The Faces of Point2 – Joel Loewen


Joel LoewenTitle: Director, Yardi Hosting Services
Started at Point2: July 2002

Originally hired as a Systems Administrator for Point2 in 2002, Joel is now a Director for North American hosting services for Yardi, our parent company.

Having spent a number of years in Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, he naturally became a true coffee snob connoisseur and jazz music lover.

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

What is your favorite type of music?
Depending on mood, it’d be either Jazz or Ambient, although I’d say there’s a time and place for nearly all music, except for Country (but can that really even be called music?). Ulrich Schnauss, Brian Eno and Robert Glasper are in heavy rotation at work.

What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I don’t have a single favourite book, but my favourite theme would be the different sides of moral philosophy, examples being The Abolition of Man (Lewis), Faith and Rationality (Plantinga), with counterpoints like Morals by Agreement (Gauthier) and The Moral Landscape (Harris). However, most reading these days defaults to technical papers.

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Kieslowski’s The Decalogue is amazing. For Canadian content, Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter.

If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
Nearly all free time is spent with my wife and kids, although when they’re asleep, it’s occasionally spent at Flint Saloon with Paddockwood 606 and friends.

What kinds of food do you like?
Thai, Japanese, medium-rare filet.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
Santa Maria, the oldest island of the Portuguese Azores archipelago. My wife’s family traces their roots back hundreds of years on this 10 x 6 mile island, where we still maintain the two-room family homestead. There is nothing here but green hills, white beach, grass-fed beef, strong espresso and red wine. Can’t think of anything more required in retirement….

What do you like best about your job?
The open-ended and ever-changing nature of the work. In the ten years I’ve been here, I’ve been able to build and test a staggering variety of different technologies, building on what works and discarding what doesn’t. This environment attracts innovative employees who are great to work with, and we’ve put together an amazing team over the years.

What are the words you live by?
The Golden Rule: he who has the gold, makes the rules. No, no, the other one: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

What are some things on your bucket list?
If I could get through all the written works of Malcolm Muggeridge, G.K. Chesterton, John Polkinghorne, N.T. Wright, and John Lennox, that’d be a great start.

What online sites do you visit?

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The ability to speak any language.

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