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 Brent Johnson, embedded firmware engineer, who is primarily involved with developing and writing firmware for connected devices. When not at work, Brent enjoys running, music, and video games.
What were you doing before working at Punch Through?
After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in computer engineering, I began working as an embedded systems engineer for this small startup in Fargo involved in aerial mapping payload for drones. I was at the company for about 2 ½ to 3 years when I happened upon an opportunity at Punch Through and made the move.
What is your favorite thing about Punch Through culture?
My favorite thing about the culture is how all the values culminate in supporting the people employed at Punch Through. People do their best work when living their best lives, and that’s what you get at this company. They make it really easy to maintain a work-life balance. Those values have also helped build an environment where it’s easy to be with and talk with your coworkers. Everyone is encouraged to proudly be themselves.
Tell me a story about your most memorable moment while working at Punch Through
As far as my most memorable moment at Punch Through goes, it would have to be my second day with the company. My first day was pretty typical. My second day, on the other hand, was the company trip. I was kind of thrown into the deep end of the pool – or at least that’s what it felt like. It was pretty intimidating to all of a sudden find yourself hanging out and doing some karaoke with everyone. But it ended up being a great experience. I had a chance to get to know people outside of the work setting, which isn’t something you often do when new to the team.
What cool or rewarding things do you get to do on a regular basis?
Just getting to work with firmware is rewarding in and of itself. You get to make things “move” with code. How cool is that? It’s also really rewarding to work with our clients and on the devices that they’re trying to bring to market. This stuff has the potential of bettering people’s lives.
What is the most valuable part of your work to you on a personal level?
On a personal level, the learning opportunities have been the most valuable part of my work here at Punch Through. Actually, the opportunity to learn was one of the main driving forces for joining the team. Being the only systems engineer at my past employer didn’t give me any day-to-day exposure to other engineers. Working at Punch Through has given me the chance to learn from others in my industry. Though we work on specific projects, there’s a lot of support available. It creates this almost collective experience to learn and grow in the field. That’s definitely been valuable.
What is different about Punch Through versus other places you have worked?
One of the biggest differences between Punch Through and other companies is the emphasis on an ego-free environment. I really appreciate that aspect about this company. When working in an ego-filled environment, it can prevent learning. That’s simply not the case here. How this company operates really helps facilitate learning from one person to the next. It’s very supportive.
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 – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Amanda Nguyen – 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
Meet the Team – Bret Hassler – Principal Firmware Engineer
Meet the Team – Emily Hinderaker – Marketing Specialist
Meet the Team – Ashish Derhgawen – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Elaine Skaare – Project Manager
Meet the Team – Tia Hannes – Associate Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Dunham – Principal Systems & RF/Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Kruger – Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Grunenwald – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Alex Bourdage – Associate Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tina Hanly – Admin Assistant
Meet the Team – Mike Waddick – President
Meet the Team – Matt Rengo – Executive Vice President
Meet the Team – Jason Sheard – VP of Engineering
Meet the Team – Michael Twohy – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Andrew Shannon – Firmware Engineer
Meet the Team – Alec Werning – Firmware Engineer
Meet the Team – Ty Gasiorowski – Mobile Software 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.