When you choose RODA marketing, you are choosing proficiency and experience, as well as our passion for delivering value, support and results to your business.
As part of our efforts to provide exceptional service and bring value, we’re also dedicated to establishing strong relationship with our clients, so we took time to create an “Employee Spotlight” segment and offer a more personal aspect of our business.
Today, our staff spotlight goes to Chris:
What is your role at RODA marketing?
All things web development. Anything ranging from a brand new site, built from the ground up, to tracking down a pesky Google Analytics error, or contact form snafu.
How long have you worked at RODA marketing?
A little over two years.
What is your favorite thing about working at RODA marketing?
The trust/ability to just do my thing. We all play specific roles, and while there can be some overlap, the modus operandi is to put everyone in a position to do the thing they’re great at, and let them shine.
What has been your favorite project while at RODA marketing?
I don’t know that I have a favorite project, but there have been a few elements of websites that were a little trickier to pull off, which has made my brain really do some mental gymnastics to come up with a solution. The challenges are always a combination of fun and frustration, and I think that’s what my mind gravitates towards when I think about a favorite project. For example – there was a delivery fee calculator that calculated a route’s distance with Google maps and then provided a delivery fee. A second similar project was coming up with a more user-friendly way to enable customers to leave a review on Google or Facebook.
What is your proudest moment at RODA marketing?
When we have completed a project that was full of unforeseen issues and hurdles (the internet can be a most wondrous and most infuriating place) or when we have added a new process or technique that makes our website development process faster, more efficient, or creates an even more impressive final product.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
The beach is an all-time favorite activity outside of work. But living land-locked in the middle of Central PA, I don’t get to visit as frequently as I would like. My wife and I enjoy perusing the local antique shops with a cup of coffee, which also doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, because my other fun thing to do outside of work is keep up with my sons – an American Ninja Warrior-loving 9 year old and a fearless-to-the-potential-detriment-of-his-health 1 year old who went from crawling to running in no time flat.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite beach, as in the sand/surf/space to spread out, to this point is North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove more specifically. We went to Nags Head in the Outer Banks this summer, which had a better pace to it.
And St. Lucia – that was pretty stellar. But not something one can do every year.
If given the chance, who would you be for a day?
I kind of like being me a lot. But in the spirit of the question, I’d like to be any elite, hands-down best in their field athlete for a game/match/tournament etc. To feel the feeling of going into something knowing there is no one in the world who is going to be able to best you. And then dominating the game, that’d be swell.
What is one thing you recommend someone does/visits when they come to Lancaster?
I’d recommend a trip to Carlisle, but Lancaster is ok too 😀
I’m a fan of the art district with all of the small shops available to check out interesting things that are being made and sold.
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Quirky, genuine, insightful.
What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I prepared poultry for sale at a farmers market one summer. Something about the frozen turkey legs starting to thaw and the fat/veins you’re trimming away starting to get stuck like glue on your arms as you’re cleaning them does something to turn a boy into a man real quick.
Any random fact about yourself you want to share with us?
Had my nose shattered by a baseball during warm ups for the last game of the season during the summer between 7th and 8th grade. Recovering from reconstructive surgery is a great way to spend a summer.
What is your favorite quote?
Most any line from Hamilton. To pick one – “I’m passionately smashing every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation. I’m laughing in the face of casualty and sorry. For the first time I’m thinking about tomorrow.” …although I’ve always thought about tomorrow. It’s just a line that will get one all amped up.
If you could witness an event past, present, or future, what would it be, and why?
Some historical mystery. What really happened to the settlers on Roanoke Island? How did the giant heads on Easter Island come to be? What were they doing with that ancient battery from Babylonian times?
Because that stuff is all bonkers and I want to know what actually happened!!!
Do you have a secret talent?
I am a treasure trove of useless and trivial knowledge. I can’t control it, so that feels like a talent.
What do you miss the most about being a kid?
Summer. We would wake up by 8, play outside until 11, come in to watch the Price is Right (back when it was the bee’s knees with Bob Barker), eat lunch, play baseball or wall ball or build a fort or go to the pool or anything else awesome we could think of until dinner…eat dinner, go back out to do more awesome things, then bed and repeat.
What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Sonic the Hedgehog, the cartoon.
If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be and why?
Survivor. It’s the ultimate game, although the speed at which everyone flip flops and creates/destroys alliances these days, I’m becoming less confident in my ability to keep up. But deep down, in an honest moment, I believe I could hang with the best of them.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
You matter and you are unique. Don’t try to play by anyone else’s rules or be the person people are telling you that you need to be. Take the time and do the work to figure out who you are, what makes you tick and what you’re great at…then pursue those things. And that is a continual process. We are all constantly changing and evolving; asking yourself those questions is a never ending task.
Name one item from your bucket list.
Go to Australia and enjoy their version of nature
If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
To know what I’m supposed to be when I grow up.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Doing the right thing is always the right thing.
What was the last book you read?
I’m in the middle of Harry Potter (my son loves them and has requested I read the first one to start) and I’m in the middle of listening to the audiobook of Finish by Jon Acuff.
Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? Who?
In my youth, I was told I look like the guy who played Aniken Skywalker in Episode 2 and 3 of Star Wars.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People being disrespectful or rude to wait staff at restaurants. Everyone should have to be a server for a year to learn empathy for his or her fellow humans.
What person in your life has had the greatest influence on the person you have become?
I picked up my work ethic and dedication to my family from my dad. Most of it was through osmosis of just watching him as I was growing up.
And I have become the man I am because of my wife, Adrienne. Not because she has attempted to change me or push me in any direction, but because she is so loving, selfless, and giving of herself, that I am constantly doing everything I can to be a better man and husband so I can be the best version of who I can be, because that’s the one she deserves.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know our web developer, Chris!
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