If you’re one of our avid readers, you may recognize some of the names and faces of our Brafton.com teammates. But behind the scenes, when we’re looking to improve site functionality and user experience, there’s a team hard at work that doesn’t get the same visibility our writers and contributors do.
One of them is Frank Dumont, our systems development team programmer.
Frank’s been working with Brafton and our sister company for more than a year, and he said his favorite aspect of the job is that every day at work is like solving a new puzzle.
“Nothing promotes growth in a developer more than solving puzzles,” he said.
His advice to a new developer breaking into the field?
“Don’t be afraid to share an idea but don’t be discouraged if it isn’t adopted,” he said. “While everyone I have worked with at Brafton has been very receptive, sometimes it is just the wrong time or the wrong person that hears your idea.”
Always the realist, he also considered, “it just may be a bad idea.”
Learn more about Frank in our Brafton Q&A:
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Aerospace engineer working at NASA, I was always the dreamer.
Q: What do you think is the most important quality needed for success?
A good sense of humor. Every job will have its stress, but if you can find the humor in it, everything seems to go smoother.
Q: What do you value most in a job?
Money. Lets be honest here, if money were no object I’d be photographing elephants in Africa.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
As a collective, my camera gear.
“Nothing promotes growth in a developer more than solving puzzles.”
Q: Which day of the work week are you the most productive?
Any day as long as it’s before noon, and yes, including Mondays.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
There really is no ‘right way’ to get the job done. I get to figure out how to get to the end result myself.
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I paddled the entire Allagash waterway in a 15 ft. kayak. The trip took us six days and we traveled 92 miles.
Q: Have any “hidden talents”?
I make quite possibly the world’s best BBQ ribs. I have had lifelong vegetarians try them after seeing everyone else’s reactions.
Q: If Brafton were a TV show, which character – from any sitcom, drama or reality show (of any time period) – would represent you?
Erlich Bachmann from Silicon Valley, just not quite so loud.
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