Scality’s leaders have created Le Club in order to recognize and reward team members selected each year for their exceptional contribution to the company.
Together with this acknowledgment, Le Club members are also offered the opportunity of taking a trip together, to rest and enjoy the Scality spirit outside the workplace.
For the year 2016, 16 employees have been chosen. Scality will publish a portrait of different team member once a week.
38 years old
“The Happiness in Giving”
Dan Grimaldi’s first job wasn’t in computers but in the restaurant industry. When he graduated with a degree in computer science from Georgia Tech, it was just after the 9/11 events in 2001, the American economy wasn’t good, and it was difficult to find a job in his domain. Instead, for two years, Dan waited tables, tended bar and became a restaurant manager. This was an extremely enriching experience for him where he took pleasure in putting himself at the service of others. “I Iearned about how to support people and understand what they want,” he shares. “Being able to help them have a good experience in my restaurant made me very happy.”
Today, as technical account manager, a position where he exclusively accompanies certain important clients during several months, or even for an entire year, to assist them in installing Scality’s software, Dan shows the same devotion. “Dan is very loyal to the customers and totally committed to doing what’s right for them,” reveals one of his colleagues. Dan adds, “I really try my best to make sure that the customers have what they want and that they’re happy. I want to show them that we are partners, that we are on their side.”
Dan is equally generous with his team. “Helping my colleagues is very important to me,” he says. “I’ve trained a lot of new people in the company and I always try to answer any questions anybody asks. Sometimes, I even think that I worry about it all too much!”
At 38 years old and after four years at Scality, Dan has acquired a lot of experience in his field. Nevertheless, he remains humble and very grateful to the company. “I feel blessed working here,” he confides. “In comparison to my previous jobs, here I’m given a lot more control and responsibility, and that has allowed me for the past four years to grow into the adult that I want to be.”
Successful and confident in his work, Dan isn’t planning on slowing down. “I’m really happy with what I’m doing now but I also really want to learn new skills, to do different things,” he explains. “I would like to become a manager if there is a position that comes up one day. Being director of a team would be challenging but very exciting.”
In his private life, Dan is also fulfilled. In a few days, he will get married and he plans to start a family soon. Always enthusiastic, Dan likes to make the most of every moment. Every year, he goes to the Burning Man festival, during which tens of thousands of people gather in the Nevada’s desert to create a temporary city dedicated to community, art and self-expression. From time to time, he likes to play in amateur musicals. He also enjoys having people over and cooking a nice meal for them accompanied by a good bottle of wine.
Above all, he never stops cycling. His latest ride was the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day bike trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. Nothing in the world could stop Dan from missing the opportunity to help others.
Story by Julien Bourdet
Photo credit: Frank Roesner