Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Floral Park, Long Island, but moved to Connecticut when I was ten. I’ve been in the Brookfield / New Milford area for the last 19 years.
Q: How did you choose this career path?
A: I have always been interested in technology and started building computers in high school. When I originally signed up for the computer science program at Western Connecticut State University I thought it was more hands-on computer work like building and repairing computers and networks. It turned about to be programming which I ended up enjoying more than building computers! Around the time that I started college I began teaching myself how to use WordPress and have been working in web programming ever since.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being given an idea or an image of what a website should look or act like and working with a team to turn that into something interactive and real.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a member of the ZGM team?
A: The people here are what makes ZGM great - everyone is available and willing to help each other. I also get to learn and use lots of new technologies which is fantastic!
Q: What is the strangest job you’ve ever had?
A: I volunteered as a firefighter/EMT in Brookfield for ten years which is not a strange job by any means, but we definitely had some strange calls. My favorite was when someone called to report a UFO landing on top of an apartment complex so the police department dispatched us to investigate. When we arrived on scene the caller was outside urging us to bring axes to the roof for protection. The UFO turned out to be a Chinese lantern.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “!false - it's funny because it's true” - Matt Noyce
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have two dogs Jack and Roxie. Jack is a seven year old Miniature Pinscher that we adopted when he was two and Roxie is a three year old German Shepherd that we adopted when she was three months old. I also have a freshwater fish tank with a bunch of different fish, snails, and shrimp.
Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
A: Make a bucket list.
Q: What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
A: Graduating college in three and half years while working full time.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
A: Taking my dogs to the park and doing improvements around the house.
Q: What’s your favorite food? Least favorite food?
A: Perfectly cooked steak (medium rare obviously). Olives.
Q: Pick three words to describe yourself.
A: Friendly, Interesting, Bald.
Q: Favorite musician?
A: The Piano Guys
Q: If you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?
A: Outer Space
Q: You’re about to perform in a karaoke bar. What song do you pick?
A: Build Me up Buttercup - only song I know all the words to.
Q: If you could live in a TV show, book, or movie, which one would you pick?
A: Any movie from the Marvel Universe.
Q: If you could hang out with anyone for a day, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
A: My grandfathers, they both passed when I was really little so I’d love to get a day just to get to know them.
Senior Technical Strategist, Developer
Greg Volpe is a full stack web developer with over 10 years experience designing, building, and maintaining websites. Greg received his bachelors in Computer Science with a concentration in Java from Western Connecticut State University in 2014. After completing college, Greg spent two years working as a project manager for a technology company before transitioning into a development role which gives him a unique perspective in client services and the development lifecycle of projects. Day to day, Greg works not only on large website development projects, but also helps service existing clients’ websites with updates and feature requests.