Our large staff of industry experts is ready to serve you. To help you learn a little more about us, we asked our PT colleagues to answer one question: What are one or more things you’re passionate about?
I am passionate about music, both as a listener and a player. I have been playing music since I was eight years old, when I began taking piano lessons, and have since learned to play a range of other instruments, including guitar, bass, and drums. I also have a collection of hundreds of LPs of a wide variety of genres, from classical to pop to experimental.
I am most passionate about the ocean and the serenity that comes with it. The ocean and the beach are a very relaxing and peaceful place. I enjoy offshore fishing, as well as the beach itself—it has a calming effect on me, so I spend as much time as possible in or around the coast. The ocean also possesses a history that interests me greatly, with an extremely rich past that offers endless reading.
The outdoors. There's nothing like being there. Especially after being inside in a nice temperature regulated office, eyes focused on screens most of the day. No matter if it's a city park with nice view of the skyline, or a national park far away from it all, I feel at home, inspired, and humbled.
I'm passionate about connections: relationally, geographically, conceptually, historically, spiritually. Whether it's getting coffee with a new friend, getting to know my city a bit better, drawing together motifs in literature, or asking questions about how things became the way they are, I love making and maintaining connections. There is so much to learn in this world that is so mysteriously and wonderfully held together.
Family means the most to me. I have three wonderful kids who keep me and my wife on our toes. I am also an eternally optimistic Wolfpack fan.
We believe titles limit potential. We want to empower each of our staffers to learn and grow outside the bounds of any one role. Without job titles, some folks have worked in multiple areas at once, while others have transitioned their work organically from testing to graphic design, social media to web development, and more—and PT is better for it.
Being upside-down. I love doing handstands, AcroYoga, and weight lifting. It's exciting to watch my body progress and be able to perform these cool feats. I am passionate about creating things; baking macaroons, inventing new recipes, wood turning, and developing websites. I love starting with nothing and watching new things blossom. Finally, I am an advocate for mental health—I believe it is important for everyone to respect their brain as much as physical health.
I love unicorns and the color pink. I treasure my friends and family. I have a precious little boy whom my life revolves around. I enjoy arts and crafts. From sewing to calligraphy to making jewelry, I love it all!
I am in awe of the human voice, gentle enough to comfort a child, yet powerful enough to ride an orchestra and fill the largest concert hall. Singing is one of my most spiritual activities. Music flows like a river and you must be in the moment. When a chorus "locks", it feels like that voice is you. That's the purest experience of being a part of something bigger than yourself I know.
I like gaming and LEDs.
If people can't see how learning will enrich their lives, they're not going to do it. And while the digital age offers more types of learning for more types of people, it also adds a layer of complexity because your message competes against everyone else's. I love the challenge of delivering information in a meaningful way—ultimately winning that competition and enriching lives.
Avid music lover, proud father, enjoys learning about the latest tech and philosophy. I strive to maintain balance in every part of my life except when it comes to vibes (I only like the positive kind). I hope to level up and to continue learning things here at Principled Technologies and have a positive impact.
Winning. I love the thrill of winning. That sounds like George Patton-esque, American football boosterism, but I don't mean it just in the sense of head-to-head competition, though I can't deny I love that too. I'm thinking of a greater game where the goal is finding paths through complex problems to help everyone involved. There's an undeniable sense of satisfaction in understanding a complex problem and coming up with an inclusive answer where everyone wins.
I'm passionate about helping people tell their stories. I'm happiest when I can help make a client look like a hero in their organization, especially when I get to see their face light up because of our work. I love connecting people, and to help them work together in a way that benefits them both—that's the cherry on top. Find me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ebroberts.
Punctuation, popsicles, and the color pink.
I cherish my family, our history, and our bond. This has caused me to be passionate about historical preservation for my family's future descendants and finding creative ways to pull in the interest of current generations.
No. When we first announced this page to our staff, we required everyone to participate—a rarity at PT, where we typically only demand 100% participation if it's a requirement for our business operations. But after hearing strong pushback from a few folks, we made participation optional. Some of our staff object to having any digital presence associated with their workplace, and we wanted to respect that preference.
Family and food most likely capture two areas that I am very passionate about. To me, family is the cornerstone that much of your personality, character, and joy are built on. It takes work and focus to be the best you can be for your family and great compassion and understanding to always be supportive! Food gets a nod as I love to create in the culinary arena and share with friends and family.
The look on someone's face when something new clicks for the first time, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the teamwork and breadth of expertise that go into creating that moment. I enjoy the creativity of cooking and the serenity of yoga. I love long walks with my dog Ollie and my husband Bobby, visiting my family in the Finger Lakes, and watching my beautiful nephews play and grow.
Equality, environmental preservation of Madagascar and the oceans, prehistoric megafauna, fiber arts, trap-neuter-return programs, and watching bad movies with friends.
Music is in my blood, passed down from my musical family. My undergraduate degree is in piano. I love everything from Brahms to Van Halen to Esperanza Spalding, from Shirley Horn to New Order to Kendrick Lamar. And, I don't want to be mired in the old; I want to continuously evolve, to seek and find the great and bold, the passion in the new. One of life's greatest gifts is discovering new music.
I love reading anything that reveals something new about the world or human behavior, including mysteries and histories, theology, classic novels, and biographies. I enjoy great films, beautiful music of any genre, and cooking for family and friends. My dreams for the future include extended travel, designing my own house, and finishing my pilot's license. I have a heart for abused and forgotten children, and have volunteered in foster care ministries for almost 20 years.
I am obsessed with keeping up with new and emerging music, particularly underground hip-hop and indie rock. I have been playing hockey ever since I learned to walk, and I also enjoy skateboarding and writing creatively in my spare time. Steak and cheesecake are two excellent foods that I enjoy eating together or separately.
I am passionate about people and their stories. I love writing for work and pleasure, and am an information and experience junkie. I'm here to create entertaining and engaging stories that people relate to and learn from. Feed my brain, my soul, or my stomach and magic follows. Interesting fact: I get excited about just about everything that I do.
I love to travel as often as possible. When I'm exploring new places, I always try to sample new foods, go for hikes, go for swims, learn bits and pieces of a new language, talk to strangers, leave only footprints, and take only pictures!
I love to hop on a boat and set sail on a Disney Cruise with my daughter whenever I can. Experiencing the wonder and magic through her eyes as we explore the world together is amazing!
I like traveling, hiking, basketball, and watching football (I'm a Patriots fan). I also like history and archeology.
Adventures! I can find the adventure in just about anything—whether it's meeting friends at a new restaurant, traveling across the globe, playing back-to-back-to-back soccer games, reading/listening to a great story, or just sitting on the porch enjoying the afternoon sun with my pups. While I love to experience new things, I'm also pretty nostalgic—on rainy days, you might find me dusting off 30-year-old video games to bring back to life.
I spend most of my time on the weekends relaxing, spending time with friends, and playing action RPGs—right now, I'm working my way through Westworld and Breath of the Wild on the Switch.
Art is my passion. I've always found it fascinating that colors and lines on a page can evoke so many different emotions. An artist is capable of fine-tuning the beauty of the world, or even creating new worlds from their imaginations.
There are many places on our site where you can learn what we do. Here, we're giving you a glimpse of who we are. Our team has a diverse range of interests outside of work, so instead of asking folks to talk about their jobs, we wanted to highlight some of the many things we're passionate about as individuals.
One of the many things I love about sound is its power to dictate mood and feeling. It can sharpen fuzzy memories, enrich storytelling, and inspire future action. When I'm not engineering at PT, I'm hanging with my awesome wife and cats. I also play drums in Console Command, a metal band that reimagines video game soundtracks and takes listeners on a nostalgic joyride: https://www.consolecommand.band/
Dogs > cats. UNC > NC State > Duke. I break for doodles and coffee. Donuts are a necessary evil.
I've had a life-long love of the outdoors. My main hobby is photography: www.clydebeamer.com Edward Abbey said, "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells...into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles...and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm..."
I love my family—my husband and my little kiddo are my world. I am passionate about learning new things and exploring nature. I am a movie lover. I love cooking; I always try different types of recipes from different cuisines. I love traveling and my goal is to cover as many countries I can in my lifetime with my family.
Traveling, spending time with family & friends, playing handbells, and being active in my church.
More than I can list here. Reinventing business, creating companies that put people above profit. Writing, in fiction, non-fiction, and everyday life. Media, from books to movies to music; I constantly crave input. Food, not just haute cuisine, but meals of all sorts: I've flown to Spain for a dinner, but I've also crossed six lanes of traffic to experience a two-for-a-quarter hot dog. And, of course, family and friends, those we choose to love.
Forged in Brooklyn, polished in Durham.
I love working with my hands to create new things and fix old ones. The satisfaction I get from producing something useful, whether physical or digital, using only basic materials and inspiration, is a terrific reward. I make furniture and robots, cartoons and gadgets, muppets, games and even a cabin in the woods. I can also (try to) repair almost anything. An even greater reward is watching my kids as they do the same.
Marketing, computer science, and Bob the Builder. ("Can we build it?" Yes. Yes we can!) I enjoy studying theology, solutions in software, and the markets. I love spending time with my family, being a husband and a dad. Loving, serving, leading my family: It's like being sized for a 42 regular and being issued a 72 extra long. A constant reminder to excel still more and a constant exercise in being blessed, forgiven, redeemed.
I love to brighten someone's day, and make them smile. That desire is reflected in most of the things I do, from designing eye-catching collateral for our clients, my vibrant fashion choices, whipping up a delectable treat for our office cook-offs, and illustrating quirky surface patterns for my personal business. Bringing joy to others through my own art fuels my creativity and keeps me motivated.
We aim to be the best place to work for our staff. Inherent in that mission is respecting their desires. Some folks prefer not to be on camera, and others simply would rather not have their pictures online. Though we asked folks to participate in this page, we didn't force anyone to have a photo; instead, they could choose a color block or a different image to represent themselves.
While my work is almost entirely focused on technology, I spend my free time combining technology with art. Photography, travel, and writing are passions that I document on Geek Field Guide. More recently, I've picked up astrophotography, electronics design, and 3D printing as other places to spend brain cycles. Sometimes I remember to sleep.
Like most people, I'm passionate about many personal things, particularly making sure my kids and partner are happy and healthy. And I feel similarly about the Durham community, so I proudly serve as an appointed official on the city of Durham Human Relations Commission, working to achieve racial equity in the community.
I grew up on a farm, and in a lot of ways, I enjoy re-capturing the fun times I had as a kid. I like working with my hands—carpentry, gardening, and caring for my chickens, which my daughter named. My kids work with me, so I can teach them the same things I learned when I was young—that kind of work gives me a sense of peace.
I'm passionate about making the world a better place, experiencing as much of it as I can, conserving its natural resources, and earning the friendship of people I meet along the way. I'm also very passionate about faith, inclusion, coffee, hospitality, empanadas, fitness, all things biology, and doing things the right way.
I love the outdoors, including running, biking, and kayaking. Anything from the beach to the mountains is a great place for me. You will most likely find me on a trail, on the lake, or at the pool!
I believe it's important to make decisions based on facts, not be afraid to ask the hard questions, and be willing to do a little research before coming to conclusions on important topics. That's something that's guided me through my business and personal life. When you've done the research on a topic, you know that the facts bear out your conclusions, so you're reasonably justified in your position. You can live happily more consistently if you operate that way.
My passion is working as a volunteer Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). I believe that breastfeeding education and public awareness improves maternal and fetal health outcomes and I actively promote the care and wellbeing of families in my local community. One way I do this is by serving as the NC rep for NormalizeBreastfeeding.org, where I coordinate monthly support sessions, manage an annual public awareness event, and provide advocacy for workplace pumping and public breastfeeding.
Apart from spending time with my family and friends, you will often find me reading. As a child, trips to the local library every week sparked a passion for reading and learning that led to a degree in English literature. I am also passionate about helping others, whether that is assisting on projects at the office or teaching preschool children at my church.
I have raced drones, I have biked down mountains, and I have bearded with the very best. But if life has taught me anything at all, it's that you never really know someone until you've pushed their will to the limits on the racquetball court.
I'm passionate about all things coding, anime, and video games. I'm really into speedrunning and competitive fighting games.
I joined a gym with close to personal trainer coach-to-student ratio in March. I don't know if I can say I am passionate about it, but it has certainly helped me focus on full-body health and eating cleaner and healthier. I guess you could say I am in a better late than never phase of my life.
Cycling is the perfect sport—great exercise, expensive equipment, and cool data-gathering devices. My passion for cycling comes instead from the solitude. It's just me, wind in my face, enjoying the serenity of trees and farms, the long vistas of the coast, or the beauty of the mountains. Other cyclists make it the best of both worlds—alone with friends. Cycling is also when I feel closest to God, enjoying the glory of His creation.
It might sound weird that a graphic designer's passion is literacy and reading comprehension, but it's mine. I didn't always have the words for what I wanted to express—until one of my professors helped me find my voice. Now, if I could, I would start a non-profit that helps empower everyone. Having the ability to read and communicate effectively is a superpower no one can take from you once you have it.
I'm passionate about my family. My wife and two boys mean the world to me, so it's amazing to watch them excel in their own interests, whether it's music, technology, or sports for the kids, or graduate studies for my wife. I have a growing army of nieces and nephews I'm proud to be uncle to. I also love traveling. While I love NC, I enjoy seeing new places and need to schedule more trips!
Rediscovering distance running
When I was a kid, my parents used to drop me at the library each week. I'd emerge hours later with a stack of books about as tall as I was, and I usually managed to devour all of them before the next trip. Although I no longer churn through books at anything close to that rate, I'm at my happiest curled up with my dog, a cup of tea, and a good book.
The most important thing to me is my kids: my son, Andrew who just graduated from high school and became an Eagle Scout, and my daughter, Addison, who's an extremely creative, artsy ten-year-old. I also enjoy coaching XC and track at Cary High School, and I love music, whether that means going to concerts and festivals or just listening to my record collection at home.
My wife and two girls are the driving force behind everything that motivates me. My passion for my family pushes me to do good work, treat others with kindness, and help people whenever I can.
My family. I have two little kids. I enjoy their laughter and watching them learn and grow. I'm excited to see what their interests will be and how I can support them in that. I also love music. I play keyboard and occasionally sing on my church worship team.
Making memories with my two wild and lovable little girls. When I'm not taking part in our daily living room dance parties, I love to read, play the French horn, and watch hockey. My favorite place to be is around the campfire, enjoying great music and the sounds of nature with the people I love.
Swimming in an ocean of information, it's easy to miss the profundity of life. I try to absorb as much as I can, because there's beauty everywhere. My family gives me love, strength and cause, my work purpose, my society hope, my universe potential. I cannot hope to return this bounty in equal measure. I can only strive to be better tomorrow than today, follow paths wherever they lead, and give back.
I enjoy working on my patio and growing plants and veggies; spending time with family; and playing video games.
I'm passionate about learning, grasping the concept of a new skill or trait, and using what I learned to help teach others who may be seeking help within that particular skill or trait.
A few of the things I am passionate about are traveling, having new experiences, and making memories with family; photography; bodybuilding; jiu-jitsu; and Krav Maga.
I'm passionate about great writing. There are lots of elements of good writing, all important and interesting to me, but I particularly love reading an evocative phrase that makes me think about something ordinary in a new and extraordinary way. Those moments are what I most want to achieve in my own writing, and what I love finding in the writing of others.
My passions are spending time with my family and friend family, building loving, challenging, and meaningful relationships. Whether it's rock climbing, video games, or playing guitar, it all goes back to that.
I love working at PT—what's more fun than bossing computers around with programs, researching facts, and working with the great PT team? Outside of work, I love reading—histories, mysteries, newspapers—and spending time with friends, family, and pets. In terms of causes, I'm most passionate about promoting public education for children, particularly in the arts and sciences.
My two children and family. Music. Aviation. Fostering rescued Greyhounds and Giant breed dogs and getting them ready for their forever homes. Baking (chemistry). Cooking (art). Real BBQ (Kansas City & Memphis). Roses. Orchids. Reading.
"Where words fail, music speaks."–Hans Christian Andersen
Travel and music are two of my biggest passions. I love exploring. Whether it's some secluded hiking trail, a huge city, or some ancient ruins, I am happy and content experiencing any and all new places. Music also keeps me going. Not a single day goes by where I don't sing or play an instrument for fun or for church.
My greatest passion is being a dad to my two young girls. We're at the stage of life where they require a lot of attention, and I'm really enjoying getting to spend as much time with them as I can. They constantly crack me up. My wife and I jokingly ask what we did with all of our time before we had kids!
I am passionate about technology, electric cars, aviation, and anything related to rockets and spacecraft that one day will enable people to live on other planets.
As cliché as it may be as a learning professional, my passion is learning. While I do enjoy learning about just about everything, I'm a cultural anthropologist at heart; I love studying the cultures, traditions, and beliefs of peoples near and far. I consider myself a student of the world and, as such, I am equally as passionate about travel! A life without travel is not one I'd want to live.
I love going to the N.C. coast with my family. One of our favorite activities is taking our skiff out to Sand Dollar island. Together with our puppy, we spend the morning exploring the island, searching for sand dollars, clamming, and swimming. In the afternoon, we play games, enjoy a picnic, rock in hammocks hung on the sides of the boat, listen to beach music, take pictures, and relax. It's wonderful.
I'm probably best known for my passion for baking. Thanks to the willingness of my co-workers to consume my creations, I'm able to bake way more than one person could possibly eat (though I think I will always be slightly ashamed of the amount of butter in my freezer at any given moment). However, I like to think that I'm doing my part to keep up office morale, especially on Monday mornings.
I am incredibly passionate about live music, having played guitar in a country-rock band from 2010-2017. Performing is the best, but I also love going to concerts just as a fan. If Dead and Company are in town, you will likely see me on the lawn! I am also extremely passionate about East Carolina University football. Go Pirates!
I love to talk, but I love to listen even more: to the laughter of my two little boys; to the stories of my favorite true crime/comedy podcasts; to the roar of live music; to the sizzle of dinner cooking (and hopefully not burning) on the stove; and to the whoosh of an airplane as it finally starts to accelerate and take flight.
I'm passionate about my family. My wife and I enjoy going on road trips and exploring areas that aren't on the beaten path. We love to go camping and to sit around an open fire with friends and family. Our son is currently serving in the Coast Guard.
I am passionate about building strong friendships with those around me and creating strong, lasting bonds. In addition to friendships, I enjoy rooting for a number of sports teams, but especially the Carolina Hurricanes. I like to work hard each day to try and learn new things.
Mountain biking, travel, and Finnish sauna.
More than anything else, I'm passionate about research and ideas. I enjoy games and sports, but what's more interesting to me is figuring out how they work and how everything fits together.
I'm passionate about how science and art can work together to make the world a better place.
I consider myself a professional enthusiast, with more hobbies and passions than I can keep up with, and I'm fascinated by how much there is to learn in the world. I've always been a musician; I play saxophone, piano, and guitar, and I majored in songwriting. I love photography and graphic design. Recently, I've started weightlifting and growing succulents, and I've enjoyed watching both my biceps and my small plants grow in size.
Besides my unquenchable thirst for any knowledge of IT, musical performance is my greatest passion. From being in jazz and marching bands, pit orchestras, or any random Open Mic events, my saxophone and piano have brought me the greatest joy—true expression of self along with the appreciation of bringing others on that journey. Oh, and I LOVE videogames—especially RPGs, adventure titles, and some rhythm-based. I am practically unstoppable in Dance Dance Revolution.
I am passionate about saving the environment and endangered species. One of my favorite places is the Duke Lemur Center. There I can help keep some of the most critically endangered creatures in the world from vanishing. Quiet forests and empty meadows are right up there as favorite places too. And did I mention—lemurs!
My first passion was swimming. Through it I learned the value of hard work, experienced joy in individual and team success, and ultimately found myself. I will never forget breaking my first state record or spending three summers as a summer league coach. Now I get to pass my love of swimming on to my three young kids. Watching them in the water gives me pure joy, and has even brought tears to my eyes.
Video games. I've been playing them for as long as I can remember. There's something special about having a wholly interactive entertainment medium that lets you experience such a wide variety of things, from great stories, to fantastical worlds.
I passionately enjoy life and loving those around me. I love capturing priceless moments in time with my camera, especially of my dogs. I love to travel to other cities and to see new places in my own town. I adore a great glass of wine with a fantastic meal and cannot live without music or sports. Passion. It's what living is.
In addition to my family, I am passionate about the outdoors, and protecting it for future generations. I also have a passion for assisting the children of southern Africa and do so through the charity Reaching a Generation USA. I love to read non-fiction, particularly related to the history of technology. My two favorite accomplishments are canoeing down the Yukon River in Alaska with my son, and riding in a charity bicycle ride across Africa.
Strange as it is, objective thinking and even-handed debate are something that excites me. I think if we as people could approach today's challenges first from a clean slate and then be willing to do the hard, necessary work to unearth truth—with the goal of having the unbiased facts have their day, like we do here at PT—we would all realize a better and more peaceful world for everyone.
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