Hey everyone! Meet Alanna Larson. Alanna is another one of the super cool people who work at Language I/O (this company just has a lot of cool people at it, you should check them out).
Alanna comes from Minnesota originally, but she moved to Laramie in 2010 (because our awesome schools are less expensive.) She loves the perfect summer weather here, and the lack of bugs – in Minnesota the mosquitos eat people alive the second they walk out the door! Alanna’s love of summer weather is probably what prompted her to live in a truck camper this past summer. (How cool is that?!)
Heather Shoemaker is one of the managing partners of a local technology company here in Cheyenne. The company is headquartered in our sister building next door, The Majestic Building, and Heather, along with the rest of the team, has memberships here at The Second Floor at the Paramount. We asked her a few questions so we could get to know all of her awesomeness – here are her answers:
SF: Tell us a little bit about yourself – any general info will do, but here are some ideas: Where are you from originally? How long have you been in Cheyenne? Do you have any fun hobbies outside of work?
Heather: I was born and grew up in Alaska but I have lived in various places around the “lower 48” and Mexico including Seattle, Washington; Lansing, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Mexico City – and now Cheyenne. I’m married and have two daughters, one is a sophomore at East High School and the other is a 4th grader at St. Mary’s. My daughters and I all like to rock climb together. This is where living only 20 minutes from Vedauwoo comes in really handy. BTW – I’m trying to get LCCC to re-start their spring rock climbing course so we can get access to that awesome climbing wall during the cold months so contact me if you are interested in taking a rock climbing course! We need at least 15 people before they’ll restart it. I’m vegan – for the animals – and I love to cook. I have a famous pesto cauliflower rice that I need to bring in sometime. (Yes, please!) I’m an avid science fiction / fantasy reader. I recommend “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers. The sequel is awesome too. Oh and I love to knit!
SF: Tell us a bit about your work – i.e. How did you get the idea for it/how did you get started in your particular field? What are your goals/aspirations for it over the next few years? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Heather: I graduated from the other UW – University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Latin American Studies and worked as a newspaper reporter for a while after graduation. I got sick of ambulance chasing + low pay and had been reading lots of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, so computer science looked pretty promising. I enrolled as a grad student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, College of Engineering and I wound up loving my computer science classes. Post graduation I worked as a software developer at all kinds of companies including startups and huge corporations. In 2010, I found myself in a job I didn’t like – at a 30,000 person company. My dislike was mostly owed to the corporate politics and the fact that I had to drive to the Denver Tech Center one day a week. So, I said goodbye to the great pay in favor of quality of life and started a technology company here in Cheyenne – Cheyenne Technology. CT did great and was focused on software development contracting in Wyoming. During that time a colleague from a previous company and I got the idea to create a software product that enabled multilingual support within Client Relationship Management (CRM) platforms. We called our company/product Language I/O. It took off and I had to make a decision to focus on either Cheyenne Technology or Language I/O. I decided the software product model in LIO had more of a future so I sold Cheyenne Technology in 2017 and am now 100% focused on LIO. (Wow, that is an awesome resume and startup story!!)
SF: And, if you don’t mind, it would be great if you could elaborate on how you utilize our space here on The Second Floor. No pressure, though. We are perfectly happy posting just about you and your business.
Heather: We use the co-working space for meetings and a change of scenery from our office next door in the Majestic Building. Of the 10 employees, four of us work regularly out of these offices. The rest are scattered around the country. We’ve only been here a week but so far we love the energy, the space, the big windows … I could go on. The co-working space is awesome as well. (Lol, we are glad you are enjoying your office space and the coworking space. We are super happy to have you join us!!)
Happy New Year 2018!!
January 1st marks the beginning of a new year, a blank slate to fill with adventures and experiences and memories. We hope yours are amazing!
The Second Floor at the Paramount wishes you and your family peace and joy during this holiday season!
This week I would like you to meet Lindsey Stutheit. She is one of the great people on staff at Array School of Technology and Design. Whenever you see her around our coworking space, she always is smiling and has something positive to say. Here is her “interview”:
SF: I have been running a series of member spotlight blog posts on our blog, and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions. (Prepare yourself for fame and fortune !!)
Lindsey: I am totally prepared. I prefer fortune over fame just so you know. I totally get if you can’t control the order. 😀 (I will do my best Lindsey!!)
SF: Tell us a little bit about yourself – any general info will do, but here are some ideas: where are you from originally? How long have you been in Cheyenne? Do you have any fun hobbies outside of work?
Lindsey: I am originally from Texas but have lived in Wyoming for close to ten years. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in Textiles and Merchandising and then with a master’s in Adult Education Administration. I love talking about education, connecting education with employment, and working with students to find their passions through career pathways.
When I’m not working, I enjoy being creative through writing, cooking, interior design, and other art projects. I enjoy hiking with my two pups, traveling with my husband, and spending the rest of my free time putting up with my jerk cat.
SF: Tell us a bit about your organization – i.e. how did you get involved with Array? What are your goals/aspirations for it over the next few years? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Lindsey: Array is an exciting place to work for someone like me. I love the opportunity to connect students to a career path in technology. I also really enjoy collaborating with industry partners, K-12, and other community members to make the education to workforce pipeline as smooth and beneficial as possible. It is really rewarding to help people connect to opportunities they care about. I hope the next year allows me more opportunities to do this, as well as refine our education systems as we continue to grow.
SF: And, if you don’t mind, it would be great if you could elaborate on how you utilize our space here on The Second Floor.
Lindsey: I really enjoy working at The Second Floor as it allows so many different areas to work and connect with people. I love that I can be completely alone in the huddle room, down working on a couch, or up in my office. It is also really beneficial when we have guests at Array. The Second Floor provides such a welcoming environment, and I feel very proud to welcome to introduce people to our the atmosphere and culture. The Second Floor is such a great place to meet new people, to work, and to feel connected.
It is definitely that time of year where I usually run around trying to find the perfect gifts for my friends and family. I have found it can be stressful as you work to find the perfect gift for certain family members (everyone has one or two that are super hard to buy for). I have had many years where this stress almost overwhelmed the joy I get from hunting for and finding the perfect presents. If you are anything like me, you have dealt with this before as well.
I have three teenagers – currently 15, 16, and 17, and I have learned that as they age, their Christmas lists seems to be shorter and shorter and consist of higher priced items. Lately, their Christmas lists consist of cars, laptops, and cell phones. While these are completely normal Christmas lists when you are that age, they are not items we are going to just buy for our kids. The stress it was causing for my husband and I to pick out that perfect gift was turning me into a Grinch! As a result, two years ago I decided we would start doing things a little differently with our Christmas.
In 2016, we added our basic Christmas budget to everyone’s birthday budget throughout the family, which allowed us to give gifts the boys truly enjoyed for their birthdays. We did not give gifts to anyone in our immediate or extended family that Christmas. I did prepare stockings for everyone in my immediate family (because who doesn’t get excited to find a sock filled with awesome stuff at the end of their bed on Christmas morning? I certainly do!) Outside of our stockings, we used our Christmas budget to bless someone outside our family with something they couldn’t afford. We each sponsored someone else’s Christmas with what would have been our individual budget. Our whole family found that to be rather rewarding.
This year, we have decided we are going to switch things up again. Instead of exchanging presents, we are going to buy experiences. For all of our nieces and nephews, siblings, and parents, we looked up places for them to go and spend time with their family (and asked for them to take pictures to send to us when they did.) For our immediate family, we pooled our Christmas budget again and are going to spend the last weekend in December doing stuff together as a family. We will make memories with different activities that were picked out to highlight each individual’s interests. I know that my boys will be moving out sooner than I realize (and that the time will fly by until then), so I want to make memories that we can all think back on.
I can say it feels very freeing to let go of materialism for the holidays and find different ways to celebrate this season. Do you celebrate Christmas with different traditions than the typical American family?
This week, let me introduce you to Susan Kanten!
Susan is our newest member here at The Second Floor. She is originally from the very northern part of California, but she has lived in Cheyenne for twelve year now. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband (who works for Cheyenne Fire and Rescue) and 9 year old son.
I asked Susan to tell us a little about her work – this is what she said:
“I work for Technology Partnership Group (TechPG) which is based out of Indianapolis, IN. TechPG has software called EnABLE which is used for public entities as a grant, loan and bond management system. The system is also used for economic development. I am a Senior Business Analyst for the company and frequently travel to our clients to determine how their current business process will work with the new software, help configure the system and provide training. While working for the State for 7 years I had the opportunity to be involved in software conversion projects which is where I found I had an interest in this type of work. I enjoy being able to travel and having new challenges with each new client I work with.”
Susan utilizes The Second Floor as a change of scenery from her home office and to get away from the distractions of working from home.
“I look forward to continuing to use the space, meet the other members and see how else I can use the space for my work.”
We love having you around Susan!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! It is said that the more thankful you are, the happier you are. If you focus on the good things in your life, no matter how small they are, it keeps your focus on what makes you happy. I am thankful for the great community of people I work with every day. They are always here to give advice, a listening ear, or an uplifting word. It truly makes your work day better when you have such fantastic support surrounding you.
What are you thankful for today?
We have another member spotlight for you this week. Meet Jaime Davis.
Jaime relocated to Wyoming in 2014 from Boise, Idaho with her husband, Joshua. This Alaskan native ended up purchasing a little house on a corner lot with beautiful trees, and adopted two dogs: Elijah, a pit bull, boxer mix; and Lily, a black lab, shepherd mix. Jaime enjoys music and the arts in addition to her full time job in the field of education.
“I enjoy music and the arts, and was recently gifted a piano. I used to play, and even taught lessons for several years, so I’m thrilled to have music back in my home! In my spare time, I can be found in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for friends and family to enjoy.”
<<<< We think she should start sharing her culinary masterpieces with the rest of us!!>>>>
Jaime utilizes our wonderful space at The Second Floor first for her “day job”, a role with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) where she oversees academic operations, curriculum development, and student outcomes for sixteen campuses in five of the western states. In addition, she uses the space to house files, manage projects, and maintain a business environment separate from her house.
In addition to her day job, she also is the President of Beacon Harbor Services, an organization that offers speaking and training services for organizations across the country in areas related to leadership, customer service and retention, and conflict resolution.
She says “The benefit [of being at The Second Floor] for me has been four-fold. One, the office space. Two, maintaining a network within my community and building new friendships with other office mates; this has been particularly important for me since my work is often out of town and I don’t have the same opportunities to connect within my community during the work week. Three, collaboration on projects for my “side business”, including idea generation regarding business name, setup, logo, website, and other details. Four, the use of the conference rooms for meetings when needed, including board meetings for two local charities I serve with. I love the camaraderie and support of my Second Floor friends!”
<<Jaime, we think you are awesome and we are glad to have you as part of the community!>>
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