Employee Spotlight: Sam Phinney

Employee Spotlight: Sam Phinney

Sam Phinney
Support Engineer

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

In 1736, my direct descendants were the first settlers of the town I currently live in.

What are one or two hobbies you enjoy?

I love listening to music and playing music. I also play weekly games of Dungeons and Dragons.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself.

I type over 100 words-per-minute.
I'm in a band.
I've written a book.

What's your favorite piece of tech?

While I don't use it in a professional degree, I absolutely love my Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. I am constantly amazed at how this technology has advanced through the years.

Do you prefer in-person or troubleshooting from afar?

While I enjoy doing both, I think I prefer in-person by a hair. It's really nice being able to put a face to the name (and voice!) of the people I work with every day.

Favorite thing about YOUR IT environment.

I love my mechanical keyboard! While it can be a bit "clacky", I'll never go back to a regular keyboard.

What is currently on your desk?

I am rocking a Dunder Mifflin mousepad, with my wireless headset sitting on its rack next to my Latviija mug. I'm surrounded by four monitors, two computers, and a couple Han Solo bobble heads staring at me.

How did you start your career in IT?

I grew up building computers with my parents. I originally was going to university for a different major and got a side gig as a student computer technician. I soon found that I enjoyed going into work for my part-time job more than the classes for my major, so I pursued a full time position and am currently working towards my Bachelor's degree in the IT field.