Meet 4th Source Solution Engineer Gerrard Thomas

8.15.16 By Cindy Baum

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What is your role at 4th Source?

As a Solution Engineer, I consider myself an evangelist for 4th Source, especially for customers who have not worked with a Mexican team before.

I typically discuss how we work, the quality of our team members, their proficiency with technology, our history of delivery, and contrast how working with our nearshore Mexican team differs from offshore vendors.

What do you love most about working with 4th Source?

I have been very fortunate to work with our Mexican team in Merida, Mexico City and Colima. They consistently work under intense pressure, but still remain positive and cooperative. They deliver with style and have made me feel like a member of the 4th Source family.

What is your most memorable moment at 4th Source?

Years ago, Debbie Ferber [Senior VP of Solution Engineering] could not attend the anniversary party and asked me to attend in her absence. She knew I was learning Spanish and suggested that it would be a good idea for me to conduct a speech.

I was absolutely terrified because my Spanish was undeveloped and giving a speech in a foreign language is no easy task. She wrote down what she wanted me to say. I translated it to Spanish (with help) and practiced until my head almost exploded.

The speech wasn't noteworthy, but the reaction from the team changed me forever. When I started speaking, the entire team applauded, made me feel welcome, and appreciated the effort. Some team members now expect me to give every speech in Spanish.

When you're not working at 4th Source, what can we find you doing?

I enjoy snowboarding, salsa dancing, weightlifting and golf. I'm considering learning Portuguese, however, so far so bad. It's more difficult for me than Spanish.

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One of the main reasons I decided to learn to dance Salsa was because of Ricardo Huerta, a 4th Source tech lead in Merida. He came to Denver for a project and I took him to a Salsa club. It was fun, even though I couldn't dance Salsa at the time.

What were you doing before you joined 4th Source?

I have lived in a few places. I was born in Cleveland Ohio, lived in San Diego for a few years, and ultimately ended up in Denver.

As a Marine, I lived in Iwakuni, Japan for a year. I almost decided to stay, but chose to move to San Diego. 

Where do you see your future?

I'd like to improve at the hobbies I enjoy, maintain good relationships with people close to me, and continue to develop professionally. I imagine my future as a product of the activities that I engage in.

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