Employee Spotlight: Corey Barss

corey-barss-work-headshotThe FIELDBOSS team is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep FIELDBOSS exciting and fun.

This week we shine the spotlight on Corey Barss, a Senior Application Consultant at FIELDBOSS. Corey will celebrate his five-year anniversary at FIELDBOSS in August.

Corey grew up in Bradford, Ontario but currently resides in Toronto. Prior to working at FIELDBOSS he attended Ryerson University and graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree.

When Corey isn’t busy being awesome at implementing FIELDBOSS, he can be found playing rugby for the Balmy Beach Rugby Club in Toronto. He is definitely sports obsessed and loves playing, watching, and reading about the analytics behind each game.

Read on to find out more about Corey.

 

What do you love most about working at FIELDBOSS?

The thing I like most about working for FIELDBOSS is the ability to be a part of building something from the ground up. I am able to have my opinions, designs and thoughts heard and utilized through the product development lifecycle.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? What is the number one challenge you face in your role?

My current role allows me to start with an idea and see the results of our hard work on the end user. Analyzing a customer’s current business process and developing a solution that can help them work more efficiently and lead a happier work life is an amazing feeling. Being trusted by a business owner to deliver such a solution comes with a lot of pressure but when the final result takes place it makes it all worth it.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

My job allows me the privilege to travel very often. One of the greatest places I have travelled to in San Diego. Sometimes you just go to a certain city or place and connect with the culture right away. For me, that was San Diego; the beaches, laid back lifestyle, weather and of course the endless supplies of breweries may have a part in that as well.

What TV shows/music/apps are you currently obsessed with right now?

I am currently obsessed with podcasts and sports talk radio as I am often working by myself and travelling. When in Toronto I listen to TSN Overdrive every day to get my fix on the Toronto sports scene and am consistently reading sports blogs. I also listen to a variety of podcasts such as TED Radio Hour and Revisionist History to give myself a sports break every once in a while.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

If I had to choose I suppose it would be Elon Musk. I have been reading a lot on him recently and find his business ventures extremely interesting and think he would be someone worth speaking with.

 

 

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Employee Spotlight: Carolyn Berger

cbThe FIELDBOSS team is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep FIELDBOSS exciting and fun.

Carolyn Berger is a native Torontonian and one of the very first FIELDBOSS employees. She currently works as the Manager of Office Administration and has been at the company for over 19 years (WOW!). Prior to working at FIELDBOSS, Carolyn worked as a manager in Fashion and Retail. She had the amazing experience of living in England and Vancouver before settling down in Toronto with her husband and two children.

When Carolyn isn’t busy being awesome at servicing our customers or hosting our happy hour drinks at her beautiful house across from the office, she can be found cooking, baking, playing tennis, and enjoying family movie nights.

Read on to find out more about Carolyn.

What do you love most about working at FIELDBOSS & how long have you been here?

I have been at the company for over 19 years (YIKES!). I love working with the people at FIELDBOSS. And I also love working with our customers. I’ve created many wonderful working relationships with many of our clients over the years – despite having never met face to face.

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

Israel – aside from the unmatched beauty/ancient and modern history and fascinating people…it’s where I met my husband.

What TV shows/music/apps are you currently obsessed with right now?

Anxiously waiting for the new season of HOC. I also can’t stop listening to Hamilton.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

My Dad and grandmother. I would love to catch them up on their (great) grandkids. Both have been gone for over a decade.

 

 

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Employee Spotlight: Edmond Lopez

el-headshotThe FIELDBOSS team is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep FIELDBOSS exciting and fun.

Edmond Lopez is a Project Manager for the ERP team at FIELDBOSS. Edmond was born in Newmarket, Ontario but has lived in Toronto most of his life. Prior to working at FIELDBOSS, he worked as a Senior Financial Systems Analyst, concentrating on implementation process improvements.

Read on to find out more about Edmond.

What do you love most about working at FIELDBOSS & how long have you been here?

I joined FIELDBOSS in February 2015.  What I love most about working here is working with great people who are both highly intelligent and motivated.  There’s definitely an entrepreneurial spirit within FIELDBOSS that is quite energizing.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? What is the number one challenge you face in your role?

What I enjoy the most is getting to know our clients and understanding their businesses.  I’m always learning something new with each project.  The biggest challenge I face is having to change course on a project when things don’t go according to plan but that goes part in parcel with project management and overcoming these challenges leads to greater successes.

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

The best place I’ve travelled to is Hawaii for my honeymoon.  Hawaii is just a beautiful, interesting place and it was great to spend some quality time with my wife.

What TV shows/music/apps are you currently obsessed with right now?

I’m not the biggest TV guy but I absolutely cannot miss Raptor games leading up to the playoffs.  Music wise, I’ve lately found myself listening to a lot of 70’s funk for whatever reason.  I also really enjoy listening to the ‘Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe’ podcast because it’s entertaining to listen to people who seem much smarter than I am.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

I’d honestly love to have a drink with my dad who passed away just about 10 years ago.  It would be great just to have a chat with him again.

What do you like doing in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a big sports nut so I enjoy playing various sports.  I’m also a big fan of all of the Toronto sports teams and the Buffalo Bills, so I’m sad most of the time!

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Employee Spotlight: Jeff Winters

newsletter_photo_jeffThe FIELDBOSS team is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep FIELDBOSS exciting and fun.

Jeff Winters is an Application and Infrastructure Consultant for FIELDBOSS. Jeff is originally from Strathroy, Ontario and has worked at FIELDBOSS for a very long time, over 15 years!

When Jeff isn’t busy at work, he can be found at home spending time with his wife and three children. With that being said, Jeff always finds the time to attend our FIELDBOSS happy hours and can be spotted riding around the city on his motorcycle.

Read on to find out more about Jeff.

What do you love most about working at FIELDBOSS?
The people I work with (both teammates and customers) are great, but the opportunity to make a significant positive contribution to so many great businesses is what I love best.

What is your favourite FIELDBOSS Feature or what aspect of FIELDBOSS do you find our customers love the most?
The Resco mobile client – it is so configurable and flexible, empowering us to make a big difference for our customers.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
That is tough, and I have to say it is three-way tie between Scheveningen, Netherlands (dining by the sea, the cheese, the seafood), the islands of Friesland, Netherlands (bicycling out 10 miles to the beach and then later back into the village for dinner and a glass of wine when the cool Ocean winds picked up), and Granada, Spain (the amazing history and architecture).

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?
William Sylvester Harley  – he drew up plans for the first Harley motorcycle at the age of 19.  I’m sure he’d have a few interesting stories.

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Employee Spotlight: Rosela Quebec

roselaThe FIELDBOSS team is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep FIELDBOSS exciting and fun.

Rosela Quebec is the Support Queue and Report Writing Specialist for FIELDBOSS. Rosela has worked at FIELDBOSS for over 7 years and has spent thousands of hours writing and training on Management Reporter and its predecessor product, FRx.

Rosela recently completed a financial conversion and reporting project that deserves some major credit. She was dedicated to a single client for a 4 week period with a very demanding schedule over the winter holidays. When she’s not busy being awesome at supporting our customers, Rosela can be found exploring the Toronto culinary scene, particularly the ones with delicious buffets.

Read on to find out more about Rosela.

What do you love most about working at FIELDBOSS?

I love working at FIELDBOSS because of the amazing work culture. The company is very family oriented, and I feel like it’s my second home!

What did you do before you came to FIELDBOSS?

I was working as a GP application consultant in the Philippines. Once I migrated to Canada, my first and only employer has been FIELDBOSS.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I’ll pass on this question for now, but I won’t pass on the drink!

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Since I am a beach bum, the best place I’ve traveled to is Boracay, Philippines. I won’t ever get tired of going back to that magnificent place! However, I might change my mind after I visit Bora Bora in Polynesia – this is still on my bucket list for now!

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FIELDBOSS Welcomes Josh Ford

joshFIELDBOSS is excited to welcome Josh Ford to the team as a Junior Consultant. Josh was born in Durban, South Africa. Prior to FIELDBOSS, he studied Business Commerce at Ryerson University and worked as a senior accountant for Russian Standard Vodka. Outside of work you will find Josh working out, taking road trips, and playing various sports and video games.

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New Development: Two Elevators in One Shaft

5016fc3a984f4211b6db542d7bb73f7f_23H51LV_1_iphone_streamThe magazine Wired recently penned an article detailing a very cool new development in the world of vertical transportation. The engineers at ThyssenKrupp in Germany have developed a new way to have two elevator cabins within a single elevator shaft; they call it Twin. The idea is that you can save space and become more efficient by grouping multiple elevator cabins in one shaft. This methodology fits in with the overall office space philosophy many leading companies are adopting: trading spacious suburban office parks for swanky high-rises downtown. The extra room offices are afforded in suburban industrial parks is exchanged for a chic downtown locale, however this means that these companies need to economize on space being used in order to fit the same amount of people in the smaller new space.

The invention is dependent upon sophisticated software that groups elevator movement based on who is going where. Instead of pushing the button to be dropped off, these elevators take into account the destination of passengers and organizes passengers based on this information. Wired reports that ThyssenKrupp claims the new system can move 40 percent more passengers than conventional methods. The new system also comes with enhanced safety features. Software ensures the elevators never come closer than at least one floor apart to ensure smooth rides. Both cabins are also equipped with automatic emergency brakes as well as electronic safeguards built into the software.

This new technology will likely be adopted quickly by the mass market if it performs as well as ThyssenKrupp is saying it does. Wired reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology has ordered five of the Twin elevator shafts in a new building to be completed in 2018, and more will probably be on their way after that.

TWIN is one of the newest developments in the world of elevators, but definitely not the last. The elevator industry is constantly changing and thrives on technological development. The good news is that a flexible Elevator Contractor Management Software Solution can accommodate these changes by adding or changing custom fields, so any new modifications can be integrated into your business.

Contact FIELDBOSS to discuss how we can help your Elevator service company with our intelligent and flexible software solution.

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FIELDBOSS in 2015

happy-holidayFIELDBOSS had an incredible year, with some epic achievements.

  1. Our second version is out and it’s fantastic. We added a lot of new functionality, cleaned up the design and improved our mobile solution.
  2. We can implement our out-of-the-box solution faster than ever so if you are sitting on an old quote, we recommend you call us for an updated one.
  3. For elevator contractors, we now have configurable inspection and violation tracking so you can all stay on top of those dates and stay away from those fines.

FIELDBOSS Product 2016 New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. More out-of-the-box reports.
  2. New ways to track health & safety, and training. We are pretty excited about this because they are easy fixes for big headaches.
  3. Enhanced scheduling for companies with complex scheduling needs.
  4. Updates to the service activity form.

FIELDBOSS Staff 2016 New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Get those time sheets in before the Friday quitting time horn goes off.
  2. Tweet less under the table during company meetings.
  3. Get through the year without needing a cell phone screen repair.
  4. Never miss a bug bash.
  5. Come up with much more clever Skype for Business what’s happening today status lines.
  6. Ride shotgun with a client field tech.

All of us at FIELDBOSS want to wish you and your families a healthy and prosperous 2016!

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Unique Car Elevator ­for Porsche Design Tower in Miami

miamiporschepenthouseIf you consider your car to be a work of art, then you then you might want to consider buying one of the few remaining oceanfront apartments in Miami’s Porsche Design Tower. The condo will house three robotic elevators that deliver both the driver and their car right into the home while parking their car in the showcase styled garage. Residents will be able to see their cars from their living room. Although automated parking garages are nothing new, this is the first residential car elevator where you can stay in your vehicle. The elevators will weigh about 40,000 lb each and travel upward at 800 fpm. Each elevator is air conditioned and has fire-suppression capabilities.

When a resident drives into the complex, the car is scanned and proceeds onto a turntable. With the car’s engine switched off, the turntable aligns with the glass elevator capsule that uses a robotic arm to pull the car into the elevator. But don’t worry, laser scanners will ensure the arms don’t scrape the vehicle’s paint job.

Upon reaching the desired floor, the same arm will then park the car in the apartment sky garage, delivering the owner to the front door. While riding in your luxury car to your luxury apartment, you can use the 45 to 90-second ride to take in the panoramic ocean views and watch the in-elevator TV giving new meaning to the term “drive in”.

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