

Band/artist: Daft Punk

 Your idol and why: My Dad. He has always been an encouragement to me and I look up to him for advice and sometimes a good laugh.

Your motto: Party on.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Dog. Dogs have the best existence.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to play baseball for the Cleveland Indians. I would practice in the back yard pretending to hit home runs at Jacob’s Field (now Progressive field).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to see the future… an oracle if you will.

July 21 , 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Sidney Keith

This is the fourth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Sid came to Squirrels from Mineral City, Ohio. As one of the company’s partners, Sid wears many hats. A lot of the work he does stems from his degree in public relations: social media, syndicating press releases, business development, people management, sales, attending conferences and much more.

The coolest thing Sid has done at Squirrels was start it! “When Squirrels was first coming about, there were late, late, late nights at the office,” he said.  “I was still in college, so I would go out on a Friday night and come back after the bars closed to answer emails and work on things. Starting something from nothing has definitely been a pretty cool experience.”

Being a part of the beginning has given Sid the chance to fully appreciate what Squirrels is today. “Squirrels has become much more than a job. The people here are like family. Coming to work isn’t working. Sure, we get things done, but we’re having fun while we do it, and I enjoy it. I don’t dread coming in every morning because I get to see and be with people who are passionate and care about what we’re doing.“

Learn more about Sid!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I really enjoy hanging out with friends. Often times it’s the same people I work with. It really doesn’t matter what we do—barbecuing, bowling, going out on the town, going to the beach, etc.

Favorite food: I love grilled burgers and hot dogs, and I wear my Taylor Swift apron while I grill. Can’t get much more American than that, right?

TV show: Until last year, my favorite series was Californication on Showtime…. and then I watched Game of Thrones. Now I own Game of Thrones cups, blankets, paintings, maps, board games, card games and Blu-rays. I think you get it.

Band/artist: I listen to all kinds of music, so I can’t say I like Eric Church more than Taking Back Sunday because it’s comparing Apples and Oranges. My favorite music changes daily depending on mood, situation, location, etc. You’ll find me listening to the top 40, rap, 60s/70s/80s, alternative, house… the list goes on. I should say that I have every Taking Back Sunday and Taylor Swift album autographed and hanging on my wall.

Movie: Favorite movies are the same as music. My Blu-ray collection is 300 strong and still growing!

Your motto: A book I read in high school had a main character that lived by the motto “What’s life without risks?” I like to go by that, but a bit more toned down. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A turtle, but not just any turtle. Crush from Finding Nemo. Why? He’s chill and wise. He seems like he knows everything about the world (ocean?) but still doesn’t have a care. Also, who doesn’t like sea turtles?!

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a train engineer. Trains are awesome! When I was younger, I always made my mom take me to train museums and buy me model train sets. I had a really cool model set with tunnels, mountains, roads and all kinds of other stuff. This past January I drug my girlfriend to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and it was awesome. I actually think I would still do it—even if trains are a thing of the past.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying! I hate flying commercially. It’s slow, inefficient, crowded, unhealthy, whatever. It’s a pain. I can see it now: no sitting in traffic, going through TSA check points, sitting next to toddlers or sweaty sick people. It would be great, and super efficient! No more red-eye flights home from Vegas!

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