Employee Spotlight: Alex Guanga

Name: Alex Guanga

Hometown: Corona, NY

Joined: June 10, 2019

Department(s): Data Engineering

Spoken Languages: English and Spanish

What excites you about being part of the Cherre family?
Being a part of a team that has brilliant people who are eager to teach is what makes work enjoyable. I have learned so much in the last nine months and I am looking forward to continuing my growth.

At Cherre, we are all snow leopards – what are you working on and what makes you unique? 
I am currently working on incorporating data from our partners into our ELT process. Thus, our mutual customers can quickly and efficiently get access to partner data. 

I wasn’t a Computer Science major so many of the tools/expertise I have acquired so far have been self-taught. I believe my hunger for knowledge, but also knowing when to ask questions, makes me unique.

How do you give back to the community to change our world for the better?  
I used to be the Teen Net Mentor and then Community Liaison at my local library. From time to time (not as much as I should), I visit the library and engage with the community. It’s always rewarding to help people who are not always aware of all the opportunities to prosper.

What keeps you curious and engaged to grow personally/professionally?   
When you work alongside smart people (like fellow Cherre employees Jason, Mathieson, Stefan, Sergei), it will push you to continuously learn. From becoming proficient in Python, to learning how DevOps operated and more, I’ve always loved learning. Since graduating from college in 2017, I have always taken at least two online courses simultaneously.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love working out, every morning at 5:30AM, I am at the gym. My routines are a combination of weight lifting, HITT cardio and stretching.

I also love reading, even though I am not reading as much as I have before. I am currently reading Unicorn Project (thanks, Stefan).

What is the last book you read/movie you watched?
Last book: F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems. I’d give it a 3.5/5.0.

If your life were being turned into a movie, who would play you or narrate your story?
Hmm, J. Cole would narrate my life.