The Faces of Point2 – Chris Dagenais

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Title: Director, Software Development
Started at Point2: August 2000

Chris is currently on vacation in Mexico with his family, so it’s hard to think of nice words to say about him while I’m stuck here with snow piled up 5 feet high on my driveway. But…since he’s normally a pretty nice guy, I guess we can’t hold it against him forever.

Chris was hired as a software developer in 2000. After 12+ years at Point2, we’d say he’s pretty familiar with our product inside and out.

When he’s not at work planning how our next feature will be built, he keeps busy with his family and his endless list of DIY projects.

We asked Chris to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your favorite type of music?
I don’t really know what genre you’d call it, alternative maybe. My favorite bands are: The Postal Service, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, Stars, The Decemberists, Metric etc.

If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
I like to spend my free time in my garage working on my cars, either fixing up or tweaking something on my 1971 Chevelle, or doing maintenance on one of my 1/8 scale nitro r/c buggy. I am slowly collecting tools necessary to have a small metal working shop as I really enjoy working with steel. I am currently in the market for a small lathe.

What kinds of food do you like?
I love most foods but I would say my favorites generally include pasta and some tomato based sauce, so naturally I love Mexican and Italian food. I also love potatoes and cabbage so Ukrainian food is up at the top of my list as well. One interesting food I love is home-made pickled beets. If you’ve tried pickled beets from a store and written them off as gross, that’s because they are. You haven’t REALLY tried pickled beets until you’ve had them home-made.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
I haven’t travelled a lot but I would say the most interesting trip I have been on was to a car show in Nashville in 2002. It was my first trip as an adult out of Canada and I travelled alone to meet up with a bunch of people I knew from an online car club, some of them I had known for 5 years but had never met or talked to any of them in real life. The car show was amazing, the people were equally amazing, and Nashville was beautiful, so it was an excellent trip that I will always remember.

What do you like best about your job?
There are many things I love about my job. I love getting to work with such a great group of people, I love that I get to help solve hard problems every day, and I love getting to hear from customers how the tools we build make their business possible.

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
I’d like to have dinner with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Linus Torvalds. I would make some leading statements about what I don’t like about each of their primary OSs and enjoy the entertainment for the rest of the evening (and learn a lot in the process).

What are the words you live by?
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. – John Steinbeck

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a great role model for my kids, and the kind of man my son will want to strive to be.

Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
Of course, I speak C#, java, javascript, and many more! 😉

What are some things on your bucket list?
Someday I want to go sky diving. I’m also looking forward to a significant amount of travelling later in my life, I’d really like to see all of the great wonders of the world and to really revel in the sheer human accomplishment that things like the pyramids of Egypt represent.

What was your last Do It Yourself project?
I’m a self-proclaimed handyman extraordinaire, so I have many. Most recently I built a large play structure of my own design for my kids in the back yard as well as a wall garden for my wife. Previous to that I have fully landscaped 3 yards (from bare clay to a finished yard) and completely finished 3 basements in the last 5 years. I grew up on a farm so construction work is second nature to me. I have many pictures of my favorite landscaping/construction project here.

What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
My high school basketball coach had a large impact on my life. He taught us about learning through defeat, and that when your goal is to improve rapidly you need to surround yourself with people better than yourself. You don’t improve by making sure you only associate/compete with people worse than yourself. We lost a lot of games, but by my senior year on the occasions we met up with teams we had played in my junior year we destroyed them. The difference was they only looked for games they thought they could win, and my coach only looked for games he thought we could be competitive in but would probably lose. 3 years of that and it was clear which team had improved more.

What’s something about you that few people know?
My family’s house burnt to the ground when I was 12 years old, nothing left but a hole in the ground and a brick chimney. Experiencing that taught me a lot about what possessions you have that are really valuable and worth protecting, and which aren’t. I have very few pictures from my childhood because most were lost in the fire, so make sure you are backing up your digital pictures/videos somewhere other than in your house!

2 Comments

  • Tony says:

    Hi Chris,
    Happy new year to you and family.
    We have been with point2 for a long time.We have had help recently on our site redisign from somebody in Canada but presently we are getting no answers.Would you be prepared to look at my site for some help?

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