To show our appreciation for our volunteers, we turn the spotlight on them from time to time and learn what drives them day in and day out. Today, we meet volunteer Ryan Thomson of Maestro Technology Solutions in Bellevue, ID.
A volunteer since 2009, Thomson currently volunteers in support of the 2015 Instructors, Panelists & Moderators.
Why do you volunteer?
To work with the best and brightest in our industry, learn from them to be better at what I do, and network.
What’s your favorite CEDIA memory?
There are many favorites, most of them include the times after an event or training when we get to spend time with the CEDIA staff. Eating too many bar food "bottle caps" with Frank White and crew at 86th Street Pub is high up there, but that just makes my stomach hurt thinking about it more so than a favorite memory!
What’s your advice for new volunteers?
Just be yourself, it's a great family to be a part of.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Irons in the Fire
What songs are on the soundtrack to your life?
Wanted by Bon Jovi, Glory Days by Springstein, My Way by Sinatra
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Sun Valley, Idaho. Luckily, I already found it.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Ice Hockey Goal Pads
What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Milk, fresh eggs, bacon, and a jar of homemade pickles.
What is your favorite restaurant/color/sport/animal? Why?
CK's in Hailey, ID for their execution and farm-to-table approach. / Green, it tends to represent all good things / Ice Hockey for the great workout and teammates / Big Horn Sheep because I am always amazed by their nimbleness and stature to stand on cliff edges high above.
What phrase do you use the most?
"I regret nothing!" (usually proclaimed with a slight hint of facetiousness)
What is your all-time funniest prank?
A cold one: high school in Arizona, we filled up the entire lobby entrance from top to bottom with truck loads of snow cut by the local rink's Zamboni.