Born in Calgary, Alberta, he moved to Saskatoon with his young family to accept a position as a software developer with Point2 6 years ago.
In his current role as Vice President of Product Development, he leads the charge for the Saskatoon office in product planning and development. With so many moving parts to oversee and coordinate, we’re amazed he has any free time at all.
A wanna-be drummer with a notorious sweet tooth, Zach also is a jack of all trades – dabbling in cooking, renovating and sourcing parts for a robot he is building with his daughters.
We asked Zach a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I don’t really have a single favorite, but I love to read. One that’s always stood out for me is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis, probably because my mother read it to me when I was young and it was the first book that really opened my eyes to how engrossing and adventurous a good story can be. When I read fiction, I prefer science fiction; I’m reading Wool by Hugh Howey at the moment. More and more I prefer to read non-fiction. A Journey into Gravity and Spacetime by John Archibald Wheeler was excellent. I also enjoyed Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter immensely. To answer the question, if I have to pick just one book it would be The War of Art (not the Art of War) by Steven Pressfield.
If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
At the moment, I spend most of my spare time reading about Bitcoin and sourcing parts for a robot project that I’m trying to get my daughters interested in. Their expectations are very high. My 9 year old would like the robot to carry on a conversation, clean her room, and grow as it gets older…
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
When I was 19 I took a semester off and went backpacking in Australia for 3 months. The experience of being completely independent and so far away from home was an amazing growth experience for me. I think everyone should travel like that at least once.
What do you like best about your job?
It’s the people I work with that make this the best work environment I’ve ever experienced. We have an amazing team here at Point2 and it really shows in our products and service, and the best moments by far are when I hear that a customer is delighted with something we’ve done, whether it be great service, or a recent enhancement to the product.
What are the words you live by?
“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” I’m not sure who said it, or where I heard it, but this is a phrase that has stuck with me. To me it means simply that we all have fears, and it is the fear itself that holds us back. To be successful we must choose not to be afraid.
Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
I’m envious of those that speak multiple languages and for that reason both of my daughters are in French immersion, and they speak much better French than I do. If programming languages count, there are a few that I’m fluent in: C#, C, C++, Java, Scala, SQL, Python, and Ruby.
What was your last Do It Yourself project?
We moved two years ago and had to renovate one of the floors in our house, and that’s the last time I’ll renovate… ever…
What online sites do you visit?
Google, quora.com, reddit.com, amazon.com, bitcointalk.org, I read my news on my iPad using flipboard, avoid Facebook, and occasionally tweet.
What’s something about you that few people know?
I’ve always wanted to be a drummer. Okay… I still want to be a drummer.