At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members each month.
Meet Bret. Principal Firmware Engineer, specializing in wireless communications and systems engineering. He likes spending time with his lovely wife and his two boys. He also enjoys any outdoor activities such as running, camping, hiking, biking, traveling, and seeing new places.
What were you doing before working at Punch Through?
I attended Valparaiso University and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree. After graduation, I was in the Peace Corps where I taught high school math, physics, English, and computer skills in a rural village in Tanzania. I got a job working at Starkey Hearing Technologies where I worked on wireless products. While working at Starkey, I earned a Masters in Software Engineering through the University of MN. I was looking for a change and that brought me to Punch Through as a Firmware Engineer.
What is your favorite thing about Punch Through culture?
This is the first small company that I’ve worked at, and I like the intimacy and family feel. My coworkers bring their positivity to the workplace and we have a collaborative nature within the company. Everyone is willing to help and be taught by each other.
Tell me a story about your most memorable moment while working at Punch Through
I don’t have a specific moment, but the company trips are always a positive—to grow deeper relationships with co-workers. This leads to trust and an understanding of each other’s strengths, how we work, and how to better support one another.
What cool or rewarding things do you get to do on a regular basis?
One of the more rewarding aspects of the job is the opportunity to work with diverse clients on a wide array of projects. It’s cool to step in and provide the additional support and expertise they need to help them achieve their goals.
Another opportunity I personally find rewarding is our monthly engineering roundtable. It gives us a chance to learn from each other’s experiences and hear more about what everyone is working on.
What is the most valuable part of your work to you on a personal level?
Ultimately, it’s being able to build and deliver products. It’s satisfying to go from concept to reality. On a personal level, it’s satisfying to complete the project and to know that I accomplished that. It’s a little more significant because it goes to a larger scope, knowing it’s going to help people with the ailment they are suffering from. There’s a positive community impact.
What is different about Punch Through versus other places you have worked?
Punch Through’s engineering design services were new to me. Working with different types of clients has provided opportunities to jump into a variety of technical domains and work with different companies. I get to be exposed to other companies’ development cultures and their various strengths.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
To meet more of the Punch Through Team, read these interviews:
Meet the Team – Karel Kalthoff – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Louis Barrett – Engineering Intern, Summer 2019
Meet the Team – Erin Moore – Hiring Coordinator and Office Manager
Meet the Team – Alec Letourneau – Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Andy Lee – Principal Engineer
Meet the Team – Amanda Nguyen – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Gretchen Walker – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Charlie Kellerman – Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Chee Yi Ong – Senior Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Henry Anfang – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Ryan Kornetzke – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Julian Hays – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Cadman – Senior Embedded Engineer
About the Blog Series…
Great culture builds great products. Some of the ways culture is expressed at Punch Through are through authenticity, autonomy, and experience. The individuals at Punch Through not only build great products, but they are the culture. The individual team members aren’t defined by their past or title. They’re encouraged to be true to themselves, learn from each other, and grow professionally and personally.
It’s essential to get to know the people behind the projects and to understand how culture plays a vital role in everything we do. To help get inside the heads of the genius behind the brand, we’re launching a “Meet the Team” blog post series. Each post will feature one of our talented team members where you can get to know them on a bit more personal level, and see how their contributions make Punch Through what it is today.