WP Valet Profiles – Eric Hoanshelt – Chief Technology Officer
Our team at WP Valet consists of 15 talented people (and growing) who have some interesting backgrounds and specialties. In this new series named WP Valet Profiles, we’ll be featuring individual team members that make what we do here possible.
In addition to giving public recognition to our fellow teammates, we hope this series will serve as an example of how one thing can lead to another with your own personal and professional career paths.
As you’ll see in this series, some of our team has been with WordPress since the very beginning and some were brand new to the platform before working with WP Valet.
We think this mix of experience and skills puts us in a unique situation to serve our customers.
Describe your position at WPV and what you do.
I’m the Co-founder and CTO. I manage and build our internal systems and make sure that our client sites can co-exist within our customized structure.
What did you do prior to working at WPV?
I was a Janitor for awhile when I was 16-19 years old and going through college. I loved it! Sounds gross but it was super easy and I got paid well.
I then became a web designer/webmaster at a travel company where I learned a lot of DBA tasks from my manager. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit so I decided to start my own company which I then sold.
When and how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I don’t remember the exact details, but I become familiar with WordPress when I was working on my degree. I really dove deep into the platform when I started my own company.
What is the most important reason for regular WordPress maintenance?
What is the most important reason to get regular maintenance on your car? To keep it running efficiently and smoothly.
The same for WordPress and your business.
What has been your most challenging moment while working at WPV?
Starting this company was the most challenging.
Mason and I were the first employees of the company. Mason was still at his full time job while I did the day to day stuff at WPV. That was A LOT of work and was a definitely a challenge.
All worthwhile of course!
What’s your favorite WordPress-powered site or project and why?
Startupweekend.org. Simply because they pushed WordPress to an awesome potential. It’s not just a website but a full-fledged web app.
What’s your favorite YouTube video as of today and why?
Well, it’s a bit self-promoting but my favorite video is something I made in MS Paint and Windows Movie Maker when I was 13 years old. Brace yourself if you love Penguins or Linux;)