Recently Joe Skertich joined Blue Stingray as a Director of Business Solutions. We set down with Joe for a chat — and this is how it went…
You’ve lived in quite a few places. Where are you from, originally?
Joe: I’m originally from the Chicago suburbs. I lived in Chicago through grad school and in Los Angeles for five years after that. Then, I spent a three month stint in Louisville, a year in Spokane, and the last three years teaching technology at a small liberal arts college in rural Missouri.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Joe: I love to travel and explore the national parks and hiking trails in each new place I visit. So far, I’ve been to 35 states and 18 countries. I enjoy playing the piano and have composed music for a variety of freelance projects. Lastly, I enjoy swimming early morning laps with the older adults at the community center. My wife says it’s one of my many “old man” hobbies.
What is your favorite movie?
Joe: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Great story, iconic score, and plenty of childhood nostalgia.
What is your favorite band?
Joe: Currently Tedeschi Trucks, although that could change by next week.
What do you look forward to as a new Director of Business Solutions of Blue Stingray?
Joe: Bringing more structure and efficiency to the workflow and helping identify new opportunities for growth. I’m also looking forward to the end of the pandemic so that I can finally meet the rest of my colleagues.
What motivates you the most?
Joe: I’m an extrovert, so developing relationships with colleagues and clients is the most rewarding part of the job.
What would be your best advice for aspiring graduates?
Joe: Don’t expect things to be handed to you, or for anyone to walk you through challenges in life. You have to learn to see opportunity in adversity and have a sense of perseverance and resilience.