Work-life balance means something different in a technology start-up. For us at Mersive, it means that all those late nights and weekends are balanced by dedicated downtime, family time, and generally playing as hard as we work. Getting that balance right means you have a vibrant innovative company that remains creative, happy, and ultimately more productive. It also means your company can, and should be composed of individuals that are, at their core, very different but complement one another with their different strengths. We work hard to foster cohesion and encourage collaboration between people who, passing on the street, may simply wander by one another. I’ve found this is easier to do when you support work-life balance. I’d like to think our internal focus on collaboration and creativity is reflected in the ones and zeros that make up Solstice software.
Lewis Roetto is an employee who embodies the spirit of Mersive as much as any employee in the company. Lewis has been on the Mersive team for a little over 3 years – he joined as Solstice was being launched at the Demo conference and has been with us throughout the explosive growth years. Lewis represents what every company should look for in a sales engineer, and critical mix of technical capability and friendly demeanor. His unique skill set has allowed him to grow from a sales engineer to being a technical liaison between our sales team and customers and partners.
Lewis has gained a reputation as the “wild card” of the company – more of that “work life balance”. Some of his more notable exploits include taking part in a dance-off competition at Interop (he was the only unpaid and male participant), managing to convince a restaurant to give out free wine at one of our events, and leading a group of partners into sneaking into the Peabody hotel pool. Lewis has become the official ringleader of Mersive in all sorts of good clean fun.
So, without further ado Everyone, meet Lewis Roetto
Where are you from?
St. Louis, MO
What brought you to Denver?
My wife got transferred by her job from Omaha and I came along for the ride. Since then, I never looked back.
What made you decide to become a Senior Sales Engineer/Support Manager?
I like the variety of different technical challenges and new and cutting edge techniques to meet those challenges. I also like being able to work with customers and figuring out ways to help them quickly and efficiently.
How did you land at Mersive?
I wanted to leave my previous employer after the size of the company got too big. I discovered an open position at Mersive and was excited to work in a startup environment. Mersive gave me the opportunity to use my technical know-how while still being engaged daily with customers.
What has been your favorite project to work on here at Mersive and why?
My favorite has been the release and maturation of Solstice. When I started, it was still known by its code name and was just an exciting idea. Over the last couple of years, seeing the growth of Solstice and the acceptance the market has shown has been nothing short of amazing!
How have you seen the AV industry change since you joined Mersive?
I have seen an evolution of AV and IT convergence. Seeing the industry adapt and embrace the IT world is a fairly new development and one that I think will continue to merge in the future<
What’s one thing you think people may not know about Mersive that they should know?
Probably the incredible level of dedication each and every employee has for the company. It is very invigorating to work with people like this as it inevitably will rub off.
From an industry stand-point, what do you think the AV industry is challenged with overcoming?
Getting away from the older methods and embracing new technologies. There seems to be a hesitation in the AV world to adapt to new technologies that I feel has always encumbered the industry as a whole.
What blogs or news sites do you read religiously?
Everyday Companion, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, The Big Lead, Fishful Thinker
What motivates or inspires you?
My wife and 3 sons are my main motivator. Seeing them all healthy and happy keeps me motivated and going strong every day.
What do you geek-out about?
Little League baseball and fly fishing. I am the head coach for 2 little league teams. It is great working with the kids and seeing their successes. With fly fishing, I study entomology and will even tie flies river side based on what bugs are active that day/hour. I use it as my form of mediation.
Who is your technology/science hero and why?
It would probably be my 5th grade science teacher, Mr. Grasser. He spent two days elaborately describing the science behind farts. As a 5th grade boy, this was incredibly interesting. He taught in a way that allowed me to take in his teachings while still allowing me to think outside of the box. His methods and love for tech/science has stuck with me to this day.
What was your first technology gadget that impacted you – one that sparked your interest in the world of tech?
My family’s Commodore 64. I remember loading games off of floppy disks and thinking “this is the greatest invention of all time!” It really opened my eyes to what technology can accomplish and since those days, I have not been disappointed!
If you could only have ONE gadget, what would it be and why?
Definitely my Android smartphone. Having a mobile computer for all things necessary when travelling or at home, makes life much easier. Being able to change ROMS and kernels also makes it easy for me to develop a robust tool I can use for much more that phone calls.
Did you have a nickname growing up? Want to share it? (Disclaimer: This may become your new nickname at work.)
95% of everyone I know calls me Lew. A very few others like my grandma and mom call me Loop. My grandpa called me that ever since I was a kid, and for some, it stuck.
Are you a coffee or tea person? Beer or wine person?
While I prefer coffee, I do like tea as well. Same with beer or wine, but my favorite is single malt Scotch (preferably from the Islay region).
If you could see any band (past or present) who would it be?
I would probably go back and see Miles Davis and John Coltrane in the mid to late 1950’s.