The fourth installment to getting to know the Hermits better! Here is Russell Mangum everybody!
What is your official job title?
Day job: Senior SharePoint Developer for a Healthcare Management Company
For Hermit Haus: Chief Technology Officer
Is this what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Well, there’s a philosophical question… Of course, it assumes I’ve grown up…
My first major in college was Biology, because I wanted to be a veterinarian. Two years in, I switched to French, spent a year abroad in southern France, came back to the U.S., enlisted in the Navy to learn Russian, and flew on planes while spying on the Soviets.
I managed hotels for a couple of years before going back to grad school for an MBA in Marketing. I was a technical trainer and project manager at UT, where I got to participate in the SharePoint Beta Project with Microsoft. Then went to OCS for the Army, where I ended up doing Information Security. I did French-speaking enterprise support for Dell in Ireland for three years. Then I did technical training again for four years, where I got travel so much I had to have pages added to my passport. Everywhere I went, I would find the SharePoint server and develop solutions in whatever environment they had. I also tend to end up in training in some capacity.
So, to answer your question—yeah, I guess—I just didn’t know it when I was young.
Did you have a defining moment when you knew that you were in the right career?
Ha! I answered the previous question before reading this one. I don’t regret the meandering path my career has taken. I’ve had lots of adventures and will have tons of stories to bore people with when I’m old and rambling.
What is your favorite kind of dessert?
Armagnac is my go-to. If they don’t have it, then—cheesecake.
How did you spend your summers growing up?
I grew up in Abilene, and there’s an entire Facebook group called “You know you’re from Abilene when…”
Abilene’s a nice, safe place to grow up, so the fact that we spent our summers outside caused our parents no worries—riding bikes, playing basketball on the school grounds, making up games with the other kids in the neighborhood.
Lots of summer camps—Scout camp at Camp Tonkawa, swimming lessons, tennis camp (didn’t stick).
In high school, I always had a summer job and started getting serious about my running.
From Mandi: He can also come up with an acronym for anything!!
From Sue Ann: If enough people ask, maybe we’ll get him to share why he is a laundry man.