Umbrella has continued to grow, bringing on seven new employees over the past few months. With an infusion of new blood, we thought it was a good idea to introduce Arash Kamwand, a member of our Reactive Operations team - and you may have seen him on-site.
To get to know him better, Arash agreed to answer the following questions:
Q: Before Umbrella, what was the weirdest job you’ve had?
A: Working as a Brand Ambassador for a beef jerky company. The work wasn't weird per se, but being stationed in small towns means word gets around quick – especially if a guy is handing out free jerky. Soon enough, I had trucks full of people expecting me to fill their vehicles with free jerky. Those were tough and disappointing conversations to have.
Q: What is your role at Umbrella?
A: I work as our Reactive Operations On-site Systems Administrator, where I work to strengthen our client relations by providing the best possible IT experience to our clients in person.
Q: Favorite line from a movie?
A: "Mr. Madison, what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul." - Billy Madison
Q: Your desk is always cleaned off – are you this organized at home?
A: Yeah, I'm a pretty organized person. Being organized gives me perspective on how crazy life is getting. So, if my desk is ever messy, it's been a long week.
Q: Why a career in technology?
A: As a kid, I got a Wii and the first Spiderman game. I spent a whole day feeling like I was Spiderman just because I would swing the controllers back and forth to control Spiderman swinging on his webs through the city. I remember feeling absolutely anything was possible if I could feel like Spiderman. That was the moment I was truly inspired by technology and began to pursue an active interest. To this day I still feel almost anything is possible with the right technology.
Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Depends how much work I need to get done.
Q: A skill you’re working to master?
A: Mountain Biking. Obviously, there are not a ton of mountain biking options in Kansas, but over the years I've spent a lot of time practicing on the few trails we have in KC. I try to visit Colorado once or twice a year with friends to shred up some of their gnarly mountain trails.
Q: A skill you hope to one-day learn?
A: Surfing. I have taken a stab at it the few times I have been to California, with success few and far between. I plan on taking surfing lessons the next time I make it out to California.
Q: Describe yourself in a hashtag
Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
A: I also work as the Systems Engineer for Intel's True View 3D Camera System at Arrowhead Stadium. During Chiefs games, you may notice two or three replays where the commentators analyze a 3D replays. Those images are created by my team. A large part of my job is making sure the 3D camera system is up and running, troubleshooting a never-ending assortment of hardware/software problems, and deciding which plays are worthy of a 3D replay. The 38 cameras installed around Arrowhead feed image data to our control room where, as I like to put it, the magic happens. There's a variety of 3D content that we produce in-game, but one of my favorites is our Be The Player videos, where we create a 3D replay that allows you to view real game footage from the perspective of any player (especially Mahomes).
Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
A: I have been a die-hard Chiefs fan my whole life, so I would have to make a 30-for-30 about the Chiefs franchise turmoil over the past ten years. The documentary would start at the end of the great Dick Vermiel/Trent Green/Priest Holmes era. It would then detail the darkest Chiefs years with coaches Herm Edwards, Todd Haley, Romeo Crennel and quarterbacks Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton, and Brady Quinn. Then a bright transition to the hopeful signings of Andy Reid and Alex Smith only to dwindle from the tragic Chiefs' playoff losses over the past few years. Finally, the Chiefs find their savior and MVP in Patrick Mahomes, who is having the most incredible season by a QB in Chiefs history and the story is to be continued...
A big thank you to Arash for participating. We are excited to have you on the team!