On the Spot with Wade Leveille, Senior Software Engineer at Vend

January 23, 2024
April 10, 2024

On the Spot with Wade Leveille, Senior Software Engineer at Vend

January 23, 2024
April 10, 2024

From his home base in Sutton, MA, Wade Leveille has been navigating the innovative lanes of Vend for the past two months and quickly found his footing as a Senior Software Engineer. Today, we're sitting down with him to learn more about his journey and insights.

Q: Before landing at Vend, what were you working on?

A: I was at Slync.IO, where we were enhancing efficiency in the global freight industry through logistics orchestration. Despite its closure at the end of 2023, it was a pivotal experience in my career.

Q: Wade, what led you to join the Vend team?

A: After Slync closed, I was on the lookout for a startup with a compelling mission and team. Vend caught my attention with their innovative solutions for the parking industry and their venture into IoT devices. It felt like the perfect match.

Q: There must be aspects of your job at Vend that stand out as favorites. What are they?

A: Absolutely. The impact we can make daily here is what drives me. Vend's culture is all about taking ownership and being ready to jump on any challenge, which is incredibly fulfilling.

Q: Working in the parking industry is quite specific. What interests you about this field?

A: Coming from rural areas, parking wasn't something I thought about much before. Now, diving into the industry, I'm fascinated by the potential for innovation. Vend is at the forefront of that, which is exciting.

Q: Looking back, what achievements in your career are you most proud of?

A: Leading Intygral to an acquisition by Zywave in 2015 was a standout moment. Also, navigating through the highs and lows at Slync taught me a lot about resilience in startups.

Q: How would you describe the culture here at Vend?

A: It's fast-paced and exciting. We all come in with a clear focus on our mission to innovate in the parking industry, leaving any egos behind.

Q: There's always something new to learn about someone. What's something about you that might surprise us?

A: I've never worked for a large company. Vend, like my previous experiences, is under 500 employees.

Q: Can you talk about a project at Vend that's been particularly interesting for you?

A: The V4 technology rebuild has been a highlight. I've been deeply involved in kiosk integration and developing LPR logic. It's been rewarding to contribute to the core architecture from the start.

Q: If you could offer a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

A: Explore more and gain a broad tech experience early on. Also, invest in real estate and find a mentor who can guide you through your career path.

Q: Imagine you could choose any superpower. What would it be?

A: Time travel, without a doubt. To revisit simpler times would be amazing.

Q: How did you first get interested in tech?

A: It all started in the '90s when my dad brought home our first computer. I was fascinated, dabbling in Visual Basic and building my own computers. It's been a passion ever since.

Q: Looking ahead, what are your goals with Vend?

A: I aim to help Vend become the leading solution in parking and garage management.

Q: Before we wrap up, any personal tidbits you'd like to share? What's the last song you listened to, or what are you currently watching or reading?

A: The last song I had on was 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd. My wife and I are watching 'Sons of Anarchy' together. And on my bucket list? Getting my Private Pilot License. Also, I enjoy playing guitar and dirt biking with my son.

Thanks, for chatting with us Wade. We are so glad to have you as part of the team!

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