Posted July 22, 2016 • by Alicia Lazzaro
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, Tyrone Simmons is being featured!
Tyrone is a Level 2 Technical Support Engineer working in the Houston R1Soft office and has been with the company for two years!
Let's get to know Tyrone a little better...
What is your favorite thing about working for Continuum? "It's a very good atmosphere to work in."
What is your best memory as a Continuum employee? "When we were first acquired and we had a party at Rainbow Lodge. I remember that Michael George came up to me and said help me make R1soft great' and shook my hand. I also got to eat steak with Steve Cardillo and Raymond Chow."
What is one skill you have acquired since starting at Continuum? "How to dodge a nerf gun."
Do you have any fun/funny stories that involve any of your co-workers? "David Stewart decided that I should be called Sweet T. After weeks of fighting a harsh battle to stop the name from picking up steam, I was finally defeated. Michael Levar found out (thanks to Tracy Koch meddling) that it was National Sweet Tea day June 10th. He waited till I left the office for lunch and proceed to place pictures of iced tea all around my cubicle. I finally decided to just go with. Now they all call me Sweet T."
What do you look for in a good company? "Nerf guns. I look for the nerf guns. If there are no nerf guns, I walk away. I also look for a good work community. I’m a people person, so being able to get along with the people in my work environment is a must. Good benefits count too I guess."
Would you recommend applying at Continuum to a friend? "I would."
What is an interesting fact about yourself? "I'm a military 'brat.' I'm very proud of my dad's service in the military."
What is your favorite movie? "It's a tie between LadyHawke and Weird Science."
What is your favorite TV show? "Doctor Who."
What do you like to do for fun? "Karaoke, reading, video games, exploring Houston, eating, smoking cigars."
What is your hidden talent? "I write poetry. Here is a poem I wrote:
I stumble upon a little pond
teeming with life and growth
In days past I would often play
long hours forgotten by it's shore
my reflection at these times youthful
My dad gave me his wisdom
and I used it to fish with
languishing in quiet conversation
as the insects made the pond ripple
my reflection less boyish then
The pond grew larger still
as such things often will
the salamanders playing around
unoffeneded by infrequent visits
my reflection often looking lost
Now the pond has seen it's last days
It's children all moved away
alone it sits and reflects
to this my rigid bones return
My reflection at this time youthful”
Do you have any pets? What are their names? "I have a cat named Kali (pronounced like the name of the Hindu goddess) and a god named Shandril."
What is your favorite animal? "Mongoose (I loved the book and cartoon 'Riki Tiki Tavi' when I was a child)."
What kind of music do you like to listen to? "I listen to a little bit of everything from Drum and Base to classic Rock n Roll. My go to is Jazz though."
Do you play any instruments? "I used to play Tenor Sax. I play a little piano."
Do you follow/play any sports? If so, which teams/sports? "I don't really follow any sports. I do play pool (Yes, it's a sport. It's on ESPN)."
If you could travel anywhere on earth to vacation, where would you go? "I would love to visit Ireland and Japan."
What is your go-to karaoke song? "Don't Go Away by Oasis."
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? "Telekenesis because it's versatile. You can use it to fly, create shields, pick up stuff and interact with the world in ways you normally couldn't."
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Alicia Lazzaro is part of Continuum's Web Team as an Interactive Web Marketing Specialist. She graduated from Emerson College with an individually designed major incorporating the fields of marketing, publishing and journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston, binge-watching Netflix and cooking.
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