Employee Spotlight: Glenn Rodgers, VP of Production

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 8, 2016 8:33:18 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Arduino, Employee Spotlight, engineering, exploring, fishing, forest preserves, General, Glenn Rodgers, GPS readers, graphic panels, Grid Connect, GW, Internet of Things, IoT, LED strings, metal, microprocessor, Mike Justice, ping pong, product manager, production, Quick Panel HMI, retirement, sales, table tennis, Tech Support, technical writer, Total Control, wood

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About 12 years ago, Glenn Rodgers and Mike Justice sat in an empty building and Glenn made a little, paper sign that said "Grid Connect" and hung it on the door. Glenn and several other employees worked for the next four months without a salary until the Grid Connect business got going. It's clear that Glenn has been extremely dedicated to working for Grid Connect from day one.

Prior to joining the Grid Connect team, Glenn was the product manager for the Quick Panel HMI product line at Total Control. He started with them as the technical writer, then developed the technical support group and training department, and attended trade shows in support of the sales team. Glenn worked there for 14 years until GE bought the company. At Grid Connect, Glenn now concentrates his efforts in support of the production department and some support for engineering. When it comes to working at Grid Connect, Glenn likes the constant stream of new challenges and products... and of course the table tennis. "Grid Connect has grown to become a leader in new technologies. I see a new generation of smart devices and applications that will propel us to become a major player in the Internet of Things (IoT) arena."

Glenn spends a lot of his spare time fishing and exploring local forest preserves. He likes creating things from wood and metal and designing things on a smaller scale, like fishing lures. Glenn still works with his Arduino microprocessor and sets up different maker projects, like LED strings, GPS readers, and graphic panels. Glenn looks forward to retirement in the next few years and continuing to be part of Grid Connect's new growth the IoT space.

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Employee Spotlight: Mike Justice, Founder and President

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 4, 2015 8:11:53 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, Lantronix, Mike Justice, networking productst, ping pong, Synergetic, technology

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Grid Connect-5028-3Mike Justice is the Founder and President of Grid Connect. Before the Grid Connect, Mike founded Synergetic Micro Systems, which was later acquired by Lantronix in 2001. After working on the Lantronix team for a couple of years, Mike decided it was time to form another company. Grid Connect was founded in 2003 and has been selling and creating great networking products and technologies since.

Other than Mike's everyday duties to keep Grid Connect running smoothly, he spends a lot of time in different parts of the company helping to create a better and more efficient place to work. If Mike is not in his office, you can find him in an engineering meeting, helping make marketing decisions, or even vacuuming up the warehouse! Mike's favorite part of Grid Connect is being able to watch his employees grow and have fun. "As a family business, it is important to have great people that treat Grid Connect like part of their family."

Although you can find Mike dominating the ping-pong table almost daily at Grid Connect, one of his favorite hobbies outside of work is playing ping-pong too.

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Employee Spotlight: Jonathan Witthoeft, Software Engineer

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 20, 2015 8:42:03 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in bags, BLE, Bluetooth, electrical engineering, Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, Jon, Jonathan, marriage, ping pong, software engineering, Tech Support, ZigBee

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Jonathan Witthoeft has been working with the Grid Connect team for the past five years. After hearing about Grid Connect from a friend, he applied for a technical support position while finishing up his degree in electrical engineering. After spending three years leading tech support at Grid Connect, Jon has fully transitioned to a software engineering position where he spends much of his time working on various ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) projects.

Beyond spending his time working with ZigBee and BLE and taking the occasional tech support call, you can find Jon playing ping-pong with the Grid Connect "A" League or playing (and usually winning at) a game of Bags. Jon says that his favorite part of working for Grid Connect is the people. "Everyone in the Grid Connect family is friendly and easy to work with. It makes a great atmosphere to get work done and keeps us all happy and productive."

Jon was married less than a month ago to his beautiful wife. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Game of Thrones with his wife and their fur babies as well as attending movies and sporting events, and spending time with friends.

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Congrats to Adam Justice, Grid Connect's 2014 Ping-Pong Champion!

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 5, 2015 2:25:04 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, General, Mike Justice, ping pong, ping-pong champion

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Every winter, Grid Connect has a singles ping-pong tournament among some of the best players in our office.

This year, we are excited to announce Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect, as the 2014 champion!

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Our runner-up was Mike Justice, President and last year's winner of the annual ping-pong tournament.

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Ping Pong at Grid Connect Builds Team Spirit and Confidence

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 27, 2014 3:55:24 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in employees, Featured In, General, ping pong, pingpong, sports, team spirit, work

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Companies of all sizes arrange for their employees to participate in office-related sports. But at small companies such as Grid Connect, those pastimes can become an obsession. With just a handful of employees, everyone is expected to get involved, says Mike Justice, President of Grid Connect. Even Justice joins in on the fun.

Sports in a small company can take on another crucial role too -- keeping employees bonded and reminding everyone of the all-in-this-together spirit.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal or download the PDF now.

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Grid Connect Plays Ping Pong: The Google Glass vs. GoPro Edition

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 14, 2014 12:48:19 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in employees, General, Google Glass, GoPro, Grid Connect, ping pong, pingpong

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