A Q&A With DattoyByte Winner, George Rouse

December 13, 2016

A Q&A With DattoyByte Winner, George Rouse

By: Chris Brunau

George Rouse, EMEA Web Developer, recently won the DattoByte, an award given to one employee each month because they go above and beyond in their job, exemplify Datto's core values, and contribute to the organization and culture. I recently sat down with George to chat about the award. 

Can you start off by explaining a bit about yourself and your role at Datto?

I was originally hired as a Web Developer for Datto EMEA, but we soon realized there were lots of other jobs that I could help with to make life easier for everyone else. So, my role developed, and I've been assigned several fun job titles, like "the mad hatter" and "the have-a-go hero".

What is a typical day like for you?

In one word, “Varied”. However, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Some of my more ‘web developer’ tasks this year include writing code for web pages such as EMEA DattoCon, and redesigning and simplifying the EMEA RTO tool. However, I also cross over to the creative side, working on booth designs for events, the Datto Defender, and a personal high, designing the branding for DattoCon EMEA.

Finally, I also handle Demand Generation here in the UK, where we have recently replicated the US team’s approach. That includes keeping Salesforce healthy and sending out emails through Marketo.

So, I might start my morning talking to the Lead Gen team and tidying up Salesforce, spend a few hours working on graphics for an event, then set up a Flow on Marketo, and maybe finish off by planning some Demand Gen activities.

How did you find out you had won the DattoByte award?

I was notified by email that I had been nominated and that was a shock. I never even thought that I would be nominated! When Austin announced the award at our Town Hall meeting, I went bright red. Everyone in the office was congratulating me, so I actually missed what Austin said, so I had to catch up on HomePool later that evening.

How does it feel to receive a company-wide honor?

It was amazing and a bit overwhelming. I've only been here since January, so to be recognized already was an amazing feeling. It makes me want to push forward and give even more back to Datto.

The stage is yours, anything else you would like to add?

Just want to say that although I have been awarded this, most of what I have done is a group effort and there is no way I could have done half of what I do without the amazing team around me. I work with Sarah Roberts the most, and together we make a great team. We bounce a lot of ideas off each other and world really well together. Also, Kerrie Featherstone and Kelly Harris have come up with some amazing ideas for events or overall branding that I have gone on to execute. Without these three my job would be impossible so I would love to say ‘thank you’ to them!