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Team Spotlight: Jim Forristal

Team member:

Jim Forristal

What is your position at FlightStats?

Networking Operations Manager

What made you interested in what you do?

I have always been drawn to how things work. I am fascinated by the physical aspects of my job. My undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering so it was a natural fit for me to move into cables, switches, routers, and physical infrastructure.

How long have you been working at FlightStats?

5 years

How has FlightStats evolved since you started?

There have been a lot of changes over the years. FlightStats was a completely different place when I started working here; however, all of the changes have been for the better. We have improved our infrastructure, our codebase, our staff and our internal processes. Many things have been dramatically improved.

What do you like about working at FlightStats?

The people. The technical challenges. The location. The dress code. My coworkers’ excellent choices in beverages are a nice bonus too!

What’s the best part of working in Networking Operations Manager at FlightStats?

If you like physical infrastructure, then this is the role for you. If you want to go to the data center, set up the Amazon infrastructure and then tie it all together so works as a cohesive entity, then this is your job.

What are your hopes for our company?

I do hope that Flightstats retains its sense of culture and continues to be innovative.

What do you do in your free time?

Rock climbing, snowboarding, beekeeping and gardening. My favorite thing is to go to Mount Hood Meadows with my seven-year-old and watch her compete on the ski team. Also, I have been organizing this street painting event in our neighborhood for the past four years and it is a lot of fun.

Any other fun facts you want to share?

I won a blue ribbon from the Orchid Society for growing orchids. Before I moved to Portland, my little house in Ohio had a greenhouse attached to it and I had about 100 different orchids growing in there.