Nate Harmon

Nate Harmon

Chief Executive Grunt

Unlike most developers at Level 12 my background is not in Computer Science. Prior to joining the Level 12 team, I spent 7 years working in various part-time roles at UPS while pursuing training for ministry.

In 2009, I was invited to join what was then known as Intelicom as the Office Administrator (a.k.a. Grunt). During my tenure as ‘The Grunt’ I observed, questioned, and learned a lot about both the business and the technology. I also began studying more about networking and computers, and I eventually moved into a role as a technician with my primary responsibilities including desktop and network support and hosting customer service.

During 2013 I took some Microsoft SQL database courses and began learning some basic web technologies like HTML and CSS. Since Python is the programming language of choice at Level 12, I also started to learn Python using many of the free resources available on the web, like codecademy.com and learnpythonthehardway.org. I am grateful to be a part of such a great team of developers as I continue to hone my skills.

I have a B.S. from Baptist Bible College and a M. Div. from Southern Seminary. Although my degrees are not common on a programmer’s résumé, the many courses I took in Greek and Hebrew helped me gain a knack for learning new languages.

I have been married to my beloved wife Lisa since 2001 and we have been blessed with three kids.

Q&A

Do you deserve a geek badge? Why or why not?

Probably not. I can’t think of any good reasons why I do deserve one. I’d rather have a nerd badge anyway.

What’s your favorite bumper sticker?

I don’t really have a favorite, but in hopes of earning some points toward a geek badge I’ll say: “There are only 10 types of people in the world — those who understand binary and those who don’t” (I’m still not sure which type I am).

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

I would love to explore more of the world, and go on more adventures.

What do you miss most about being a child?

Life was definitely simpler during childhood, and I was more oblivious to the darkness that exists in the world.  As the old adage says, “Ignorance is bliss.”  Nevertheless, the light shines brighter in darkness, and as Samwise Gamgee once said, “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo.  The ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were.  Sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy?  How could the world go back to the way it was when there’s so much bad that happened?  But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.  Even darkness must pass.  A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine out all the clearer.  Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something.  Even if you were too small to understand why.  But, I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.  I know now.  Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.  They kept going, because they were holding on to something…that there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo.  And it’s worth fighting for.”

What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?

I like the opportunity to work together with friends. I also enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes after solving our client’s business problems.

Having to answer these questions!!!!!

What’s one of your favorite websites?

https://disrn.com

What’s your favorite quote?

“Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly,” (G.K. Chesterton)

Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,
Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.
– John Bunyan

What’s your goal in life?

I’m not good with goals and purpose statements.  I just want to strive to be faithful with the work and responsibilities that have been given to me.