Halo Highlight: Matt Gehrisch
“Halo Highlight” is a series of interviews showcasing our unique and talented team members. This week, we sat down with DevOps Manager Matt Gehrisch to learn more about his role, the company culture at Halo, and where he likes to travel.
Tell us about your role
I lead the DevOps team here at Halo. Our team has two main objectives. The first is supporting and operating the production service and its underlying infrastructure. That includes keeping the Halo platform running and reliable, deploying new releases, and maintaining the security of the system. The second objective is supporting the Development Team with the tools and processes they need to complete their work and deliver new features as quickly as possible.
What part of the job do you like the most?
It is hard to pick just one thing! I love working with new technologies, continually improving the product, and managing the security of the platform, to name a few. In a lot of organizations, security is handled by a separate team. Unfortunately, with those silos in place, security is considered too late in the process and often results in roadblocks and compromises. At Halo, I have the opportunity to integrate security into every step of the process from planning, to product development, to service delivery.
Why did you come to Halo?
I wanted to work on something that was bigger than me and that would really have an impact on our society. The healthcare industry was at the top of my list. We are all affected by healthcare in some way, either ourselves, or our friends and families. When I looked at taking a position with Halo, I liked what the company was doing, what the role entailed. Their mission to use technology to help improve health care and save lives resonated with me.
What would employees be surprised to find out about you?
In what seems like a past life now, I thought I wanted to be a high school band director. While majoring in music at Ohio State, I helped some of my friends who were teachers run their band camps and music programs. Through that experience, I realized that it was not the career for me. I wasn’t sure that I had the patience for it, and I saw how much time and energy was required outside of the normal school day during the school year, not to mention all of the work during the summer to prepare for the upcoming year.
Where do you like to travel and why?
I don’t get to travel much, but I love anything north or in the mountains. I was recently fishing in Upper Peninsula Michigan. I dream of going to Alaska, Colorado, or Montana. I love the outdoors and like to go fishing and camping. I also love winter, so I like areas that have real winters with lots of snow and sunny blue skies where you can get out and embrace winter with outdoor activities like snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or ice fishing. It makes me sad that we don’t get a real winter in Central Ohio.
If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would you choose?
Mike Rowe would be at the top of my list. I love the work that he is doing around bringing back the trades and encouraging people to learn new skills to stay relevant in our economy. College educations are so expensive and young people are leaving school with huge amounts of debt. Many of the trades like electrical and plumbing can’t be automated easily, and we need trained and skilled people in those positions. Mike Rowe is showing people that there are still options for an honest day’s work.