Welcome to UpKeep — Dave Thomson
Welcoming Dave Thomson to the UpKeep Family!
We’re so excited to welcome Dave to the team this week! Dave is joining us as our Sr. TechOps Engineer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board! Here is our interview with him!
We’re excited to welcome you to the UpKeep family today, Dave! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a father of four kids, 3 boys and 1 girl (youngest). I enjoy spending time with my wife and the kids. I like to teach my kids anything I’ve learned that I think would be interesting to them. They are super curious and I love to encourage their critical thinking. My wife grew up in Brazil and we’ve been married for 13 years and she has been trying to teach me Portuguese for all of them (I’m still learning). I also enjoy playing guitar, mixing music (audio engineering), weight lifting and investing.
How did you first get into TechOps?
I’ve been a Linux Systems Admin/Engineer most of my career and had to build and maintain large infrastructure & services while in these roles. This type of work tends to lead you into a TechOps role anywhere.
Why are you excited to join UpKeep?
I was inspired by the company’s future as well as its stability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming from the entertainment industry, we felt that impact head on and I felt Upkeep made a great fit.
What are your first thoughts about the culture and team so far?
Impressed! So far the onboarding process has blown me away, it’s something that I’ve not witnessed before. The care that goes into making sure someone is successful upon joining the company is a wonderful thing!
Dave, you mentioned how your favorite meals are sushi, steak, and cajun seafood boil! So, we have to know — if you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Sushi because there’s a bit more variety, but if I had to pick one type it would be yellow tail. EPA and DHA for the win!
Finally, and most importantly, what would you be if you were a kitchen utensil?
A can opener! I have a tendency to find hidden problems and sometimes they are like a can of worms once opened.