Joxel Spotlight – Jerry Vandre

Jerome (Jerry) Vandre joined the Joxel Team over 5 years ago. He has an air of calm, humility, a concern for others and a resolve about him, that is truly genuine. Its these qualities along with his multiple technical skill sets and knowledge which allows him to continue to be a positive influence on our team and with our clients. Now join me in leaning a bit more about Jerry.

What prompted you to go into the Technology/Software Development industry?
The launch of the World Wide Web to the public and the opportunities it presented for communication and information accessed across the World.

How has your previous IT experiences helped you in your role as a Senior Software Developer at The Joxel Group?
I have been in IT for more than 20 years. I started my IT career working on an OS390 Mainframe writing Cobol II and Job Code Language (JCL). I have been “around” for a while. I have served in the roles of Application Developer, Software Architect, Technical Lead and Business Analyst. My experience helps me understand Projects from multiple perspectives which facilitates better understanding when working with colleagues from different knowledge domains/experience.

If you could describe yourself in three words, which three words would you use?
Pragmatic, Resourceful and Tenacious.

How do you unplug?
Riding my Harley Davidson, reading for pleasure and listening to music.

What are three things people do not know about you?
I am interested in Eastern Philosophies.
I love Jazz and Opera.
I make a pretty good White Bean Chicken Chili.

What does integrity mean to you?
“Treat other people with respect: Be honest and provide one’s professional opinion in discussions while respecting the opinions of others”.

What does customer service mean to you?
Listen, ask clarifying questions, and complete tasks in a timely fashion.

If there was one aspect of the Technology/Software Development field, that you could change or fix, what would it be?
I would like to see more time invested in the design of applications. One goal of good application design is to implement flexible solutions that can accommodate changing requirements, simplify maintenance, and ultimately reduce the cost of maintenance.

Thank you, Jerry, for participating in this edition of the Joxel Spotlight. We are truly grateful to have you on our team!