Meet Joe Ryan
This is Joe.
This is the awesome building on the main drag of Uptown Charlotte where Joe works. It's a mid-rise, whatever that is. But it's shiny and houses the fabulous Skookum Digital Works where Joe makes a salary being a tech expert or something.
Joe is the head of Quality Assurance at SDW. In order to make sure every piece of custom software that rolls out of here is cool and sweet, every day, Joe and his team break things. He's an expert breaker-man, essentially.
That's Joe above on the 15th floor SDW Cafe. Beyond, he's looking at the arena for the professional basketball team which is just several blocks away.
In Joe's hand is a piece of healthy fruit from the freshly stocked kitchen. Lame HR organizations list fresh fruit as a "perk" in brochures. Probably tri-folded, printed ones. Joe just calls his fruit "tasty."
This is where Joe’s office is at the tippy top of the shiny, mid-rise thing. Michael Jordan and Cam Newton have penthouses in the building outside Joe’s window. Joe literally looks down on His Airness. Nice work so far, Joe.
This is Joe's view of the penthouses. Looks like a work in progress. Someday MJ and Cam will get it together. Someday.
If Joe walks two blocks south of his office, Joe will see the fancy new, Romare Bearden Park. It was built with tax money that Joe pays because of his great job at SDW. Joe partially owns this park.
From the lush green grass of the new park, Joe can see the brand new BB&T Ballpark. This time next year, the AAA Charlotte Knights will be playing there—within walking distance of Joe's work—instead of far away Fort Mill, SC.
From the view of the fancy new Uptown CLT park that Joe partially owns because he is a software expert, to the left, Joe can see Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Just like baseball and basketball, football (American) is just a five-minute walk from Joe’s office.
Joe's Panther Tailgate
Turns out, Charlotte area software expert Joe Ryan runs a huge, open-to-all, free tailgate (donation suggested). This is Joe’s Panther Tailgate Party. Some say this makes Joe a Superfan, others say that he’s just a goodie-goodie trying collect $25,000 per season for a notable charity that is probably saving kids or dolphins or something.
These are two of Joe’s coworkers looking cordial. See those smiles; they’re genuine (or look it anyway). Everyone at SDW can stand each other so much, they’ll hang out at things together. Like Joe’s Tailgate.
It helps that there’s beer.
That black van on the right is Joe's. After the tailgate party (and the football game) lots of other fans are going to their cars and driving home, but Joe has one more surprise. He walked to the game (or could have if he didn't have kegs to transport).
Joe lives so close to football, baseball, basketball, and work that he walks or bicycles around town. What is this, New York City?! [ed. note: Charlotte is not New York City.]
Why You Want to Be Software Expert Joe Ryan and Live in Charlotte, North Carolina:
Do we feel like we know Joe? Lets review.
Joe has a sweet technology job breaking software in order to see it fixed.
Joe can walk to work and/or sports and/or parks in beautiful Uptown Charlotte.
Joe is either a Superfan or a Goodie-Goodie disguised as a Superfan.
Joe hosts one hell of a tailgating party, maybe the best one in the world.
Joe’s sweet job comes with cool and fun coworkers who like beer.
Joe looks down upon the best basketball player ever.
Because of his job at Charlotte software company SDW, Joe owns part of a park.
So, we've established that Joe is one lucky guy. We’re really happy that he’s here at SDW. Would you like to be happy, too? We can help.