We’re proud to announce the new addition of new Director of Operations, Michael Chun. To show just how much of a team player he is, Michael agreed to do an awesome Q&A with us.
Megatrax: First of all, glad to have you aboard! Why don’t you tell us about your professional background in IT?
Michael Chun: Thank you! My professional career in IT started in the Coast Guard as an Information Systems Technician (Petty Officer Third Class) where I spent several years servicing a large AOR maintaining and deploying a plethora of IT equipment and systems (mostly because the Coast Guard really didn’t know what to do with IT’s so they just sort of gave us everything). Before that I had always been working with computers at home and tinkering around with gadgets and video editing. After the Coast Guard my wife tricked me into moving to Georgia where I worked as a Systems Administrator for a Sherriff’s Office/County Jail working their VOIP phones and other intermittent issues they were having with a web application the company that hired me gave them to work with their system. Towards the end of that temp position I nabbed a job as a Desktop Support Specialist at a hospital. There I developed the company’s new system suite for Help Desk ticketing, resolution inventory, Standard Operation Procedure library, remote application deployment and management system (Dell KACE), and remote (re)imaging for our organization’s IT infrastructure. About a year later I was brought onto the Applications team as a Application/Data Analyst where I revamped the way the company wrote, received, and shared actionable reports that affected patient care and turnaround times for various aspects of the hospital. After all this Georgia left me miserable and craving real Mexican food so I finally convinced my wife to come with me back to L.A. Best decision ever.
I landed a job as a Reporting Analyst (III) at a Financial Services company (dealing mostly with real estate). I spent about 6 months there and, during that time, realized that Data and Analytics wasn’t for me, but I definitely wanted to stay in IT. Then Megatrax found me! I’ve always wanted to work in entertainment and at a creative company that legitimately makes something of their own for once. I’ve been here a little over a month and can definitely say this is the best place I’ve had the pleasure of working at since I was 16. The environment here at Megatrax is a huge breath of fresh air when you come from a corporate and military background and, if I can help it, I’m never going back.
MX: That’s good to hear! As you mentioned, we are a creative company that produces our own music, therefore it’s incredibly important to us. What’s your relationship with music?
MC: I love good music. I wish mainstream media would pick up on that, too… I started my relationship with music playing the piano as a child (like all good Asian children do) and hated it (also like most Asian children do). At least it wasn’t the clarinet. When I hit middle school I picked up the alto sax. I have no idea why I gravitated to that instrument but it ended up being some of the most fun I ever had playing any sort of instrument. Unfortunately I’ve fallen out of touch with it but since then I’ve picked up the guitar, drums, bass guitar, and occasional singing. It’s been a long while since I’ve set aside the time to play and saying that I’m “rusty” is probably a pretty accurate way to describe my ability at this point.
MX: Last question – if you were stuck on a desert island, which five albums would you take?
If I had to choose it’d be these:
- Childish Gambino – Kauai
- Switchfoot – Learning to Breathe
- Relient K. – Mmhmm
- Michael Buble – To Be Loved
- Rent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack