Hello, my name is Adam Pippin. I'm an IT professional and overall handy guy living in Vancouver, BC.
I've spent the last decade consciously and constantly focusing on growing as both a person and a professional. Constantly seeking out new and interesting problems to tackle, I've managed to expose myself to a variety of people, situations, and technologies that have given me many varied opportunities to really develop my skillset and myself.
And one time I came in to work and defused a bomb.
Originally from Regina, SK I had my way paid out to Vancouver, BC to join a company supporting the music industry based out of Los Angeles, CA.
At my current employer I was hired on as a Senior Full Stack Developer and quickly proved myself both as Senior and Full Stack by supporting existing development teams, leading architectural meetings, and leading the charge in developing and maturing our cloud infrastructure. I'm currently the Lead of Devops and Quality Assurance working under the CTO and have since become certified as an AWS Solutions Architect Associate.
I was at my previous employer—an advertising agency—for over 5 years. “Advertising Agency” doesn't really do it justice. In my five years there I put together my share of brochure websites and eCommerce solutions, but was also tasked with things like creating a GIS lookup tool that runs on a coffee table, pulling out my soldering iron and trying to add networking capabilities to a Chinese-import wireless transmitter, managing nearly one million dollars per year in digital advertising spend, using computer vision to import drawings and simulate physics on them, and developing custom device drivers based off of 190 page integrators' manuals for purchased hardware.
Prior to that, I put my time in contracting (and performing all the tasks that go along with that—client and partner management, book keeping, etc) and worked at a small website development company.
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.“ is a motto I've lived my life by. I am an avowed generalist.
- I've framed, wired (electrical and low-voltage; done to code) and drywalled a basement. I trenched an electrical connection in to an outbuilding somewhere deep in the mountains and installed the sub panel and all the electrical. I've been slowly replacing the electrical in my current residence that's been threatening to light the house on fire.
- I enjoy travelling—though you're more likely to find me driving around in backwoods Kentucky or skiing in small town Montana than you are to find me laying on a beach somewhere.
- I'm first-aid certified (OFA Level 1/CPR-C).
- I'm a lover of fine (and not-fine) bourbons. Bourbon in general is just great.
- I've changed oil, brakes, gaskets, filters, etc. I've wired in dashcams, stereos, lighting and more.
- I own a few firearms and am a pretty decent shot. Never hunted, but I find a lot of peace in driving out into nature, taking a deep breath, and using small explosions to put holes in paper from far away then taking them home and spending a few hours meticulously disassembling and cleaning out all the residue from the Soviet-surplus ammunition.
- I'm a licensed amateur radio operator (ham radio) and a member of the VECTOR emergency communications organization supporting the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Department's disaster planning. I've completed training on effective communication, net controller skills, incident command centre operations (EMRG-1320), and participated in city-wide drills. I've designed and built highly-resilient battery-powered radios that can recharge off of a bag of potatoes and fits in a 9"x7"x4" waterproof case that and is capable of communicating thousands of miles.
I put a conscious effort over the years into not being the stereotypical IT guy. I do a pretty good job of being approachable and speaking in terms appropriate to the audience. To me it's a point of pride to be have understood a complex concept to the point where I can explain it in a way that anybody could understand.
My approach to my life—professional and personal—is pretty straightforward. I always strive to do a great job. Just because my work will be hidden behind a beautiful user interface or a piece of drywall doesn't mean I'm happy doing anything less than my best. Sometimes this can be a source of strife in my life as I like to hold the people around me up to the same standard—always doing the best we can.
My skills as a generalist allow me to bring together specialists from all sorts of areas and help them to work together effectively towards a goal while filling in any gaps in skill or knowledge as required and my communication skills and ability to balance technical considerations with business objectives and priorities has made me a valuable touchpoint in every organization I've been part of.