The CEO

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    Tim joined Rustici Software in 2003, adding the exciting LLC part of the Rustici Software LLC name. Mike and Tim had spent several years together at PureSafety collectively deciding what they believed to be good software architecture, great company leadership, and a fun place to work.

    While Tim used to be a software developer, he has fallen gracefully into the role of Rustici Software CEO (Mike is now running Watershed LRS.) If you’re trying to get a plainspoken answer to a SCORM or xAPI question, or just play an inane game, Tim is the right person to talk to.

The Producers

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    When Ben became available on the job market, we jumped at the chance to get him to join us. He’s a legitimate challenge to Mike Rustici’s throne as SCORM wizard and – bonus! – came complete with collar. (We’re not sure he owns a t-shirt, actually.) Ben’s work with Mike on the ADL Technical Working Group had impressed us for years and as SCORM moves through a necessary evolution, Ben adds to our bandwidth on standards development activities. Heck, he wrote the first draft of xAPI.

    Ben is what some folks might call a Yankee and his trips to the Franklin office have involved adventures in grits, fried catfish and turnip greens. He’s also a serious guy who only has one face for the camera, despite David’s best efforts to provoke a different reaction.

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    Joe is here for you, the customer, the prospect, anyone who needs help with SCORM, xAPI, or our products. Part customer advocate, part drill sergeant, Joe helps our customers get what they need and helps projects stay on the straight and narrow. Joe’s also seen nearly as much SCORM stuff as the SCORM Engine, since he’s been supporting it since its inception.

    As milo1973 on Xbox Live, Joe is convinced that Halo and NHL 2009 are ripe for SCORM-ifying. He’s also mostly forgone Ping Pong in favor of Magic: The Gathering. Most of that isn’t accurate anymore, but Joe does still play Magic: The Gathering. He’s also very proud to be employee #1 on the Rustici tenure ladder.

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    Brian implemented the SCORM Content Player and the SCORM Engine against an LMS at his former company Evolve Learning. He was so easy to work with and understood things so well that when he came back looking to work with us years later, we couldn’t ignore him. Now Brian provides that same service to our customers. Brian’s built his own LMSs, and he’s seen the inner-workings of countless customer LMSs.

    When it comes to xAPI, Brian is a real pioneer. He even chooses to spend his time off building his own xAPI projects…he’s even xAPI-ified Minecraft!

    Brian is the first Rustici Software employee to have sons, two of them. At least everyone else with kids has offered the token daughter (Mike and Tim bring five girls to the party.) Brian has been forgiven. Well, sort of.

    Brian is working on software development for Content Controller.

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    Tammy knew what SCORM was several years before she had even heard of Rustici Software, and she’s not even a standards dork. (For standards dorks, see Clark, Ben and Miller, Brian.)

    Tammy also instills fear in Rustici Software employees because she can run, or swim, or bike, forever. We mean it. She’s an Iron(wo)Man many times over! It is this persistence and attention to detail that attracted us to Tammy in the first place. Tammy wears a bunch of hats around here but chances are, if you are a customer of ours, you’ve come into contact with Tammy at some point.

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    We knew that Chris was going to fit in here when he told us stories from a prior job in which he visited various Walmarts, teaching the disinterested staff about how to sell satellite radios. When your job will revolve around explaining e-learning standards and educating people about them, patience and teaching become pretty important.

    Chances are that if you need something from us, then Chris is your man. Chris and Andy round out our sales team, even though our sales process isn’t typical.

    Some might say that Chris is the most innovative pong player in the office.

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    There are many things that could be said about TJ. He is passionate and expressive and has the most distinctive laugh in the building. He can almost always be found with silly putty in his hands. He really, really likes silly putty (although he has ventured out into different brands) and has at least 15 different types in his office. He also is an animal because has a tendency to create a ‘mega wad’ by combining 4 or more putties together at a time. Mega wad is gross is a sight to behold.

    You might be familiar with the concept of describing someone (or yourself) seasonally. Well, TJ used to be an autumn, but recently he’s transitioned into more of a winter, and we feel pretty good about that around here.

    TJ is our Director of Products, which means there are a lot of developers that report to him.

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    Andy is the office jokester — ask him about his puns! (Actually, you don’t have to ask him. He’ll tell them to you. Over and over and over again.) He also collects rubber animal head masks (like this) and his current collection consists of heads of a horse, squirrel, kitten and german shepherd.

    He’s a music fanatic, and currently working on creating playlists to represent his life in decades. He’s feeling pretty good about how ‘My 30s’ is turning out. We’re so happy for you, Andy!

    Andy recently started eating breakfast, and he’s thinking about working out. Andy has stopped eating breakfast and never took the leap into exercising. “It was a fail,” he says.

    Andy helps people understand what SCORM and xAPI are. He’s considered a “salesperson”, but we don’t do sales the way most companies do.

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    There’s this problem. You see, we already have a Brian in the office, so adding a second one just confuses things. So, we’re calling the new Brian “Bobby”. It’s just easier for everyone (except maybe Bobby.) Update: we’ve settled on calling him B Miller.

    B Miller is a big Michigan sports fan, but mainly football.

    He’s studied organic chemistry, philosophy, and business, and seems to be the go-to guy in the office if you have a question about taxes or 401ks or investing… he’s a deep wealth of information!

    B Miller is working with xAPI and cmi5.

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    Nathan’s favorite color is green. Per Nathan’s request, the rest of our interview was off-the-record.

    (Author’s note: Nathan is a developer and a member of Team Delight here at Rustici. We are so glad you’re here, Nathan.)

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    His name is Tim, but we already have a Tim, so what are we going to call Tim Edwards? Tim E? Time? Tedwards? Ted? We’re going to try a few out and see what sticks. We decided on Tedwards.

    Tedwards has taught us that peanut butter is good on hamburgers, and while we’re on the food front, it’s worth noting that he likes to put Sriracha sauce on everything. (Yeah, that’s another hot sauce lover*, if you’re keeping tally.)

    During the first fall in our new office, we repeatedly saw wild turkeys roaming in our back parking lot. Tedwards wanted to get bird seed to scatter about for them, but Tim (Martin, the other Tim) said no. (I guess he didn’t think it would be a great idea to encourage the turkeys to make home in our parking lot, or something like that.) We appreciate that about Tedwards, though. He’s thoughtful, asks questions, and has a big heart. For wild turkeys, anyway.

    He’s in the Dev Ops role, so he’s the one that makes sure that all of our products are always online, working, and that they’re running as efficiently and quickly as they can.

    *See Cody Hazelwood, Josh Hoffman 

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    Matthew made his way from NASA to Rustici Software. Yes, you read that right, NASA. (!!) He might have launched his career at NASA, but we’re glad he landed here with us. (Get it??? That pun is dedicated to you, Andy.)

    Like many of us, he’s a runner, and unlike any of us, he’s a rapper that eats an “everything” bagel with cream cheese every…single…day likes to concoct unique and adventurous smoothies at the office (he’s moved on from bagels, it seems). Unconfirmed witness reports include seeing him add anything from coconut chips to salami in his smoothies. When asked to comment, Matt simply said, “I did, in fact, have 3 pounds of salami in the office, though it was never blended.”

    Matthew works on Team Engine, helping with SCORM Engine integrations, customer support, and some new software development.

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    Yep. It happened. We hired another Donnelly! And yes, they’re related. Ryan is Joe’s younger (more handsome) brother. Rustici Software just got much more awesome.

    Before joining us, Ryan worked in the music industry for 12 years. Click here if you want to keep up with what he’s into these days. He’s also pretty active on Twitter.

    He’s been in a bitter rivalry with Nathan (since 2013), Jim (since 2014), and Kyle (since 2015).

    Ryan is part of our client support team alongside Joe.

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    Jim might just be the most normal one of all of us—he’s a great guy, and you always know what you’re getting with him but it’s all fun and games until you ask him to drive you to Chipotle, and then forget you asked and drive yourself. Of course, that wouldn’t be a thing that would happen at Rustici Software! It just seems like a thing he might not like. 

    Jim gets credit for starting the ‘Rusticians with Bears’ thing around here. What started as an inside joke somehow became our official company mascot, and if you ever tour our office, you’ll see a few bears throughout.

    If you find yourself in downtown Franklin on a Sunday morning, you might run into Jim. He and his wife eat breakfast at McCreary’s Irish Pub on Sundays at 9 a.m., and have weekly since April 2014. He’s only missed something like 5 Sundays since then. He orders the same thing every week, and they start making it when he walks in. That’s dedication, and that’s just the kind of person Jim is.

    Jim likes reading sci-fi and biographies, he likes playing board games, and he plays guitar badly (he said so himself.) Sometimes, if we’re lucky, he’ll bring his guitar in on a Friday and strum around for a bit during our loosely-held late afternoon happy hour.

    Jim is doing software development for Content Controller.

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    Josh has practiced Kendo for many years, which means he probably has a lot of patience and hand-eye coordination.

    He has two retired racing greyhounds, loves MMOs like Destiny and World of Warcraft, his favorite place in Nashville is The Flying Saucer. He is also in competition with Cody for his love of hot sauce.

    Josh is working on Content Controller.

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    Laura is sweet as a peach and probably the the most kind and caring Rustician in the building. The rest of us are lovely people, don’t get me wrong, but Laura simply has a heart of gold. Unless of course she’s trying to negotiate with you on price (or really anything), and in that case, don’t say we didn’t warn you about her! Her ferocity in this department is unmatched.  

    Laura can often be found wearing a smile and a flower crown. She also has a tendency to show up with different streaks of color in her hair on a weekly basis. You just never know what she’ll surprise you with next!

    She once had her own mini-fridge in our office stocked with a personal supply of Diet Dr. Pepper doesn’t ever consume Diet Dr. Pepper. Not ever.

    Laura is our Director of Finance and HR. She keeps a watchful eye on all things related to money and people and usually has somewhere north of 10 spreadsheets open on her computer at any given time.

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    John is one of the few Rusticians that’s a Nashville native…it’s rare to find Nashville natives in the tech industry.

    His interests are very varied, and he likes reading books about any subject (currently quantum mechanics and general relativity.)

    He enjoys backpacking (he used to “disappear” for weeks at a time, until he had a daughter.) And speaking of his daughter, one of John’s favorite things to do is to build ridiculous and funky lego sets with her.

    John rounds out our Dev Ops teams, working closely with Tedwards.

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    Chris decided he hadn’t had enough of Rustici, and joins the team again for his second year. A Nashville native, he joins us from Miami University of Ohio. 

    He’s baaack! Chris interned with us for two summers, and worked part-time with us for a third, and then finally decided he ought to join us full time post-college graduation. We’re excited to have him here as an official Rustician, where he’ll spend his time on Engine development.

    These things are still true of Chris: in his spare time, he enjoys working with cars as well as riding his motorcycle. Additionally, he has dabbled in making his own electronic music. He has a soft spot for dogs, especially Corgis and other short-legged varieties. A newer hobby that he has started to get into is snowboarding. (Update, June 2017: When asked how the snowboarding was going, Chris said, “minus the broken leg this past January, it’s going great!” Hmm. Broken leg. Sounds great indeed…. keep practicing, Chris. 🙂  He says he’ll probably join in on the annual Rustici co-vacationing ski trip, and promises to try and not break his leg if he accompanies the group. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.)

    Chris claims to be an adequate juggler, and might be the only juggling Rustician! We’ll put this to the test and report back. Stay tuned!

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    We’re pretty sure that Kyle is the only Rustician that regularly keeps up with Sri Lankan politics, and he has a good reason.

    Before joining us, Kyle spent a decade in Sri Lanka. He was teaching English and computer classes in a nonprofit school that he and his friends started. Yep. They started a school.

    He considers himself a homebody, even with a passport full of stamps. When not playing My Little Pony with his daughter, or getting beaten at video games by his son, he loves to read and catch up on his Netflix queue.

    Kyle is helping us do Engine integrations, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.

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    Popular Rustici folklore tells it like this: Reid never played much pong, and one day, Tim Martin asked Reid when he was going to get to play a game of pong with him. Reid pointedly and specifically answered Tim with, “July 17, 2016.”

    Now, it should be noted that here at Rustici we like to have fun and celebrate things, so naturally, we quietly recorded Reid’s pong debut date in our calendars and when July 17 arrived, we were ready with custom designed tees, ice cream, and a crowd of Rusticians eager to witness Reid’s big pong debut (and Reid had no idea any of this was in the works).

    Reid played a game of pong that day, but has never been seen with a pong paddle since.

    Reid is also the youngest Rustician, but he’s an old soul. He likes rock/alternative music (and a little bit of metal), cars, video games, and math.

    Reid is working on SCORM Cloud, mostly database things.

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    I’m Hannah and I’m the office manager here at Rustici. No two days of mine ever look the same. One of the hats I wear is that of writing our employee bios. However, I felt like I shouldn’t write my own, so I asked my colleagues for help. Here’s what they had to say about me. For some all of them,  I FELT I NEEDED TO DEFEND MYSELF I’ve added my own commentary in parenthesis.

    “Hannah is the kind of person who will ask you for a ride to Chipotle, but then decide to drive herself while you’re waiting for her.” (Yeah, I don’t really have anything to say in defense of this. It happened.)

    “Despite being a native “English” speaker she can’t understand a single word of English spoken by an English person.” (Accents are really hard for me, and unfortunately I have to call the UK a lot. The struggle is real.)

    “Bag-el” (It’s true, I don’t really know how to say the word bagel. Or vague.)

    “Hannah offers to bring back food items and, sometimes, she does.” (And sometimes I forget to bring back food I offered to get people. I’m only human!!!! People make mistakes!!)

    “Hannah yells at people when she’s hungry.” (Hangry is a real emotion!!!)

    “She once force-fed the entire staff a gluten-free Tiramisu cake after forgetting to refrigerate it.” (Who knew that a cake would melt so rapidly?!)

    “She once stopped talking to me over a disagreement on chairs.” (Sigh.)

    “Sometimes she secretly takes her dog into TJ’s office, because he doesn’t like dogs.” (THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED!!!)

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    Catherine worked with Laura at two previous jobs, and when Laura was looking to hire someone to work alongside her in the accounting department, she knew that Catherine was exactly who she wanted to hire. And boy are we glad that Catherine agreed to come hang out with us here at Rustici! As our accountant, Catherine keeps our books in tip-top shape and makes sure all of our money (coming in and going out) is right where it needs to be.

    Catherine tried skiing once, and has since passionately vowed to never do it ever again. Instead, she’s fallen head-over-heels in love with snowmobiling, and gets as many runs in as she can each year on our annual co-vacationing trip. She also has a great poker face and has been known to come out victorious after a rousing Rustici game of Exploding Kittens.

    When she’s not at work, she spends her time with her 5 year old son, helping to coach his baseball team (he also likes bowling and soccer), and cheering on both college and pro football (her teams are Alabama and Dallas). She also loves Broadway shows, which is another good indicator that she fits right in here at Rustici.

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    Sam is from Guildford, England. He moved to Nashville from London (where he worked in the Gherkin building.) Of course, Sam has a British accent. (Duh.) He shared a funny story when he started with us about how sometimes people think he’s saying ‘Simon’ when he tells them his name. He has since said that sharing that story is one of his biggest regrets, because now Hannah some people pretty much exclusively call him Simon.

    He likes relaxing on the weekends, occasionally going hiking or trying to get in a game of Snooker. He has a German Shepherd named Sampson (Samps), which Sam refers to as a “frenemy”.

    Sam really likes pancakes. He claims there there is a holiday in February called Pancake Day that’s widely celebrated in the U.K. that involves, well, eating pancakes. We still aren’t sure if Pancake Day is a real holiday or not, but we went ahead and celebrated this year just to be safe, and because we think Sam is a good guy and were happy to eat pancakes with him.

    Sam is working on SCORM Engine, and bringing us lots of “Brexit” jokes, which are greatly appreciated.

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    Ryan was born in a small town in Indiana (population 3,000). Chasing a girl (his now wife) brought him to Nashville.

    Ryan is most passionate about his family, but he also really likes sports (Everton soccer, Cardinals baseball, and Hoosiers for anything college.)

    He very loosely identifies as a foodie and a beer snob, which just means he prefers IPAs to Bud Lights.

    Ryan claims that there’s nothing really weird or terribly interesting about himself, which has made him realize he needs to pick up a hobby or two. (He’s open to suggestions!)

    His claim to fame? He’s the great-great-great nephew of Grandpa Jones.

    Ryan will be working closely with our customers as an account manager, and we’re sure that our customers will like him just as much as we do.

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    Around the same time that Suzanna started working with us, a mysterious package showed up at our door. It was a Himalayan salt lamp, and we couldn’t figure out who ordered it. It was Suzanna.

    Suzanna likes reading young adult science fiction, and going to movies by herself. She dislikes standup comedy.

    She has two cats, and manages a Facebook page about cats. She’ll probably let you join if you want to. She also sponsors a bat in a Texas animal rehab center. His name is Mr. Kitty. She’s clearly an animal cat person. (Update, May 2017: Suzanna seems to have been the founding member of the Friendship Feline Fan Club. See Tara Morey for more information.)

    Suzanna is working with our services team and our account management team. That means that if you’re a customer of ours, you might get the privilege of talking to her.

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    Cody is originally from East Tennessee, but MTSU brought him to the Nashville area and he’s decided he likes it enough here to stay!

    Cody really enjoys music. He insists that he doesn’t have a favorite genre or artist and that he listens to everything proudly, with the exception of one artist in which he seems to be a closet fan. We promised not to out him. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate….

    Other things about Cody? He’s a self-proclaimed Pixar fanatic, loves to hike in the Smokies, has a Golden Retriever named Sam and says one of the things he loves most about working at Rustici is that even though the work is hard, the fun we have while doing it makes it worthwhile. Aww, shucks.

    Update: It turns out that Cody really likes hot sauce. Saying that he ‘really likes’ it might be an understatement. There’s a chance he’s never eaten a meal that isn’t doused in a hot sauce of his liking. Our kitchen’s hot sauce inventory has grown since Cody joined us!

    Cody is working on our newest product, Content Controller.

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    We knew Tara would have no problem making herself at home here when we saw her eyes light up at the mention of our annual co-vacationing ski trip. She got engaged in Vail and honeymooned in Banff, so it seems like there’s a pretty good chance she’ll join us on the slopes during our yearly trip. Not only does she love to ski, but she plays games (round of ping pong, competitive card games or the latest video game, she’s in!) and watches Game of Thrones. So, yep! She’s definitely one of us.

    Tara works in an area of our office that we fondly refer to as Friendship Hall. Friendship Hall is not only home to our marketers but also our account managers and sales team. It also seems to be the headquarters to a new and quickly growing cat lovers club. Tara’s cat is named Cole Porter, a.k.a. Cat King Cole, and Tara is the third Rustician in Friendship Hall to proudly claim an affinity for felines. Friendship Feline Fan Club, anyone?

    As our Digital Marketing Manager, she’ll take care of all things data for us including overseeing analytics and advertising campaigns, with one of her main objectives being to support and assist our sales team by generating inbound leads.

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    Kirsty claims to have perfected the chocolate chip cookie. She loves to cook and bake and used to run a lifestyle blog where she featured a monthly cookie test that supposedly yielded this holy grail chocolate chip cookie. We have yet to have seen or tasted any of her cookies in the office, however, so at this time we cannot confirm or deny this cookie rumor.

    She really loves movies and is a regular at the Belcourt. She studied film in college, and rattled off a lot of old, classic films that she loves, two favorites being The Rules of the Game and Window Water Baby Moving.

    As our Marketing Manager, Kirsty leads the charge on our general marketing needs including (but not limited to) managing our PR, content, website and social media. She works in Friendship Hall, but is not a member of the Friendship Feline Fan Club* (for now). (Kirsty has since been quoted as saying, “I will definitely not be a member of that club.”)

    *See Suzanna Best, Tara Morey

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    As the newest member of the Accounting Department, Avery is already in the running for the most beloved Rustician here, because part of her role is to make sure we all get paid. Naturally this makes us have all the heart eyes for Avery!* <3

    She has two young daughters, which she says means she doesn’t have too much time for herself these days, and when asked what she would do with 2-3 child-free hours, she quickly responded with, “SLEEP!” (Psst, Avery, the couch in Team Beef is out-of-this-world comfortable and great for naps. Just sayin’….)

    When she’s not day-dreaming about naps, she really enjoys to spend time with her family and friends and catch up on her DVR. Lately it’s been recording shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice, This Is Us and any/all of the Chicago series. There are a few This Is Us viewers in the building now, which just means that our Wednesday morning post-show recap conversation** has gained another participant!

    There’s just one little problem with the addition of Avery to the Accounting Department. She is a passionate Auburn football fan. Which is all fine and dandy, except for the fact that Catherine, who sits directly across from Avery, is a die-hard Alabama fan. I don’t know much about sports, but even I know that this is a recipe for disaster come fall!!! We might have to temporarily relocate one of them to a different office for a few months. I suspect there will be some good stories to come out of this Departmental rivalry. Stay tuned!

    *Truthfully, we think she’s pretty rad regardless of what she’s here to do.

    **This isn’t actually a thing. Editor’s Note to Self: Make post-show recap conversation a thing.