Hello there! My name is Cory, and I am Globalme’s Strategic Account Manager. My role is to keep customers happy, to keep an eye on the work that is in progress, and to ensure we have a steady stream of incoming projects. I am also focused on process and workflow creation and improvement, and help out with Project Management and Engineering tasks. My background at Intel (where I met my Portland partner-in-crime and Sr. Localization Engineer, David, and Emre, our Co-Founder) means I can leverage the wealth of relationships I had fostered there to do my job more effectively. Anyways! Let me tell you a little bit more about myself.
I was born in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. I moved to Portland, Oregon with my parents when I was just 13 and have lived here ever since. Despite the weather (I swear it’s not so bad once you get used to it), Portland and its reputed quirkiness stole my heart; I don’t plan on moving away anytime soon. It’s a great city for food and music, and close to both mountains and the ocean. I went to Lewis and Clark College where I studied anthropology and sociology. After getting my degree, I found my way into the localization industry through a friend of a friend. I was eager to move away from the demanding restaurant work I did in college. Plus, working with computers (and sitting down all day) seemed like a nice change of pace.
My first localization job was as a Project Assistant at a small company in Portland. Though my initial goal was trading a hot kitchen for a “computer job”, I quickly found the mix of culture and technology in this industry to be fascinating. The opportunity to work in a multicultural environment gives me the chance to learn from different perspectives every day. My studies in the social sciences had piqued my interest in cultures around the world, and that dovetailed nicely with this new line of work. That said; after almost 2 decades in this diverse work environment – I still haven’t learned how to appreciate football (that’s ‘soccer’ for my American friends). I’m working on it though. Furthermore, technology never gets stale; there is always something new to learn about because it is constantly evolving.
My favorite thing about working at Globalme is the autonomy that employees have to solve the business challenges we are faced with. Furthermore, we are provided with the access to tools to solve those challenges, good communication between employees and founders, and a forward-looking, flexible environment; all of which is key. After over 10 years in a corporate environment, the amount of freedom we have to get things done is refreshing. Down the line, I would like to see Globalme continue to grow the localization work that we are doing; to connect it to the work we’re doing with data collection and emerging technology. Ultimately, I want Globalme to become the central company that other companies go to before putting a new device on the market.
Here are two truths and one lie about me. Take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I’ve eaten a BBQ’d guinea pig
- I have foiled a robbery
- I used to be a volunteer elephant washer in the Portland zoo