Founder Q&A Part 1: Get to Know Marty
How did you get into computer programming?
I kind of backed into a MIS major in college. I had bounced around from physical therapy to urban planning to business, etc. Nothing really seemed a great fit. My older brother was getting a degree in computer science, and my mom wisely suggested that I try a couple of computer classes and see how they went. I took the Intro to Computer Science class with Dr. Hopkins at Mankato State University and was hooked!
What’s your earliest memory of working with computers?
I took a programming class in high school (this was back in the Apple 2E days), and Mr. Nordsiden taught us how to program using BASIC. I wrote a “Black Jack” program for my final assignment and… it almost worked. As long as you only took one card you were safe. If you took two cards it would blow up. Funny story: Adrian Wolfe demoed his program after mine. He had a working Pac-Man game. Pac-Mac, Inky, Blinky, Pinky… the whole thing. It was amazing that a 15-year-old kid in high school could cook that up on an Apple 2E.
What did you do before starting Maverick?
I worked at various companies in the Twin Cities as an Automated Software Tester.
What’s your favorite programming language and why?
The .Net framework is fairly easy to learn and I like the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Visual Studio IntelliSense makes writing and debugging code easier.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my wife, Denise, and our two sons. The boys are both involved in football, soccer and swimming. They keep us very active. I’ve loved watching them grow into the young men that they are today and look forward to seeing what comes next.
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