There really isn’t anything John Jordan can’t fix. That’s why he’s our go-to guy for all things IT. Jordan oversees all Information Technology for Fingerpaint, and to say we would be lost without him would be a serious understatement. He keeps our computers up-to-date, our data servers running, and our phones connected. But what’s the best part? He does it all with a smile. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years, but time flies when you’re having fun. We’re celebrating all of his hard work and taking a walk down memory lane to see what it’s really like to be the backbone of the entire agency.
- What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
Feeling like I was home. I had previously worked with half of the agency at a past gig, so it made the transition very easy.
- Are you in the same role? What has changed about your role?
Sort of. I did it all as a one-man department until hiring Josh Kelly in May of 2015 when we hit 100+ employees. While I still have my hands in the day-to-day IT support for 150+ employees over 4 offices, I now get to spend more time focusing on the future of the company, working on office buildouts, and playing around with new tech before introducing it to the company.
- Tell us what an average day at Fingerpaint looks like for you.
I get into the office around 7:45 a.m. each day to get a jump start on the day and put out any fires before people get into the office. The rest of the day is spent supporting co-workers, sitting in on meetings, and figuring out how we can make things easier for everyone.
- Tell us one of your favorite early memories from your office.
The nerf gun wars, and Carrie yelling at us as whistling nerf darts flew over her head. Also, the craziness that was the White Room as we outgrew our old space.
- What advice do you have for someone who is about to finger paint for the first time since their childhood?
Let your inner child out. Make a mess!
- What is your favorite thing about your office?
- What do you love most about the entire agency?
We have a great group of people across all offices. They make getting up and going to work worth it every day.
- How many unread emails do you have in your inbox?
Zero! I have to stay on top of email. I also hate seeing a number on the icon.
a. Are you planning to read them or should you just batch delete?
I always read emails from co-workers. Sales emails, however, go directly to my junk folder. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
- What advice would you give yourself on day 1 of working at Fingerpaint?
Someone is always around to help out, even if things are crazy.
- What advice can you share having worked at the agency for 5 years?
Things can get crazy from time to time just like any other agency. Know that your hard work is always recognized.
- What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint? (Keg in the kitchen, trampoline in the parking lot, 4-day work weeks, etc. – any ideas are welcome)
A small gym area for after-hours workouts would be nice.
- What are you doing for your sabbatical?
Still trying to figure this out. Australia is on the list, along with going back to South America, with a stop in Antarctica this time. I travel a lot, so whatever it ends up being will be something fun, and most likely off the beaten path.
John Jordan is an integral part of the Fingerpaint team and is known as much for his creative and practical problem solving as he is for his technical support. John’s top priority is managing Fingerpaint’s ever-growing and ever-changing IT systems, handling everything from networking to security to data storage. If that weren’t enough, John stays on top of his coworkers’ nonstop requests and demands, and always manages to do it with patience…and a smile.