For our most recent installment of our “Meet the RocketBuilder” series, we bring you Connor Hess, Technical Project Manager. Throughout his career, Connor has always found himself bridging the gap between clients and tech teams — communicating effectively in both technical and non-tech terms. With his foundational knowledge in technical architecture, product planning, and business analysis, he improves all aspects of a project from start to finish. He makes his presence felt in the office everyday with his homemade goodies, winning smile, and customer-centric focus.
Q & A with Connor Hess
Q: What is your role at RocketBuild, and what does it entail?
A: Technical Project Manager. I am involved in day-to-day interactions with clients and the dev team translating business needs into product features.
Q: What three words might people use to describe you?
A: Humorous, earnest, curious
Q: What got you into your career?
A: I don’t know if there’s really an easy answer to this… I just try to always learn new things and help those along the way. I try to make sure I believe in the work I’m doing, as well as myself, and the rest tends to follow.
Q: Describe your educational experience?
A: I graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Sales Management
Q: Describe your professional experience?
A: I have spent my tech career working in small tight teams. I have always found my skills best served acting as a bridge between the technical and business sides of projects.
Q: What is your current favorite coding language or framework?
A: I dabble only when necessary in the front-end languages: HTML, CSS, and JS.
Q: What’s your favorite type of project or client to work with?
A: I feed off the energy of my team, more so than content of the work itself. As long as I can get that feeling of bumping shoulders working with a great team, I’m happy.
Q: What are you super passionate about?
A: I’m a big Brandon Sanderson fan. I love the Stormlight Archives and Warbreaker.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I love to cook and tend the garden in the summer. Normally you can find me on a couch with my wife and dog, watching tv or reading.
Q: If you had to stay up all night for a hackathon, what drinks and snacks would you need to keep you going?
A: I’ve been known to finish an entire gallon of goldfish if the mood is right.
Q: Favorite local lunch spot?
A: At risk of giving my favorite spots away, I’ll just drop a plug for Burritos and Beer. Think of it as like a family owned chipotle—line style burritos and bowls to go.
Q: Favorite band or artist?
A: Big jazz fan, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Mangione, but I’ll say my favorite is a Canadian synth-pop artist named LIGHTS
Q: Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
An isolated cabin in Moss, Tennessee
Q: A fun fact about yourself:
A: I enjoy collecting vintage manual wind watches and jazz vinyl records.
Q: A random fun fact?
A: A person’s belly button ecology is as unique as their fingerprint.