This month’s spotlight is on Stan Prokarym, our ping pong playing and weather loving VP of Software Development.
Kendall: How long have you been working with Geoforce?
Stan: It will be 3 years as of this May.
Kendall: What do you do at Geoforce?
Stan: I oversee the Software team at Geoforce which encompasses software development, quality assurance, and information technology. It’s my duty to continuously improve the software platform and application that our 800+ customers around the world utilize as well as continue to build out an internal infrastructure that allows Geoforce to grow both in size and number of customers. That’s the short version of what could be a 50 page essay.
Kendall: What are your hobbies outside of work?
Stan: Outside of spending what time I can with my family, I enjoy watching most sports, particularly college football, and am eagerly awaiting the University of Oklahoma to figure out what defense is. A lot of my spare time is spent supporting my oldest son in his pursuit of a career in baseball – he is currently a high school sophomore left handed pitcher who is nationally ranked and verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
Kendall: What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
Stan: If it was the Star Trek universe where one can just pick what they do to contribute to the greater good, my interests in order would be sports management (I feel strongly I could manage the Texas Rangers better than has been done over the years – who let’s Josh Hamilton walk after a career year for nothing and also runs off Nolan Ryan?), meteorology as I’m a closet weather nerd, and financial advisement as too many people just don’t know what to do with the money they work hard for.
Kendall: What is your favorite attribute of Geoforce and why?
Stan: My personal favorite is that we foster a positive and team culture from the top down.
Kendall: What have you gained from working at Geoforce?
Stan: One rewarding aspect of my position is that I have been provided a lot of freedom to drive where we are going in the future technology-wise and I am provided support from the top to make things happen. Although it comes with its own set of challenges, a lot of people in my position don’t have the opportunities to build their own team essentially from the ground floor up, move technical systems to the cloud, overhaul software offerings to enable sales growth, and to line up internal infrastructure / security with where we need to be. Those are the types of things that I will be able to look back on as value provided to Geoforce and be proud of. Plus it’s invaluable experience for me personally.
Kendall: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Stan: I’m big into traveling to new places. I previously lived in London for a few years so have seen a lot of Europe and wish I could go back regularly. I’m a fan of outdoor scenery so the next 2 things on my bucket list are an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Iceland. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights so timed correctly I can also cross that off with either trip.
Kendall: What is something you have always wanted to do but never done?
Stan: Win a $750 million Powerball Lottery? It’s all downhill from there.