Employee Spotlight: Rochad Tlusty

GreenKey

December 16, 2020

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Rochad Tlusty is a Senior Software Engineer at gk, and based out of our Chicago office. Ro is a technological wizard. Back when the gk team was working in an office downtown, his were the feet you’d see sticking out from beneath the racks and wires in the server room. Here Ro discusses his love for problem solving, bouncing between programming problems in every part of the complex gk stack, and being a team player.

Hey Ro, thanks for taking the time to talk with me.

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your interests outside of work?

I was born and raised here in Chicago, and received my degree in Computer Science from Indiana University. I moved back to Chicago about six years ago, and I absolutely love being back here. When I’m not working I like to spend time with my family– we have dinner together most nights, and game night every Friday. I’m also an avid cyclist, so when the weather is nice I’m usually out riding.

What brought you to GK, and why is it a good fit for you?

I was originally interested in GreenKey because of the technology stack. I was transitioning away from Java development, and saw a lot of opportunity for growth working with languages like Golang, Python, and Node.js. Since I’ve joined, I’ve had some amazing opportunities to work not only on software engineering, but platform and development operations as well. GreenKey is a good fit for me because we are constantly learning and making improvements.

What’s something you’re uniquely good at?

Working with physical infrastructure. As cloud computing becomes more popular, it’s becoming less common to have an understanding of physical servers and networks. This was fortunately something I got to work on early in my career, and has proven to be incredibly useful.

What’s the most important aspect of your role?

Quality of service. Whether it’s creating and testing software, or making sure that the deployment works from end to end. It’s my top priority to make sure everything works together seamlessly and without error.

Do you have a favorite mantra or quote?

“Programming isn’t about what you know; it’s about what you can figure out.” – Chris Pine

Who do you most admire at GK and why?

I think I admire Tejas the most. We have some incredibly smart and talented people at GreenKey, and this is especially true for the data science team. I admire Tejas the most because he is able to bring the data science, engineering, and platform teams together to create truly unique products.