John Tramel

Employee spotlight: John Tramel

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Years at Deem: 8.5

Where are you from, where are you now, and where are you going?

Born and raised in San Jose. After spending time in San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, I’m now across the bay in Alameda. Next stop is not yet known.

What brought you to Deem?

I was lured here by some friends who said they were working on something interesting. Without a doubt, it has been interesting. That’s what’s kept me here.

What is your title and how do you define your role at Deem?

My title is Sr. Manager, Interaction Design. As a member of the User Experience Team, we try to design applications that people can use… without swearing too much.

What’s your icebreaker at a cocktail party?

One question, “Pie or Ice Cream?”

What are you passionate about?

Music, the good kind. And we can argue about that if you’d like.

Who’s in your dream night out squad?

The cast of Saturday Night Live from 1976 including John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, and Gilda Radner. Shenanigans.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday afternoon?

It depends on the time of year. Could be at a kid’s softball game or a Giant’s baseball game. Might be in the mountains or boogie boarding on the coast. There’s often some sort of wine making activity.

Who would your celebrity partner be on “Dancing with the Stars?”

That’s a TV show, right?

What was the last book you read, movie you saw, and/or video game that you crushed?

My latest readings include the thriller “Irrigation Management of Winegrapes with a Limited Water Supply” by Terry Prichard and “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” by David Sedaris.

What have you learned at Deem that improved you personally/professionally?

Perspective. The biggest mistakes I’ve made are from not having enough perspective. In order to concept solutions for a system, it’s important to understand the interrelation of impacted parts. Seems obvious enough. The trick is to take the time and effort to apply it consistently. This is a work in progress.

What’s one of your greatest personal memories of working on Deem’s product or participating in its culture?

We occasionally have epic beer tastings at the office. The best ones are when we have the biggest turnouts. New beer, new faces, and new stories.

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