Carl, Domain Architect
Based out of Pittsburgh, PA
Years of Service: 4
What do you want people to know about you?
I was born, raised, and am currently living in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small town located in Fayette County. I am a proud father of one incredible young man.
For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in computers. Throughout my 20-year career in Information Technology, I have been able to work in many roles including Support, Management, Analysis, and System Administration. I feel that my adaptability to Information Technology roles has come from a mix of hard work, abundant curiosity, and a strong foundation in computing related technologies including networks, multiple operating systems, and coding languages.
Describe your Giant Eagle career journey and what was the biggest influence on your success.
While working at Giant Eagle, I have been working with some brilliant and passionate individuals. These Team Members have become not only my work colleagues but my friends. We constantly work on shared goals and continuously pull our Team Members up instead of pushing them down. This overwhelming support of Team Members can be attributed to a great group of managers. My manager has given me the freedom and support to explore and leverage new technologies that have benefited Giant Eagle.
What do you like best about your work at Giant Eagle?
The best thing about working at Giant Eagle is working with my team. Throughout my career, I have found that the one thing that can make or break a person’s ability to affect change and enjoy their role is the people they work with. The Team Members that I work with to support the organization’s technology needs have continuously proven to be committed, engaged, and supportive.
What advice would you give a new Team Member to be successful in their Giant Eagle career?
Do not silently follow but contribute to your team’s journey. There are days where you will be wrong. There are days where you will be right. Critically assess feedback from peers and don’t let a negative experience today prevent you from a positive experience tomorrow.
How do you seek to educate and promote inclusion and diversity in your professional and personal life?
I have worked with several nonprofits to provide after school homework help for kids in the inner city and most recently, helping with a summer program focused on providing vocational skills to inner city youth. I have also given technology talks within the IT-space to some global audiences and started Information Technology user groups in the Pittsburgh-area.
Name a social justice leader who has been meaningful to you, and why?
In recent times, I follow and read items from Shaun King, a journalist who is very active in justice reform which I believe to be a significant issue in America. There’s a large number of activists that are worth a read or follow these days, including George Lee (Conscious Lee), Colin Kaepernick, and locally Leonard Hammonds and Leon Ford.
Historically, I am a big fan of President Barak Obama, John Lewis, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Huey Newton, and James Baldwin, as well as a very long list of others. I personally feel that these individuals set an example for the youth in our community and provide an articulate awareness of the communities’ experience. For today’s youth, having representation is so important but it’s equally important that they understand that the adversity they face is not isolated to them, and that they are not alone.
What is something about your own family traditions and/or culture that you honor and value?
Family is the most important thing. Many of our traditions are rooted in standard Western PA routines of Christmas and Thanksgiving. They all revolved around family, getting together and appreciating each other.
Share your favorite recipe that represents your culture.
To be honest, I eat everything. As far as recipes go, one of my favorites during the holidays is my mom’s potato salad. I still don’t have the recipe :)