Our large staff of industry experts is ready to serve you. To help you learn a little more about us, we asked our PT colleagues to answer one question: What are one or more things you’re passionate about?
If people can't see how learning will enrich their lives, they're not going to do it. And while the digital age offers more types of learning for more types of people, it also adds a layer of complexity because your message competes against everyone else's. I love the challenge of delivering information in a meaningful way—ultimately winning that competition and enriching lives.
My passion is working as a volunteer Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). I believe that breastfeeding education and public awareness improves maternal and fetal health outcomes and I actively promote the care and wellbeing of families in my local community. One way I do this is by serving as the NC rep for NormalizeBreastfeeding.org, where I coordinate monthly support sessions, manage an annual public awareness event, and provide advocacy for workplace pumping and public breastfeeding.
I love reading anything that reveals something new about the world or human behavior, including mysteries and histories, theology, classic novels, and biographies. I enjoy great films, beautiful music of any genre, and cooking for family and friends. My dreams for the future include extended travel, designing my own house, and finishing my pilot's license. I have a heart for abused and forgotten children, and have volunteered in foster care ministries for almost 20 years.
Rediscovering distance running
I am obsessed with keeping up with new and emerging music, particularly underground hip-hop and indie rock. I have been playing hockey ever since I learned to walk, and I also enjoy skateboarding and writing creatively in my spare time. Steak and cheesecake are two excellent foods that I enjoy eating together or separately.
There are many places on our site where you can learn what we do. Here, we're giving you a glimpse of who we are. Our team has a diverse range of interests outside of work, so instead of asking folks to talk about their jobs, we wanted to highlight some of the many things we're passionate about as individuals.
I'm passionate about my family. My wife and two boys mean the world to me, so it's amazing to watch them excel in their own interests, whether it's music, technology, or sports for the kids, or graduate studies for my wife. I have a growing army of nieces and nephews I'm proud to be uncle to. I also love traveling. While I love NC, I enjoy seeing new places and need to schedule more trips!
Making memories with my two wild and lovable little girls. When I'm not taking part in our daily living room dance parties, I love to read, play the French horn, and watch hockey. My favorite place to be is around the campfire, enjoying great music and the sounds of nature with the people I love.
I am in awe of the human voice, gentle enough to comfort a child, yet powerful enough to ride an orchestra and fill the largest concert hall. Singing is one of my most spiritual activities. Music flows like a river and you must be in the moment. When a chorus "locks", it feels like that voice is you. That's the purest experience of being a part of something bigger than yourself I know.
The outdoors. There's nothing like being there. Especially after being inside in a nice temperature regulated office, eyes focused on screens most of the day. No matter if it's a city park with nice view of the skyline, or a national park far away from it all, I feel at home, inspired, and humbled.
I love going to the N.C. coast with my family. One of our favorite activities is taking our skiff out to Sand Dollar island. Together with our puppy, we spend the morning exploring the island, searching for sand dollars, clamming, and swimming. In the afternoon, we play games, enjoy a picnic, rock in hammocks hung on the sides of the boat, listen to beach music, take pictures, and relax. It's wonderful.
While my work is almost entirely focused on technology, I spend my free time combining technology with art. Photography, travel, and writing are passions that I document on Geek Field Guide. More recently, I've picked up astrophotography, electronics design, and 3D printing as other places to spend brain cycles. Sometimes I remember to sleep.
My passions are spending time with my family and friend family, building loving, challenging, and meaningful relationships. Whether it's rock climbing, video games, or playing guitar, it all goes back to that.
I am passionate about saving the environment and endangered species. One of my favorite places is the Duke Lemur Center. There I can help keep some of the most critically endangered creatures in the world from vanishing. Quiet forests and empty meadows are right up there as favorite places too. And did I mention—lemurs!
Punctuation, popsicles, and the color pink.
A simple meal with great ingredients enjoyed by friends and family is tough to beat. However, when not doing this, any time in the woods with my dog or on the water fishing always puts a smile on my face. I'm trying to develop a true appreciation for all the "little things" in life.
No. When we first announced this page to our staff, we required everyone to participate—a rarity at PT, where we typically only demand 100% participation if it's a requirement for our business operations. But after hearing strong pushback from a few folks, we made participation optional. Some of our staff object to having any digital presence associated with their workplace, and we wanted to respect that preference.
I'm passionate about all things coding, anime, and video games. I'm really into speedrunning and competitive fighting games.
Video games. I've been playing them for as long as I can remember. There's something special about having a wholly interactive entertainment medium that lets you experience such a wide variety of things, from great stories, to fantastical worlds.
I'm a life-long educator. I started as a counselor at the Raleigh YMCA teaching swimming, gymnastics, and citizenship to elementary school kids. I was a public schoolteacher working with special needs students for several years. Now I am working with the learning services team helping companies teach their employees the skills needed to become better stewards of their industry. Helping people find what they need to improve their life is very special to me.
Forged in Brooklyn, polished in Durham.
I am passionate about technology, electric cars, aviation, and anything related to rockets and spacecraft that one day will enable people to live on other planets.
I like gaming and LEDs.
Equality, environmental preservation of Madagascar and the oceans, prehistoric megafauna, fiber arts, trap-neuter-return programs, and watching bad movies with friends.
I love to travel as often as possible. When I'm exploring new places, I always try to sample new foods, go for hikes, go for swims, learn bits and pieces of a new language, talk to strangers, leave only footprints, and take only pictures!
I spend most of my time on the weekends relaxing, spending time with friends, and playing action RPGs—right now, I'm working my way through Westworld and Breath of the Wild on the Switch.
I'm passionate about great writing. There are lots of elements of good writing, all important and interesting to me, but I particularly love reading an evocative phrase that makes me think about something ordinary in a new and extraordinary way. Those moments are what I most want to achieve in my own writing, and what I love finding in the writing of others.
As cliché as it may be as a learning professional, my passion is learning. While I do enjoy learning about just about everything, I'm a cultural anthropologist at heart; I love studying the cultures, traditions, and beliefs of peoples near and far. I consider myself a student of the world and, as such, I am equally as passionate about travel! A life without travel is not one I'd want to live.
I love going to the movie theater, because it makes me feel like I'm living in a different time, when it was such a special luxury to see a movie. It transports me out of my life into a fantasy, made-up Hollywood world. I like TV for the same reason—it takes you away for a little bit, and it lets you feel like you're getting to know the characters as if they're real people.
More than I can list here. Reinventing business, creating companies that put people above profit. Writing, in fiction, non-fiction, and everyday life. Media, from books to movies to music; I constantly crave input. Food, not just haute cuisine, but meals of all sorts: I've flown to Spain for a dinner, but I've also crossed six lanes of traffic to experience a two-for-a-quarter hot dog. And, of course, family and friends, those we choose to love.
We aim to be the best place to work for our staff. Inherent in that mission is respecting their desires. Some folks prefer not to be on camera, and others simply would rather not have their pictures online. Though we asked folks to participate in this page, we didn't force anyone to have a photo; instead, they could choose a color block or a different image to represent themselves.
I love to brighten someone's day, and make them smile. That desire is reflected in most of the things I do, from designing eye-catching collateral for our clients, my vibrant fashion choices, whipping up a delectable treat for our office cook-offs, and illustrating quirky surface patterns for my personal business. Bringing joy to others through my own art fuels my creativity and keeps me motivated.
I joined a gym with close to personal trainer coach-to-student ratio in March. I don't know if I can say I am passionate about it, but it has certainly helped me focus on full-body health and eating cleaner and healthier. I guess you could say I am in a better late than never phase of my life.
The most important thing to me is my kids: my son, Andrew who just graduated from high school and became an Eagle Scout, and my daughter, Addison, who's an extremely creative, artsy ten-year-old. I also enjoy coaching XC and track at Cary High School, and I love music, whether that means going to concerts and festivals or just listening to my record collection at home.
My name is Ticia and I am passionate about people and their stories. I love writing for work and pleasure, and am an information and experience junkie. I'm here to create entertaining and engaging stories that people relate to and learn from. Feed my brain, my soul, or my stomach and magic follows. Interesting fact: I get excited about just about everything that I do.
Travel and music are two of my biggest passions. I love exploring. Whether it's some secluded hiking trail, a huge city, or some ancient ruins, I am happy and content experiencing any and all new places. Music also keeps me going. Not a single day goes by where I don't sing or play an instrument for fun or for church.
I grew up on a farm, and in a lot of ways, I enjoy re-capturing the fun times I had as a kid. I like working with my hands—carpentry, gardening, and caring for my chickens, which my daughter named. My kids work with me, so I can teach them the same things I learned when I was young—that kind of work gives me a sense of peace.
I'm passionate about making the world a better place, experiencing as much of it as I can, conserving its natural resources, and earning the friendship of people I meet along the way. I'm also very passionate about faith, inclusion, coffee, hospitality, empanadas, fitness, all things biology, and doing things the right way.
The one thing I'm passionate about is my daughters. Being their father is an honor and having the privilege to be a part of their lives keeps me grounded. Watching their maturation process is truly amazing and I'm glad to have been chosen by God for that role.
I am incredibly passionate about live music, having played guitar in a country-rock band from 2010-2017. Performing is the best, but I also love going to concerts just as a fan. If Dead and Company are in town, you will likely see me on the lawn! I am also extremely passionate about East Carolina University football. Go Pirates!
The look on someone's face when something new clicks for the first time, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the teamwork and breadth of expertise that go into creating that moment. I enjoy the creativity of cooking and the serenity of yoga. I love long walks with my dog Ollie and my husband Bobby, visiting my family in the Finger Lakes, and watching my beautiful nephews play and grow.
We believe titles limit potential. We want to empower each of our staffers to learn and grow outside the bounds of any one role. Without job titles, some folks have worked in multiple areas at once, while others have transitioned their work organically from testing to graphic design, social media to web development, and more—and PT is better for it.
When I was a kid, my parents used to drop me at the library each week. I'd emerge hours later with a stack of books about as tall as I was, and I usually managed to devour all of them before the next trip. Although I no longer churn through books at anything close to that rate, I'm at my happiest curled up with my dog, a cup of tea, and a good book.
Cycling is the perfect sport—great exercise, expensive equipment, and cool data-gathering devices. My passion for cycling comes instead from the solitude. It's just me, wind in my face, enjoying the serenity of trees and farms, the long vistas of the coast, or the beauty of the mountains. Other cyclists make it the best of both worlds—alone with friends. Cycling is also when I feel closest to God, enjoying the glory of His creation.
My wife and two girls are the driving force behind everything that motivates me. My passion for my family pushes me to do good work, treat others with kindness, and help people whenever I can.
A few of the things I am passionate about are traveling, having new experiences, and making memories with family; photography; bodybuilding; jiu-jitsu; and Krav Maga.
My first passion was swimming. Through it I learned the value of hard work, experienced joy in individual and team success, and ultimately found myself. I will never forget breaking my first state record or spending three summers as a summer league coach. Now I get to pass my love of swimming on to my three young kids. Watching them in the water gives me pure joy, and has even brought tears to my eyes.
Being upside-down. I love doing handstands, AcroYoga, and weight lifting. It's exciting to watch my body progress and be able to perform these cool feats. I am passionate about creating things; baking macaroons, inventing new recipes, wood turning, and developing websites. I love starting with nothing and watching new things blossom. Finally, I am an advocate for mental health—I believe it is important for everyone to respect their brain as much as physical health.
I like traveling, hiking, basketball, and watching football (I'm a Patriots fan). I also like history and archeology.
Like most people, I'm passionate about many personal things, particularly making sure my kids and partner are happy and healthy. And I feel similarly about the Durham community, so I proudly serve as an appointed official on the city of Durham Human Relations Commission, working to achieve racial equity in the community.
I'm probably best known for my passion for baking. Thanks to the willingness of my co-workers to consume my creations, I'm able to bake way more than one person could possibly eat (though I think I will always be slightly ashamed of the amount of butter in my freezer at any given moment). However, I like to think that I'm doing my part to keep up office morale, especially on Monday mornings.
Apart from spending time with my family and friends, you will often find me reading. As a child, trips to the local library every week sparked a passion for reading and learning that led to a degree in English literature. I am also passionate about helping others, whether that is assisting on projects at the office or teaching preschool children at my church.
I've had a life-long love of the outdoors. My main hobby is photography: www.clydebeamer.com Edward Abbey said, "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells...into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles...and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm..."
I am passionate about music, both as a listener and a player. I have been playing music since I was eight years old, when I began taking piano lessons, and have since learned to play a range of other instruments, including guitar, bass, and drums. I also have a collection of hundreds of LPs of a wide variety of genres, from classical to pop to experimental.
I love unicorns and the color pink.
Avid music lover, proud father, enjoys learning about the latest tech and philosophy. I strive to maintain balance in every part of my life except when it comes to vibes (I only like the positive kind). I hope to level up and to continue learning things here at Principled Technologies and have a positive impact.
Winning. I love the thrill of winning. That sounds like George Patton-esque, American football boosterism, but I don't mean it just in the sense of head-to-head competition, though I can't deny I love that too. I'm thinking of a greater game where the goal is finding paths through complex problems to help everyone involved. There's an undeniable sense of satisfaction in understanding a complex problem and coming up with an inclusive answer where everyone wins.
I'm passionate about good design, hiking, French toast, local music, sundresses, decorating my apartment, my growing collection of houseplants, the Tar Heels, the Red Sox, golden retrievers, good pasta, and bad jokes. In my free time, I can be found exploring new places, hanging out with people I love, or painting in my apartment with my cat, Fenway. You can see some of my art, design, and photography on my site, www.JamieWaynickCreative.com!
I am passionate about life, love, and laughter! Life is not guaranteed and often too short to not do what makes you happy, so I like to travel, hike, and look for new things to do always. Love is needed more in this world, and I am blessed with a great family, friends, and coworkers. Laughter is the key to happiness, so I always try to win at life while having fun!
More than anything else, I'm passionate about research and ideas. I enjoy games and sports, but what's more interesting to me is figuring out how they work and how everything fits together.
In addition to my family, I am passionate about the outdoors, and protecting it for future generations. I also have a passion for assisting the children of southern Africa and do so through the charity Reaching a Generation USA. I love to read non-fiction, particularly related to the history of technology. My two favorite accomplishments are canoeing down the Yukon River in Alaska with my son, and riding in a charity bicycle ride across Africa.
I enjoy working on my patio and growing plants and veggies; spending time with family; and playing video games.
I love my family—my husband and my little kiddo are my world. I am passionate about learning new things and exploring nature. I am a movie lover. I love cooking; I always try different types of recipes from different cuisines. I love traveling and my goal is to cover as many countries I can in my lifetime with my family.
One of the many things I love about sound is its power to dictate mood and feeling. It can sharpen fuzzy memories, enrich storytelling, and inspire future action. When I'm not engineering at PT, I'm hanging with my awesome wife and cats. I also play drums in Console Command, a metal band that reimagines video game soundtracks and takes listeners on a nostalgic joyride: https://www.consolecommand.band/
Family and food most likely capture two areas that I am very passionate about. To me, family is the cornerstone that much of your personality, character, and joy are built on. It takes work and focus to be the best you can be for your family and great compassion and understanding to always be supportive! Food gets a nod as I love to create in the culinary arena and share with friends and family.
Dogs > cats. UNC > NC State > Duke. I break for doodles and coffee. Donuts are a necessary evil.
Music is in my blood, passed down from my musical family. My undergraduate degree is in piano. I love everything from Brahms to Van Halen to Esperanza Spalding, from Shirley Horn to New Order to Kendrick Lamar. And, I don't want to be mired in the old; I want to continuously evolve, to seek and find the great and bold, the passion in the new. One of life's greatest gifts is discovering new music.
I love the outdoors, including running, biking, and kayaking. Anything from the beach to the mountains is a great place for me. You will most likely find me on a trail, on the lake, or at the pool!
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