Part 2: Our People
As I reflect on the last 22 years on business, I must admit it’s a bit humbling that we even made it this far given how much trouble I initially had trying to figure out how to get a state business license, apply for a federal tax id number, and set up our first checking account.
The business part of running a business was not something I was prepared for. All I knew was that I had a knack for empathizing with my early customers and I was well-positioned to not only understand their problems but provide solutions. Back then those solutions sometimes included fixing printers (now my kryptonite), networking servers, and workstations. Now my skills with those things end at turning them off and on again.
The fact is that I don’t really need to know much about how they work these days because SiteCrafting is made up of a few dozen very smart, caring people who not only care about making sure things run smoothly but can actually make them work – in ways much better than I ever could. It’s because of these incredible people that SiteCrafting is able to keep our promises to our partners and clients every single day.
SiteCrafting’s first employee, Mike Ash, started as a contractor while he was finishing up his senior year at Pacific Lutheran University. I drove to his house to drop off his workstation.
“Look for the trash can up in the tree out front,” he said.
I assumed there was a reason that garbage can was in the tree, but maybe not. After living in a house that may as well have been straight out of a Cops episode when I attended Gonzaga University, I was unfazed -— and felt like Mike would fit right in. Today, Mike is our Vice President at SiteCrafting—a role he’s grown into after nearly 20 years at SiteCrafting.
Our second employee is Ken. Ken volunteered to work for free while he finished school and helped his fellow students finish their projects at Clover Park. When he was not writing code, Ken spent his time volunteering with the Special Olympics (still does) and throwing his heart and soul into whatever projects came his way. Ken is beloved by our clients and is a legend among our team.
Pictured below: Ken (left) and Mike (right) circa 2014 and 2020.