One of our core values here at Presence is engagement in the community.
It’s why we do things like lead technology workshops at senior living communities, host tours of our headquarters for student and entrepreneur groups, and give our team time off to volunteer for organizations that they’re passionate about.
One of our most salient community partnerships is with the Suncoast Developers Guild (formerly known as Iron Yard). SDG trains students of all ages in the skills needed to become a programmer. When students are done with the program, they show off their new skills with a capstone project. Our Founder & CEO, Reuben Pressman, even serves on the advisory board for SDG; he works specifically with diversity & inclusion and career development efforts.
So, it should come as no surprise that we’re so excited to welcome our newest engineer — a Suncoast Developers Guild graduate — to the Presence team. World, meet Taylor Cox, our new UX/UI Engineer!
Taylor is our second hire from Suncoast Developers Guild, and we’re thrilled to have her on our team. Let’s get to know her with some Q&A:
Q: What lead you to Presence?
After touring Presence’s offices as a student at The Iron Yard (now Suncoast Developers Guild), I initially became interested in the work the team was doing and the products they were building.
Fast forward about two years, and I reconnected with [Presence’s Founder & CEO] Reuben to find a great opportunity to combine both my design and development skills with the chance to expand my knowledge into new technologies.
Q: How do you see this position fitting into your future career? What benefits or experiences do you hope to gain from working at Presence?
I’m looking forward to getting more interaction with a team of developers on a daily basis. In past roles, I’ve either been the only developer translating my own designs or working across departments with a developer team. Knowing that I’ll be working hand-in-hand with a team as talented as this one has me pretty excited.
Taylor is pretty excited to start working at Presence (and to be petting this deer in Nara Park).
Q: Where did you attend school? What was your major(s)? Were you involved with any co-curricular or extracurricular activities?
I received my bachelor’s degree from Butler University, where I majored in digital media production with minors in strategic communication and art and design.
I served as the president of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, a Panhellenic recruitment counselor, a photographer for the campus newspaper, and a co-director of an on-campus video news show. Each summer, I spent countless nights running a video camera in the dugout of the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) as part of the television production crew.
Q: Why are you excited to be a part of the Presence team?
I feel like my role and responsibilities are somewhat uncharted territories for the company to where that opens up so many possibilities of how I can help shape the overall efforts for user experiences going forward. I’m excited to work with a team full of information that I can translate into meaningful interactions project over project.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Within the community, I volunteer as a co-organizer and instructor for kids coding classes through Suncoast Developers Guild and serve on the Suncoast Developers Guild’s advisory board. I also act as a track captain for Tampa Bay Startup Week, serve on the leadership teams for Women Who Code Tampa and Tampa Bay Women’s Tech Network, and speak at local meetups and conferences on design and front-end development.
When I’m not sharing my passion for teaching technology without barriers, you can find me playing Pokémon GO or crying tears of joy while riding the Frozen ride at Disney World.
Taylor and her fiancé Adam hanging out with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
Q: What is something you’ve always wanted to try? What are some goals you have in the future you’d like to accomplish? Why?
Long term, I’ve always wanted to start my own apparel line incorporating my own illustrated designs. Short term, I’m working on creating a Pokédex built in React featuring custom illustrations of my interpretations of each Pokémon.
For both of these goals, I see an opportunity to combine so many of my interests into full-fledged products with room for learning new skills and technologies along the way.
Happy first day, Taylor! We’re happy to have you on #TeamPresence.