Getting to Know Cellular Sales: Meet Jason Roberts- Graphic Designer

  1. What do you do for Cellular Sales?

    Jason Roberts

I am a graphic designer. I work on print media like flyers, mailers and posters, as well as digital content like social media graphics and ads for the BrightSigns (digital signage media players) that are displayed in all the stores.

 

  1. What do you enjoy about working at Cellular Sales?

The people at our company are some of the best I have ever worked with. Creativity and fun are encouraged as part of our office culture. I feel like the company does a lot to promote positive morale in the workplace.

 

  1. Can you share a particularly satisfying experience or proud moment from work?

When the COO, JT Thome, emailed me and told me I “absolutely rocked” on a project I did. That felt really good.

 

  1. What do you like about Cellular Sales that sets it apart from other companies?

Again, I work with an amazing team who all have great senses of humor. I enjoy coming to work because I know it will always be fun. And I think the company does a great job taking care of its employees.

 

  1. What was the most unusual, interesting or fun job you had prior to joining Cellular Sales?

My dad owned a bowling alley while I was growing up, so when I was a teenager I worked in the back fixing pinsetter machines whenever they jammed up.

 

  1. What are some of your hobbies?

Film, video games, printmaking, travel and playing with my dogs

 

  1. Do you have a good story about your team or something funny that happened at work?

All the Nerf gun fights are pretty fun.

 

  1. What kind of phone do you use?

I have a Google Pixel. I used iPhones for many years, but wanted to give Android a shot.

 

  1. How did you end up working for Cellular Sales?

A former professor told me about the opening. I was originally hired as the graphic designer for the Contact Center. I worked exclusively down there for about ten months before becoming a part of the Creative Services team.

 

  1. How are you different now than when you began your career with Cellular Sales?

Personally, I just got engaged. We recently bought a house and we’ve adopted two golden doodles, Buckley and Murray. Professionally, the experiences I’ve had in this position have definitely helped me grow as a graphic designer, especially in learning new areas like user experience, email design and corporate design as a whole. I have been very fortunate to learn new concepts and techniques through online training, conferences, and from my very intelligent coworkers.

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CodeStock 2017 is a coder’s Bonnaroo

CodeStock is an annual gathering for self-professed “geeks” to exchange ideas, discuss bleeding-edge web techniques and share best-practice enterprise software development. It’s Mark Zuckerberg meets Steve Jobs meets your IT guy. Hosted in Knoxville, Tenn., CodeStock 2017 happens May 5-6 and features 75 speakers covering 100 different topics. It’s not a trade show peddling products – it’s more of a think-tank experience for sharing knowledge in an industry where an open exchange of information can lead to digital brainstorms and technological breakthroughs. Click here to get tickets and be a part of this year’s event.

According to Justin Bornhoeft, IT asset manager for CodeStock sponsor Cellular Sales, the software development community in Knoxville is a tight-knit group where everyone gets to know everyone else.  CodeStock is a great way to keep our team sharp by exchanging ideas with other experts.  It is also a great place for other developers to learn about Cellular Sales.

“You want to be the place where people want to work,” said Bornhoeft. “We’ve been building a culture that attracts ideal team players.”

Cellular Sales has been involved with CodeStock since its inception ten years ago. In addition to sponsoring this year’s conference, CS is sending 18 attendees for professional development. These web dev enthusiasts will divide and conquer – attending and presenting at different sessions and then bringing back their collective experience to share internally.

This year CodeStock is partnering with CodeTN and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for CodeStock Academy, a day-long coding camp for area high-school students. After a morning of skill-based focused instruction, participants will have hands-on access to advanced computing systems as well as Virtual and Augmented Reality tools. Click here to buy tickets for this year’s CodeStock Academy.

 

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Destination Apps for the Perfect Trip

No matter where you plan on taking your summer vacation, there are a few apps that make for a must-have travel partner. Next time you’re on vacation, make sure you pack these apps with your things.

National Parks by Chimani (Android, iOS)

The outdoors is their passion. Combined with a love of technology, Chimani created top-notch apps for exploring our National Parks. You can download the one for all national parks, or its apps specific to dozens of national parks. The apps feature an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, maps, up-to-date content, and high-end photography.

Trip Happy

TripHappy‘s guides are sourced from over 25,000 real traveler itineraries and reviews covering over 12,000 cities worldwide, so you can be sure the info you get is accurate and up-to-date. See where other travelers go – and where they don’t – to create a customized itinerary to fit your own personal tastes.

Field Trip (Android, iOS)

The Field Trip app alerts you to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. When you’re near something of interest, the app automatically displays a card with details about the location, and it can even read the info to you. Customize the feeds to learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun.

Hotel apps

Save some time and maybe a few bucks using the hotel’s app to book a room, check-in, and even find special offers. Check out the following list of hotels that have apps to utilize:

 Open Table (Android, iOS)

Reservations

Make your reservation instantly and free at thousands of restaurants anywhere in North America, England, Ireland, Germany, Australia and Japan. Not sure where to dine? Search for your favorite dish, what’s nearby, or how many are in your party. Read reviews, photos, and menus, then book your table.

Resy (Android, iOS)

Grab a seat

Headed to New York? LA? DC? Resy is the primo restaurant booking app for some of the biggest metros in the country. Want that booth on Friday at 8p.m.? Go ahead, it’s only 2 taps away!

Grub Hub (Android, iOS)

Delivery/takeout

Staying in? Headed home? Get some take-out or delivery right from your phone! GrubHub knows what places are nearby, and can find whatever you’re in the mood for, like TACOS! Want that delicious pizza from the other week? Just reorder it from your app! In a hurry? No problem, just pay for your order then and there so you can grab-and-go.

 

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