Posted March 4, 2016 • by Ben Barker
Each week, Continuum spotlights an employee who has gone above and beyond. The spotlight is more than just recognition of the hard work being done at Continuum, but a look into the person behind that work. We find out what our employees do for fun, what their favorite movies are, what their passions are and much more. We also ask them about their experiences working at Continuum and what they like most about their job. Check back each week to find out who made the Employee Spotlight.
This week, John Mandel is being featured!
John is the Senior VP of Engineering at Continuum and brings over 25 years of engineering and management experience to lead Continuum’s 180-person engineering team.
Let's get to know John a little better...
How long have you been working for Continuum? "It will be nine months on March 15th."
How did you hear about Continuum in the first place? "I heard about Continuum from my recruiter, David Freier, who was doing the search for Michael George."
What is your favorite thing about working for Continuum? "I have two. The first is the people. I really enjoy who I work with. The second is the potential we have as a company to continue to grow at an accelerated rate and deliver great value to our partners."
What is your best memory as a Continuum employee? "I have a few, including opening the new Boston office, achieving 50 releases of Continuum RMM, and crossing the 750,000 RMM agent count."
Do you have any fun or funny stories that involve any of your co-workers? "One funny story that many don't know happened during my first week here at Continuum. The eTeam was at an off site at the Endicott House in Dedham, MA which was built in 1934. It is a hotel and conference center. After the first day of meetings we went back to our rooms for about a 30 minute break before dinner. When I tried to leave the room, the dead bolt broke and I was locked in the room with no way out. They had to come and drill out the lock to get me out of the room. I called an eTeam member's cell number and finally reached the person who was working at the hotel for us. That was my first week at Continuum."
What do you look for in a good company? "I look for integrity, honesty, growth potential, strong committed people, and people who are willing to change to grow."
Would you recommend applying at Continuum to a friend? "I have referred people regularly and have hired people from my network."
What is an interesting fact about yourself? "Most people know that I've coached a hockey team with players from age six to 19, including my sons' teams in Acton, MA."
What is your favorite movie? "I'm a Star Wars fan. I saw the Episode IV - A New Hope, the first weekend it came out."
What is your favorite TV show? "I enjoy watching the reality cooking shows with my son who wants to cook."
What do you like to do for fun? "I enjoy going on trips and holiday events with my family and designing/building stuff around my house like my gazebo, decks, patio, etc."
Do you have any pets? What are their names? "We are a Boxer family and our current Boxer is named Titan."
What is your favorite animal? "Dogs are by far my favorite domesticated animal. For wild, I love tigers. Specifically, the White Tiger and the Bengal Tiger."
What kind of music do you like to listen to? "I'm open to many types of music, except music that I can't understand the lyrics to."
Do you play any instruments? "Through high school, I played the trombone and sang in multiple high school choirs. I'm not sure I could hold a tune anymore."
Do you follow/play any sports? If so, which teams/sports? "My favorite sport is American Football and my favorite team is the New England Patriots. After that, it would be hockey and the Boston Bruins. There is no more intense sport than playoff hockey."
If you could travel anywhere on earth to vacation, where would you go? "I have a long bucket list. I always like water to be very close and I love the Caribbean in general. I'm also getting ready to start doing more European locations, as I love the history and architecture of Europe."
If you could have any super power, what would it be? "I would choose the ability to transport myself from here and now to any other time or location. Imagine being able to jump back to great moments in history, or jump ahead into the future."
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Ben is a Boston-based tech marketing expert, and an avid Boston sports fan.
Topics: Employee Spotlight