Virtual Secret Santa
We asked, “What brings you joy about the people you work with?” Here are just a few of your answers! We hope these messages re-affirm what you already knew, or that they shine new light on just how much each and every one of you are appreciated around here!
And Happy Holidays!
You are patient and kind. Not just occasionally, all of the time. Most people have to work to respond with kindness, it is just who you are.
You are a front-end developer wizard and I’ve learned a lot from you. You’re also a natural helper/teacher! Thanks for always being willing to help!
He is easy-going and down to help anyone out!!
David brings me joy because of his nonchalantness about his own great intelligence and ability to provide that knowledge to his clients. His laugh and quiet confidence is awesome. Thank you for being you David.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know you more during this pandemic with our walks around Irvington! You are such an encourager and fun person to be around!!
Jacob Briscoe is courteous and personable. When I talk with him I feel like I have his full attention.
So much about Val brings me joy! She is such a strong person, an incredible mom, and works so hard to keep us all up and running. I miss seeing her and hearing her laugh!
He is just contagious! His joy and spirit bring me energy, and so does his laugh! I love how he thinks about me and sends me pictures of what he is doing when he knows I will be jealous 🙂
Tom – what a joy! So friendly! Happy to join in on any discussion. Great to dig into deep topics or just laugh about the craziness of the world. He is a wonderful part of the E-gineering family.
He asks great questions, tells fun stories, and works hard to show people he cares about them.
Linda, puts things into words that I’ve thought or felt or observed, but just didn’t find the words for… and usually in a funny and colorful and memorable way.
Chad Cooper is funny. I like his sense of humor, even zany at times. He’s creative, but you might not pick up on that unless you stop to chat with him.
Ali is a doer. She gets things done efficiently and effectively! She’s a huge asset to any team she’s on! She’s also just super fun! Ever since she came to E-g, my days have been more fun! Grateful to have a friend for life!
Among the most thoughtful people I’ve ever met. Uses her wonderful and diverse talents for others. Wrings herself out for others, never (ever) stops thinking of others. Beautiful combination of boldness and compassion. Hard-working, flexible. Faithful.
His intelligence and ability stick to his principles with his work. His ability to create elegant code that is simple and clean. And because I am a techie, that brings me a lot of joy. Thank you for being you Christian.
Kurt is the epitome of a good leader. He not only leads by example, he gains others respect by being knowledgable and having a take-charge attitude. Also, he’s a good guy.
Jason brings me joy because he comes off with this tough outside, but has a sensitive teddy bear set of emotions. He very much enjoys sharing and helping and making sure you are joyful yourself. Thank you for being you Jason.
Creative Quality! Takes a rock and crafts a diamond from it.
Mike is a great friend. He has a heart for all people, especially those that are in his circle of influence. Always willing reach out to help someone in need or just to give a word of encouragement, even if he doesn’t know they need it.
The friendship and joy you share.
This isn’t Brent’s first rodeo (by far – haha!) but there’s not a shred of arrogance in there about how things should be done at E-g. Very humble, but a great combination of confidence and leadership. I love how Brent leads and facilitates. Truly impressive to watch.
Nathan brings me joy because of his ability to tirelessly provide his client the best awesome high end development and technical troubleshooting and solutions. He has figured out how to put things in perspective and have a whimsy way of dealing with [difficult] demands of this client. I will have more joy when Nathan finds the next opportunity to apply these skills for another client that can appreciate the combination of his architectural skill with the high end technologies he enjoys. Thank you for being you Nathan.
His joy, dependability. And his very unique insight into customers’ (and their users’) needs reveals an astonishingly sharp mind.
So friendly, sharp-minded, thoughtful – exploring the edges of various options for customers and our folks. Principled and faith-filled which drives how he thinks, speaks, and acts. Dependable, and very joyful.
She is one of the friendliest people I know. She takes a personal interest in each of us and makes time to have brief (but personal and genuine) conversations with us all.
I’m a big fan of Jason’s wry sense of humor and how well he fits EG.
It seems like your mind is always working to make the world better, either through your code or your interactions with others.
Ryan Hand might come across as sort of quiet but he is business savvy. He seemed like a kid himself when he was making memories by jumping with his son at SkyZone.
I appreciate your flexibility when our clients’ priorities change, your ability to jump in and help in so many different areas of a project, your ninja-level problem-solving skills, your consistently calm approach (even when situations feel chaotic), and most of all what a great teammate you are to your fellow E-gineers.
You are one of the nicest people I know! The mix of your skillset and humility is rare and a huge asset to the company!
Wendall is a patient Dad. You can see his intelligence and wisdom is being passed to his children. He’s creative and kind.
Mahmood laughs easily. He’s wise for his age. He’s strong in character and perseveres to completion. He’s a good son. He convinced a lovely young woman to be his wife- what a pair!
You are such a joyful person. You always try to make everyone feel at home from the minute that you meet them. Your hearty laugh just draws them in.
Evan is quietly brilliant. He is diligent and works through problems. I think he’s courageous and brave, more than he might believe about himself. He’s creative. I see him when he’s concentrating, but when he smiles it’s like sunshine breaking through clouds.
I love the laid back, good natured humor Jeff brings whenever he’s around.
Your persistence and diligence in achieving a quality result, and in providing the best solution for the client that is not only functional, but also practical and supportable. Your willingness to patiently and effectively train new team members, even when new teammates are constantly added practically every month. Your patient explanations to me as BA and SM so that I can understand what our technical options are and also to learn more about the product and some of the technology.
Your diligence and solid work ethic, and your friendly personality. You are willing to jump in and learn and adapt and contribute very quickly to an existing team. Your positive and friendly demeanor is much appreciated at work, where caring and helping with problem solving helps a lot.
The guy who can talk to ANYONE. So smart and relatable. Miss having chats around the office with you.
Courtland is one of the kindest people I know. Always willing to drop whatever it is he’s doing to help someone else.
I love how Courtney keeps on keeping on. It’s inspiring and reveals a huge heart and motor driven by such a strong faith.
Kala is courageous! Give her a challenge and she’ll conquer it- whether learning a new recipe for something simple, like, oh I don’t know….macaroons!?!!!!! or learning something new like…..sewing. She’s a great mom. She’s always looking out for her family.
Hard working, determined. Heart bigger than the seven seas. Sharpest tool in the drawer. Driven – but compassionate, patient, and graceful. Seemingly tireless. A very good teacher, mentor, and friend.
Dedicated- yes to work, but also to family and faith. Like an oak tree- majestic and strong.
Mike thinks things through. So when he offers a solution you can bet it’s a good one. It’s easy to see he loves and enjoys his wife and daughter.
Brad Komgenick is patient; he is kind. He’s a patient listener, let’s you finish your thought even if he probably knows what you’re going to say already. He’s committed to his family. He smiles a lot when he talks about the book ministry he serves with for families at Riley Children’s Hospital.
You are always willing to help and give advice, I love that quality about you! You’re kindness and humbleness does not go unnoticed!
Your positive, can-do attitude, and willingness to jump in and help and learn things. Your professionalism in the way you collect and present data to the team. Your effective way of asking questions and investigating issues that you uncover during testing. And, your cat Roger! Such a handsome cat. 🙂
Nikki, has a compassionate heart for people. She is steadfast and true. While she might a tintsey bit hesitant over a new idea, she’s game to try something new- and always pull it off fabulously!
Sarah brings me so much joy! She does so much for us behind the scenes. This year has been so different and challenging; I really admire her perseverance and her willingness to adapt in a strange situation. She is kind, thoughtful, and I know she misses E-g so much. Looking forward to the day we can all be together again. It’s gonna be amazing.
I really appreciate James’ attitude and heart. He focuses on positives and always asks how others are doing. The world needs hopeful, thoughtful people like James.
We felt an immediate impact as soon as Mark joined the E-gineering team. I’m grateful for Mark’s conscientiousness toward the client, as well as his commitment to excellence. He instantly fit into the E-g family! Thank you, Mark! And Merry Christmas!
You are such a great organizer and encourager! Any team you’re on benefits from your people skills. I love working with you!
I love your sense of humor and can do it attitude! You are respected by so many people, and you probably don’t even know it! Never change!
Your positive attitude and your laid-back demeanor. It is good to have a tester who has an eye for detail and a pursuit of quality, while putting things into perspective and knowing which bugs/issues are more important than others, and being willing to adapt and problem solve with developers and BA.
You have a calm, yet alert and “on top of things” demeanor that is excellent to be around!
The joy you choose as you perform your work.
Sam’s willingness to try new things – Indy Aquatic Masters!
Honestly, I just really miss seeing him around! Always cheerful and willing to chat.
You’re one of the smartest people I’ve worked with. And, you’re a person that brings peace to the room you are in.
I love your passion for people and community and appreciate the small conversations we’ve had in regards to that!
Besides being a very intelligent and gifted developer, John is funny and fun. He has a great laugh, and rolls with the punches- good abilities to have with his family. I once saw him dance with his wife- he only had eyes for her. Love that!
Your contagious smile and positive, effervescent personality, along with your witty puns. Your positivity is very uplifting and encouraging!
You may be new to E-g, but you are a perfect fit. You are humble and yet, ambitious without being aggressive. Cannot wait for everyone to get to know you.
You take on new challenges with realistic confidence (and have a great success rate to boot)!
Andy’s patience, kindness, and dedication bring me joy! Andy does so much for E-g and cares for our people so well. I am very thankful for Andy’s kindness and his attention to detail. He brings something very special to E-g! So thankful for you, Andy!
He’s always good at showing he cares and listening well to people’s concerns and stories.
Gregg is a joy to be around. He’s the kind of guy you can count on, and he always brings something interesting to the conversation.
You can always find some common ground with Theo. He brings a lot to any conversation he’s a part of, and it’s always interesting to hear what latest hobby project he’s working on.
Matt is just a good guy. He’s good at what he does and is just an all around great person to know. He’s very passionate about the things he does, and it shows.
He’s a great leader, works hard to include everyone, and checks in on people to make sure they’re doing well.
You listen so well… I think you know what I say better than I know what I say.
It’s been many moons since I last hung out with Joe, but he holds a special place in my heart for helping me think in new ways about my faith. I really appreciate all the great conversations we’ve had. I also really love how mentally organized Joe is. He’s a very clear thinker and I’ve also benefited from watching how he works. I also know he’s a great Dad!
You get to business quick and to the point. Then, when there is time and you talk about your interests, it is awesome to hear your knowledge!
He always shows he cares about people by frequently checking in, paying close attention to what people say, keeping up on what’s going on, and showing empathy.
This guy has it all in his toolkit… a full stack developer who can architect, code, deploy, and speak the client’s language. And even if he says, “No. That can’t be done.” – he will find a way to do it. Very witty and quick to compliment his team mates.
I don’t think you can find a kinder, gentler person than Doru! I leave every conversation with Doru feeling more grounded and inspired by the care he takes in his conversations and how he is such a great listener.
Don brings me joy because he goes out of his way to make sure he is helping others. He does this mostly behind the scenes. All the time, he is humble in his actions and does not get all the credit he deserves. Thank you for being you Don.
You lift those around you up, even when you are the one that may need lifting.
I admire his deep technical expertise in many areas, his quick wit and confidence.
Steady, principled, faith-filled. Quietly inspiring in the one-on-one way. Very understanding and grace-filled. Natural mentor. Curious combination of compassion and competitor. Great conversationalist. Very fun to be around.
Juan has such a servant’s heart! Not only that he’s great at fixing things. So when he helps or serves you can count on it being done right, well, and with a joyful spirit.
Brian Van Pelt
If there is anyone that represents how E-gineering serves it’s clients, it’s Brian VP! A leader is responsible and humble, and Brian models this every day. All the clients love him, and we at E-g surely do too! Thank you, Brian for your character and your technical expertise! We love you! Merry Christmas!
Brenda is very insightful, she thinks mosaically…..she sees the big picture made out of the little pieces. I always learn something when I talk with Brenda. And who could maintain a grump with that infectious laugh (oh, not a good term in 2020?).
Dude, you are so creative and experimental. Your DIYs are way beyond anything I could ever do, but I am so impressed by your enthusiasm to just try.
Love your loyalty to your friends, your colleagues, your work, and your clients! You are an asset to any team you are on!
I love how Todd has found a way to be himself and introduce/facilitate some great things at E-g.
Ben is a great man. He is always willing to help when you have a problem. Has the heart of a teacher, so he will help you learn so you don’t run into the same problem. Always has a smile for you.