Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Andy Hoiles
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series of interviews with Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Andy Hoiles, Senior Software Developer with the State Software Support Team.
- What’s one of your favorite movies?
The first movie that comes to mind is the series of Back to the Future movies. The first one is my favorite.
- What was your first paying job?
I was a bagger at Meijer. It was a brand-new Meijer, and I started working there before the store opened. For a while, they paid me to look busy cleaning the store before the grand opening. On the day the store opened, I went to work expecting to bag groceries, but instead my manager put me out on the floor selling gas grills. It was a very unique way to get my first experience working with a customer.
- If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
I can play guitar, but I will say that I wish I could play it better. I’m decent but not that great. I would love to be able to play some of the songs I like instead of the basic country songs I can play.
- What’s your favorite indoor or outdoor activity?
I like to walk. My wife and I go outside and walk almost every night. I really enjoy playing sports and practicing with my kids. I enjoy being outside, active, and helping my kids to get better. I also enjoy bike riding.
- If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza! That’s an easy one. My youngest son would be right there with me eating pizza every day. For his 11th birthday, he wanted a pepperoni pizza that was just his. It was only his to eat, including the leftovers.
- What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
Just hanging out at home, really. I’m a homebody. I would prefer to spend most weekends at the house watching movies and hanging out with my wife and kids.
- What personality traits do you share with your relatives?
I share a lot of traits with my mom. We’re both quiet, introverted people. I’ve been told that I’m a lot like my mom.
- What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done, and why did you do it?
The scariest thing I’ve ever done was getting on a rollercoaster at Cedar Point. It’s not my thing, but I did it because my brother needed someone to ride with. On that day, I got used to the coasters, but I haven’t ridden one since.
- Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?
Yes. I used to never like green beans, but my wife loves them. So, over time, I have grown to like them. I guess that happens when they are served at most meals.
- What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Do what makes you happy, and you will enjoy every day.
- What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
I usually walk the dog. He’s already waiting on me when I get up. Only heavy rain keeps me from it, and I enjoy it because it gets the day going.
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a professional athlete. When I was a little kid, I lived in a neighborhood with other kids, and we were always playing football, baseball, and basketball. I usually played these sports at recess, too.
- What energizes you about your career?
Just knowing that the software we’re working on is a vital piece to the school districts. The software we work on impacts districts throughout Ohio. It’s a very strong motivating factor to realize that what I am working on each day impacts so many people.
- Ideally, how would you spend your birthday?
I would spend my birthday at a gathering with the closest people—something low-key with my family and a few close friends.
- What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
I probably would be doing something with sports medicine. I didn’t really think about that as a career growing up, but I’ve met a few people in the field. I’ve always been involved in sports, so when I heard about people working with the athletes, helping them train and working with their injuries, that would have been interesting to me.
- What three traits define you?
Quiet, thoughtful, caring, understanding. And apparently rule breaker because I gave you four.
- What is your personal philosophy?
Treat others as you want to be treated.
- Describe a win from the work you’ve done.
The USPS rewrite in general is a win. It is satisfying to see it being used by the districts. To be a part of that process of rewriting the software and seeing it functioning as intended by the districts, I believe we did a pretty good job with it.
- How do you define success?
I define success as being happy with where you are at in life, enjoying the people who are a part of your life, and being grateful for the talents you are given.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
My favorite thing is the people that I work with. The USPS team has phenomenal people. Anytime an issue comes up, I can talk to any one of them and they at least make an effort to help me in any way they can. It’s like that with the whole SSDT and with the people I have met within the larger Management Council as well. It’s a really great group of people.