Meet The Team: Bill Pike, Senior IT Specialist
February 11, 2022
Tell us a little about yourself, Bill!
Hello World! I’m from a small town on the Burin Peninsula named St. Lawrence. Newfoundlander born and raised. I’ve been in the IT support game for over 2 decades (eek). Typical big ol’ IT geek! I like gadgets, Scifi, comics, games, you name it. Bit of a homebody, so I spend a lot of time with my wife, son, and German Shepherd—they are my best friends. Finally, I’m a bit of a hugger so this pandemic has been ROUGH!
How did you first get into IT?
Like most people of my generation in IT support, I finished a developer program. Most of the jobs at the time were in support and I’m thankful for it. It’s then I discovered that IT support was more my jam. I get to use and support technology, I get to play with new and emerging trends, and I’m able to help people in an area a lot of folks find intimidating. I still love my programming roots though.
Why did you first join CoLab and what are you most excited about?
It was a wild emotional ride joining CoLab. I was already in a company with a team and role that I loved, so my first reaction was to shut down the idea. After some reflection and a great many chats with trusted friends I decided to test the water, and I’m glad I did. The chance to take lessons learned over 20+ years and help a young company taking off like a rocket, helping to build an IT program from the ground up—these are the challenges I wanted to experience. This company has made me a believer. I’m all in!
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
If we’re talking about a pleasant island that meets all my needs and turns out to be a super relaxing vacation type thing, I’d bring my family (including doggo) so they could soak in the relaxing lifestyle, too. Other than that I think I’d bring a Kindle—a piece of tech without the distractions of modern social media or mind-numbing videos. Fill it with hundreds of books covering scifi, fantasy, classic, technical, and self-improvement genres. Give me that and a large hammock and I’ll be fine.