Here at Glacier Media, our internal agency ecosystem is made up of 150+ folks.

It’s time for another edition of Team GMD Q&A! It’s kind of like Vogue’s 73 Questions. Instead, it’s in blog form and there are less than 10 questions – because you’re busy and we respect your time.


This week on Team GMD we are featuring Tom Laventure, our Software Developer.  Read on to find out more about what makes our resident problem-solver with a pizza-making habit tick.

In a short paragraph, tell us a little bit about your role at Glacier Media. What do you do on a daily basis?

As a Software Developer, I help write, test, debug and manage web applications for both Glacier Media clients, as well as for Glacier Media itself.

 

Expertise:

Full-stack development — I am especially strong with any programming language involving javascript (eg: React, Node js).

 

Hidden talent:

I can make a mean pizza from scratch.

 

Personal kryptonite:

The snacks I buy don’t last me anywhere near as long as they should.

 

What are you currently listening to?

Recently made the switch to Spotify, and based on the music it keeps suggesting, it seems to think French Alt Rock is my thing. I’m not exactly sure where it got this idea, but I’m slowly coming to accept that it might just be right.

 

What keeps you motivated?

I like a challenge, especially one that I can work through in my head. There have been many times when I’ve had a challenging problem, only to solve it while lying in bed trying to fall asleep.

 

Office habit:

Headphones on, shoes off, travel mug filled with tea, and I’m good for the next 8 hours.

 

Two truths one lie:

  1. I have a great sense of direction, even when I’m lost
  2. I’m generally known as someone who doesn’t lose things
  3. I don’t get stressed easily, even when everyone around me is

 

The days are getting longer and the rain seems to be easing up. What are you most excited about for summer in Vancouver?

My sister is getting married this summer! As my mum’s side of the family is both large and Irish Catholic, these things tend to be a big deal.

 

How do you keep your work organized?

I have a system, it’s not something I can really put into words easily, but it seems to be working for me.

 

What’s your side-hustle?

I host a weekly $5 dinner for friends and friends of friends. It has been going on for over two years now, which is crazy to think about, and I even built a simple app to help keep track of attendance and payments. We average around fourteen people a dinner now, but for a while there I had to set a cut off of twenty people, as there is only so much room in my apartment.

 

Favourite quote:

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live” – John Woods

 

LinkedIn profile/ portfolio URL:

www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-laventure