Q: How long at the company?

A: 10 months

Q: Where in Charleston do you live?

A: Daniel Island

Q: What drew you to working in Charleston?

A: I was lucky enough to visit for a few days after my initial on-site interview, and I just fell in love with the scenery. Charleston is so vibrant and has so many great areas; I knew it was a place that I could be very happy. The Benefitfocus campus also wowed me. I never realized that I could have all the amenities of working in Silicon Valley - collaborative environments, amazing buildings, highly-skilled people - and still get to live in the South.

Q: Why do you think Charleston is a burgeoning tech sector?

A: There are a lot of really passionate, intelligent people in Charleston - both locals and those that have relocated - who want to work together to make something great. It’s very exciting to feel like you’re a part of the start of something, and a lot of great people are working hard to put Charleston on the map in the tech sector.

Q: Best advice to those looking to move to Charleston for work?

A: Visit before you move. There are so many wonderful neighborhoods to check out before deciding on one!

Q: What does Charleston Open Source mean to you? (In 5 words or less)

A: Southern innovation, intelligence, and passion.

Q: What's your motivation for working in Charleston?

A: The people and the atmosphere. The city is full of inspiration - from the great food to the bright colors on the peninsula to the sandy beaches and water - you can’t help but want to invent here. Plus you can’t beat the southern manners and hospitality!

Q: What does the Charleston tech community have to offer over other cities?

A: Charleston has all the great qualities of a big city, but still feels like a small town. You’ll never run out of things to do - there’s always a new restaurant or spot to listen to live music, but you always run into familiar faces. I might be a little biased, but the people that work in the tech sector in Charleston are the best. Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, my colleagues already feel like an extended family.

Q: It's the weekend - what do you do in Charleston?

A: There’s so much to choose from; I rarely do the same thing twice! If it’s a casual weekend, I might go to the beach or a brewery - Holy City and Revelry are two of my favorites. Brunch is usually a must - I love going to Obstinate Daughter and Husk. During baseball season, you can find me at the Joe for a Riverdogs game!

Q: Your not-to-miss spot in Charleston?

A: The Rarebit for their Moscow Mules

Q: Describe living in Charleston in ONE word.

A: Charming

Q: What's the most exciting thing happening in Charleston?

A: The food scene. Restaurants here are phenomenal.

Q: Favorite Charleston experience?

A: Oyster roasts! Hands down.

Q: Only in Charleston __________.

A: Does the sky look like cotton candy at sunset!

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