Joshua is a Web Project Manager at Pathfinders who makes work with coding seem joyous. While Joshua is his official name, he came to us with a nickname that he encourages us to call him . . . Shaggy! Yes, the Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame! He acquired the name from his choice of a costume for a college party and the campus – and he – embraced it from then on!
As you may discover, it just fits his joyous and engaging personality. While Scooby-Doo and Spiderman into the Spider-verse compete for the title of “Favorite Movie” they both appeal to him because of the art designs and heart they both demonstrate. Joshua/Shaggy enjoys dressing for an occasion – just check out his holiday jacket worn for our fun holiday sweater photo. Obviously, he brings us joy as well – so please enjoy this glimpse and getting to know more about him.
Joshua’s Motto: I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
What is/was the most fun activity or project with your Pathfinders team?
I love troubleshooting issues that appear on sites. I love it when I get to dig into the code of a site to see what makes it tick. I also love looking at data of websites to discover who is going on them, which pages are getting the most views, and how customers are reacting to the sites. These things help me get a better understanding of the dynamics of a website and what could make it better.
What is special about working in an Advertising and Marketing agency in Mishawaka?
I am not a big fan of large cities, but always wanted to be a part of a large agency. Mishawaka has a little bit of everything without being too big. It has an amazing selection of restaurants from local to foreign cuisine. In the building, I find myself constantly asking questions and find that it’s a huge benefit working for a large talented agency. I’m surrounded by smart people who have different perspectives and passion to serve our clients to our best ability. So, I feel I always learn something every day.
What do you think the future will be for . . .
Marketing – I think it will keep moving into a digital future; we will begin to see less and less print ads as time goes on.
Digital – I see us moving into a much more augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) heavy world. It might be a bit far off until these two forms of media become popular, but if you look into what people are doing with AR and VR now, you can see their potential. Imagine being able to go to a VR or AR website and seeing the product in a 3-D space without having to go to a store! If you are using AR, you could literarily see what a product would be like in your house.
Print – My hope is that print becomes extremely minimal; you can’t click and interact with a piece of paper like you can with a computer! Besides, the less we use paper and the more we move towards digital, the better it is for the trees.
What is your joy as a Pathfinder?
I love being able to hone my craft and make myself a better marketer. I like working hard researching and planning to see projects come to fruition. Having music play in the background, and being able to focus solely on the task at hand puts me in a great zone!
How does your position at Pathfinders feed your creativity?
My coworkers inspire me every day. I’m surrounded by talented, passionate people. When you put so many passionate people in one building, excellence comes out of it. And speaking of the building, it was surprising to me how professional and creative the building is. The design is top-notch and it shows whoever walks through the door that we mean business. My personal space also inspires imagination. The things I keep on my desk are reminders of what I enjoy out of life. I surround myself with reminders of joy and creativity. If I’m ever stuck or in a rut, I look away from my computer and at my desk and I am reminded why I’m here. Legos remind me to keep my childlike wonder and playfulness alive.
Do you have a favorite artist or type of art?
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was unique and amazing! An architect who designed numerous buildings in Barcelona, Spain, his most far-reaching design is the yet-to-be finished Sagrada Família church which he began working on in 1883. The space and concepts made me feel otherworldly due to the scale. The forward-thinking architecture is awe-inspiring and beautiful. It’s a feeling I haven’t felt anywhere else. I am looking forward to the completion of the project which is estimated to be 2026.
Pizza! There is no better food with all the limitless combinations and tastes you can imagine! If the only thing I could eat for the rest of my life is pizza, I would be happy.
What is your favorite dance?
I love swing dance. Mariah, my wife, and I were in a swing dance club in college and have taken a few classes after graduating. We really enjoy it! https://vimeo.com/346930786/84ba70dab7
It’s a tie between emerald green and rose quartz pink. Green makes me energized and happy while rose quartz pink makes me chill.
What is the trait you most admire in yourself?
My favorite trait is my curiosity. I love the wonder and mystery the universe has to offer. I love figuring out how things work.
Things you may not know
Family is a big part of who I am. I love hanging out with my family and my siblings. I have three younger brothers and two adopted sisters. My brothers are all gamers, and the best time I have with them is sitting around a TV playing a video game like Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart.
The back end of computers – how did you first get interested in programming and how one think affects another?
It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I was going to get a graphic design major when I saw that the Web Design and Development major had art classes as well as web programming classes. So – I switched my career path because it offered a chance to include art and more. When I took my first coding class, I discovered that I was in love with code! See example here: https://www.exsurco.com
Other positions different from the present one?
I was a florist in college. It is one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever done! We are looking forward to having a yard and flowers of our own someday. Well, maybe right after we get our own “Mystery Machine!” As far as flowers, my favorite is the orchid. I love the uniqueness of them, plus they are low maintenance. I’ve never actually killed one!
Mariah and I try to go outside weekly and play Pokemon Go! We also play it with my parents and siblings when we visit. It has become a fun family affair and even my grandmother likes to join in the fun!
I am a gamer and collector of video games. Mariah and I have amassed a collection of video games from across the decades of video games. We are two huge nerds that love experiencing new worlds and great stories. Nintendo is my favorite developer because the worlds they create are fantastic and colorful – and they aren’t afraid to experiment with how you play their games.