The Miller Tanner (MTA) difference is our people. That’s why we want to introduce you to our team of superstars that bring our corporate meetings and events to life for our clients. Today we introduce you to Steven Garberg, a software engineer with MTA Technology Services. Steven is one of our tech masterminds behind our event management products: EPICTM, VALTsTM, and AttendTM.
Meet MTA: Steven Garberg
Tell us about your current role with MTA? What are your primary responsibilities?
As a software engineer at MTA, I spend much of my time coding new features and enhancing existing functionality in our event planning applications. I’ve spent an especially large amount of time on EPICTM, our internal event management platform, as well as our learning management system, VALTsTM.
How many years of industry experience do you have and what did you do before joining MTA?
I started freelancing web development about 8 years ago and officially transitioned into software development a little over 4 years ago.
Before joining MTA, I was a full-stack software developer for a hotel reservations company. Before that, I worked for a year-and-a-half as a game developer on an online fishing game and related products.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
What I enjoy most is my team – 100%. They are amazing people to work with and are an invaluable support system for me in the role I have here at MTA.
What’s your favorite aspect of software development?
My favorite aspect of software development is problem-solving; working out solutions to business needs and resolving the issues that cause bugs gives me a very rewarding feeling at the end of the day.
What’s a favorite unique trait of one or all of MTA’s event tools?
It’s most definitely the level of interconnectedness among the tools. It’s an amazing feat to take over multiple individual applications and connect them all together.
What inspires you most when developing new software/technology for MTA?
The knowledge that my work can assist the other good folks here at MTA, as well as our clients inspires me most. It feels good to know that my work has an impact on people’s day-to-day, and I feel like I really push myself to work even harder some days because of that.
Where do you live and what do you love most about your state/city? Any must-see attractions?
I live in Clermont, FL which is just outside of southwest Orlando. There are a lot of great theme parks around here of course, but there are also a ton of different natural attractions in the surrounding area. I personally like to spend some of my weekends kayak fishing at the state parks in the area, which are absolute must-sees.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy fishing, playing guitar, cooking, and tending to my pets – a corgi and several fish tanks.
What makes Miller Tanner stand out as meeting planning company?
Would it be biased if I said our software?
What are some of your favorite tech trends?
I’m keen on keeping up with the latest language features for C#, which is my bread and butter programming language. I’m particularly a fan of some of the “syntactic sugar” Microsoft has been adding to the language, which is shorthand methods of writing code that will allow us to write more concise, readable code.
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