It’s no secret that CaptionMax adores its staff. We feel extremely lucky to employ such an incredible group of talented, unique and fun individuals. It’s what sets us apart and makes our products the best in the industry. Every once and a while, we like to showcase a particular member of our staff. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about the fabulous people who make CaptionMax faster, better and nicer.
How long have you been working at CaptionMax?
12 years! This was my first job out of college. When people tell you the grass is greener, ignore them.
What do you like most about working at CaptionMax?
I love the variety of things I get to have a hand in and the improvisational nature of starting up a new task or service from scratch. Not knowing anything about anything is both disorienting and invigorating…and learning as you go is rewarding.
What do you do at CaptionMax?
As production staff manager, I have my hand in a bunch of different pots. I’m a video describer, so I write, edit, and voice video description scripts. I’m a manager, so I work with Mel and Lori, our shift supervisors, to make sure things are running smoothly, coordinating hiring and training of new folks, that kind of thing. I qualify and manage a growing staff of transcriptionists who provide us with scripts for captioning. I supervise the video description department. And I try to load the dishwasher when it’s our kitchen duty week, but I’m not very good about it.
What was your least favorite job?
A summer temp gig in college walking around the IBM campus in Rochester as a part of it was under construction. I had an 8-hour shift closing doors that construction crew members had propped open for easy access. They gave me a hardhat and a clipboard, and basically everybody hated me because I looked like some sort of quality control inspector who kept locking them out of the building on their smoke break. After two weeks of dirty looks and miles and miles of pacing across concrete floors, I found an office job.
Where is your favorite place to visit? Why?
Keystone Colorado Ski Resort, specifically the Outback chair lift. It offers accesses to relatively-controlled tree skiing, moguls, and pockets of powder even days after a good snow. There’s nothing quite as magical as that solitary moment when you’re all alone, pulling off perfect turns through moguls that are nestled in little alleys between snow-covered pine trees. It’s like floating and falling and concentrating as hard as you’ve ever concentrated and letting your mind go all at the same time.
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy a good beer, a good book, playing with my two boys, riding my bike, and sleeping.