Meet MTA: Jon Shipman, Senior Software Engineer

The Miller Tanner Associates’ (MTA) difference is our people. That’s why we want to introduce you to our team of superstars that brings our corporate meetings and events to life for our clients. Today we introduce you to Senior Software Engineer Jon Shipman our Kansas-based associate working behind the scenes of MTA’s Technology Services Team to ensure our proprietary event technology tools offer an agile, optimal solution for our customers and our team.

Meet Senior Software Engineer Jon Shipman

Tell us about your current role with MTA? What are your primary responsibilities?  

I’m a software developer. I create new features and fix issues for applications such as EPIC, VALTs and Attend

How long have you been with MTA?  I have been with MTA for 1 year and 7 months. 

What did you do before joining  MTA?

I worked for a home builder in Houston, Texas for about 7 years. Prior to that I worked at NASA for about 13 years where I developed software for use in NASA’s Mission Control Center and on board the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Also, during shuttle missions, I worked as an OCA (Orbiter Communications Adapter) Officer.  In that position, I interacted with the network of laptops onboard the shuttles.

Jon in space shuttle training cockpit at NASA’s Mission Control Center

What do you enjoy most about your job as a software engineer?  I enjoy fixing things and making folks’ lives easier. 

Where do you live and what do you love most about your state/city?

I live in the middle of nowhere in rural Kansas. I love the peace and quiet, and nature.  In my part of Kansas there are lots of hills and trees.  It’s really beautiful. 

What do you do for fun? I’m always building things and improving the landscape around my property. 

What makes MTA stand out as meeting planning company? 

I work with an outstanding group of folks. Miller Tanner Associates stresses work/life balance and they really back that up.  It’s a great place to work. 

What are some of your favorite tech trends? 

I like that everything is trending “lighter.”  MTA is trending toward mobile-friendly and less data-heavy interfaces for our users.  This will not only make using our applications more flexible, but by making them lighter they’ll be easier to use and perform better as well. 

Why do you think that the MTA Workshops are important? What do you get most from this time together? 

In general, you can imagine that tech folks tend to lean towards being introverts.  It’s good to get us out of our shell every so often!  It’s also great to meet and see our teammates in person.  We communicate and deliver really well working remotely, but if we get to spend a little time with our coworkers in person, it really enhances our communication when working with them online. 

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