Crew Close-Up: Shaun Oshman

shaunThis man in charge is unlike most bosses you’ll find out there. His passion for people and assisting them in understanding technology, coincides his “zen” personality to produce a pretty cool place to work. He is constantly looking for fresh ideas and new opportunities when it comes to technology support and on top of that, he juggles a long list of hobbies; from martial arts to climbing trees to grabbing a beer with friends around Boulder.

iSU and Career Thus Far

Describe your responsibilities here at iSU? I would say I am mostly in charge of cultivating new business and “steering the boat.”

Why did you choose to start iSU? Because I always really enjoyed working with people to make technology better. Technology is part of our lives whether we want it to be or not. It can be frustrating and it’s very rewarding remove that frustration from people’s lives.

How would you describe the culture of iSU? Personable, while being professional and conscientious. People who work here have a higher likelihood of being active and engaged members of the local community in addition to being members of an online community. People trust each other here as professionals and we work hard to ensure our clients trust us. We work hard to attain and retain that trust.

shaun2Tell me about your career prior to coming to iSU? I did my undergrad in environmental science with a focus in tree studies at a Unity College in Maine, graduating in 2000 with a BS. Then, I rode my bicycle for a month to blow off steam after school, from Maine to Iowa. Then I was an arborist in Tucson, Arizona. I did tree trimming with a chainsaw for palm trees, cactus, mesquite trees, palo verdes, pine trees and eucalyptus which actually grow really well in Arizona. After that I worked on an organic vegetable farm in Iowa for a year. Then I did environmental education and wound up being the director of a YMCA camp in southern New Jersey and I did all the school programming at a 600 acre camp that slept 400 people, with a staff of 15. I did a masters degree in education while at the YMCA and graduated in 2005. I bought my first computer in 2003 in order to do my masters degree online. Then I went to New Zealand and taught elementary school for 4 years with a class of 30 students age 7-9 and was also the IT administrator of that school. I taught the teachers how to teach IT as well as teaching students about how to use technology with their learning. Then moved to Boulder in 2009 and started the business.

Beyond the Office

What is the best thing about Boulder? Bike paths. I love bike paths. Being able to get from one place to another without ever touching a road is magic.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?  Skiing in the winter, gardening, cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, dancing to music, sailing, hiking, climbing and practicing capoeira.

shaun3How would your fellow coworkers describe working with you? Fun. I try not to stress anyone out. Choosing the appropriate battles because theres a lot of things you can battle in life…I also have the ability to do acrobatic moves on our desks.

What three things do you always have in your refrigerator? Homemade hot sauce, carrots, almond milk.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Do You Realize, Flaming Lips

Describe your perfect meal. Oddly enough I have pondered this question for hours at a time already. So, on the plate would be an eggplant parmesan sandwich, a piece of salmon, an arugula salad, a crab cake with tartar sauce, a lemon wedge and if I can get away with a piece of pizza on there as well. A new york style piece of pizza.

What is a recent concert you’ve been to? BoomBox at the Ogden.

Any embarrassing bad habits you’d like to share? I am a bit like a garbage disposal when it comes to the fridge. Things that normally people wouldn’t eat that have been sitting there for a whie, I’ll just eat it.  Eating things past their due date. That’s my bad habit.

In A Nutshell

What is the most challenging aspect of your job? Managing expectations.

What is the most fun aspect of your job? Hanging out with everybody here is awesome. I love the sound system and music and that we can all DJ when we want. I enjoy our range of fluids we can consumer here. The office as a whole is pretty dope.

Sum up working at iSU in 3 words. Super freaking awesome.

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