This is the 18th post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read our last interview with Emily Giacalone, from Production Support, here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team
The spotlight this month is on Bradley Korn, who took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer our questions!
Q: What is your job here at DME?
A: I am currently the Lead Software Developer responsible for the Intelligent Production Network (or IPN), which allows order integration with any commerce system, and places orders into the production system. During my tenure at DME, I have also been responsible for leading the development of the early phases of the DME Connect system, which allows our customers to host web-to-print ecommerce solutions, which incidentally feed orders to the IPN. I was also very active in the far-reaching revamp of the DME Business Management System (or BMS) that occurred during my first year at DME. In addition, I have served as its Lead Developer since that time. My daily tasks involve monitoring and tracking bugs for all the above systems, as well as guiding the development of new features for all the above systems. I also act as the liaison between the Application Services group of software developers, and the help desk technicians in the Information Technology group to coordinate on help desk tickets concerning the applications we support.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What is the most challenging?
A: The most enjoyable part of my role is being able to see the systems on which I work being actively used. As I walk through the halls and offices of DME, I see the applications I mentioned above being used by many of the employees at DME, and that makes me proud. Among the most challenging parts of my role are the following: providing an accurate estimate of time and work to address a bug or new feature of a system, translating the technical speak that I have to deal with every day into the language of that my customers (both internal and external to DME) can understand, and juggling the always changing priorities that come from the business leaders at DME.
Q: When you’re not hard at work, what do you do in your free time?
A: I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly historical and religious works, and mostly about Western History and Religion. I also watch plenty of movies and TV shows, and spend a lot of time at all parts of Walt Disney World. In addition, I do plenty of strength training, but fall short when it comes to cardiovascular exercise.
Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?
A: Pure red, which is the color of passion, and if you are at all familiar with me, you know I have that in spades.
Q: If you were a super hero what would your powers be?
A: If my sister were to answer that question on my behalf, she would say I was already a superhero and that my power is the ability to instantly bore anyone out of their mind. If I had to pick, it would be time travel, much like Dr. Who does. For those who don’t know, he is a time lord, and can go anywhere in time, provided he uses his TARDIS.
Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
A: There are so many different places on the space-time continuum I’d like to visit, that it’s hard to choose. But, if I’d have to choose, I would go back to the deepest, darkest years of what historians call the saeculum obscurum (Latin for the Dark Age), roughly from around AD 900 through AD 1050, when all of Europe (which had been the light of civilization) was dragged into a ditch from which it would take centuries to crawl back out of. I most wish to know if there was actually a Pope Joan (which would have been during that time period), because most historians agree there wasn’t, but you never know…
Q: What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
A: Anything I brought would be a waste. Maybe a soccer or volleyball. I am too much a creature of civilization. I would never be able to last as long as Tom Hanks did in Castaway. Wilson!
Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: My favorite book to read is most definitely the Bible. I have a large collection of Bible versions, mostly in English, but I also have Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Bibles as well. I have many different formats of the Bible as well, Jewish (Old Testament only, and in an order foreign to most people), Catholic and Orthodox (maintaining the Apocrypha in position normally), and the most familiar Protestant, the usual 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New Testament. I should point out that I read and study the Bible as an academic pursuit, as literature, not for devotional or spiritual purposes.
Q: What makes you laugh the most?
A: Honestly, there are so many things that make me laugh, it would be hard to pick either one or a few. See my answer to number 13 below, because Amy Schumer is hilarious. And, I guess there’s also that scene from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, when Jim Carrey has to get out of the fake rhinoceros…
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect Disney pins (from Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, primarily, although I do have some from Disneyland in California and Paris), I have lots of coffee mugs (the latest are the Starbuck’s You Are Here series), and my biggest collection is of Bibles, as mentioned previously. I also have many volumes of Bible commentary, and books from Jewish tradition, like the Mishnah and the Talmud, which are, for Jews, the foundational equivalent to the New Testament for Christians.
Q: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: When I was a child, my mother often made both liver and kidneys (beef), and I’ve had my share of things like blood sausage and head cheese. I’ve eaten eel, squid, shark, frog, and grasshopper, so take your pick. And FYI, most of that isn’t kosher, if you’re wondering.
Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?
A: My mother was raised in a good protestant family, but converted to Judaism before marrying my father, who was raised in a Jewish family (in one of the most Jewish parts of Queens, Bayside, or at least it was back in the 50’s), so my family has a set of mixed traditions. I gather with much of my family and friends in Fort Lauderdale for Passover every year, (where I’ll be going on April 22 for the first seder this year), and then I gather with other family and friends every year at my uncle’s place outside Baltimore for Christmas. I love spending time with my family.
Q: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
A: I would really love to talk to Amy Schumer. That woman is absolutely hilarious, and she came out of nowhere just a couple years ago. From being the hack invited to do the Comedy Central Roasts (successor to the old Friar’s Club Roasts, if you remember those), to starring in not only her own movies, but her own comedy series, in just two years… I just want to know how.
Q: What’s your favorite type of food?
A: Well, on the back of my DME business cards (which, my apologies to Mike Panaggio, I sometimes forget to carry on my person) it says Prime Rib. And that is certainly my favorite meet dish, especially when served with a nice large baked potato with butter and sour cream, and preceded by a traditional Caesar salad, made table-side, with coddled egg and anchovies (because otherwise it’s not really a Caesar salad). Jackie Gleason would be proud (although he’d want to caviar on toast points too), as would my dad. So there, you got my whole favorite meal as well.