To thine own self be true. – Hamlet
Meet Rob Drogotta, one of FrogSlayer’s very own senior leaders. Rob hails from Grapevine (Dallas area) and after visiting Texas A&M University when deciding where to go to college, he fell in love with the atmosphere, the people, and the Aggie Spirit of it all. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), Rob spent the next 20 years gaining experience in the software developing and consulting world in Houston, the Silicon Valley, and Florida.
What led you to software development and consulting?
When I was 11 years old, my parents bought me a computer for Christmas, and I was actually very upset because I wanted a bike. But, as it turns out, it was a pretty great gift because it sparked my interest in computers, games, and coding. Everything after that seemed to fall into place. I checked out other majors, but I was always drawn to computers and technology. Now, I just really love both the development side and the consulting side of software.
What led you to College Station and FrogSlayer?
Well, after graduating from TAMU in 1996, I went to Houston where I worked for about 20 years. During those 20 years, I did a 4-year stint in Silicon Valley, California during the hub of start-ups and global technology companies. I really enjoyed my time there! However, I knew I didn’t want to raise a family in that area – I wanted to raise them in Texas! So, we came back to the Houston area and I started my family there. For a short period of time, I move to Florida not too long ago to be closer to my family but re-connected with an old girlfriend from TAMU which led me to moving back to College Station with my kids to merge our two families together. Now, my wife and our 8 kids call College Station home together and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else to continue raising my family.
What’s your favorite part of software development and consulting?
I saw the FrogSlayer job posting and knew instantly that this was the job for me. It balanced the technical side of software with the business side of software and helping clients so well that it spoke to me because that’s exactly what I love about my work. I was grateful to find this job to also be in College Station – things just fell into place.
There are many things I love about my job, but I would have to say that it all sums up to me getting the opportunity to solve technical problems and, more importantly, business problems. Client management and not having to work on one product all fulfills me. I thrive on being a consultant, helping the client ask the right questions, and finding the right solutions.
What are your hobbies?
I’ve been playing the guitar for about a year now, so it’s a new hobby, but I consider it a serious hobby of mine. I love the idea of being a musician and if I would have started earlier, I might have been on a different path right now! My goal is to play “Over the Hills and Far Away” by Led Zeppelin one day. I’m not there yet, but…one day.
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
Probably a continued integration of technology into our day to day lives. I’m not sure what that means exactly but it could look like an integration of technology and cooking, mowing lawns, etc. Making our daily tasks a bit easier without being intrusive and remaining simple.
“I really like working with a bunch of really, really smart people who are all empowered to do great things,” said Rob. Rob is one of our team members who empowers each person on his team, as well as his client to do great things each day – we’re really glad he found his way back to Aggieland!